The 2015 Heisman Trophy tracker, week 7: Fournette tries to hold on to the top spot

Posted: October 18, 2015 in college football, football, Heisman Trophy, NCAA, rankings, sports, Utah Football, Utah Utes

Week 7 of the college football season was full of unbelievable finishes, come-from-behind victories and big upsets. There were also some amazing performances from some of the leading candidates for the 2015 Heisman Trophy. While LSU running back Leonard Fournette is getting most of the notoriety, plenty of other bigtime players are closing the gap for college football’s biggest individual prize.

Here is my ranking of the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy after the seventh weekend.

Just missed the cut

Cody Kessler, quarterback, senior, USC

Kessler put up some big numbers, but it wasn’t enough as the Trojans fell to Notre Dame 41-31. He completed 30 of 46 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns to go along with a rushing score. One the season, he has completed 68.5 percent of his throws for 1,818 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Up next is a matchup with the Utah Utes on Saturday.

Tyler Ervin, running back, senior, San Jose State

Ervin had a rough night as the Spartans lost 30-7 to San Diego State. He carried the ball 17 times for 22 yards and had three catches for negative yards. On the season, he has 157 carries for 896 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also has 28 receptions for 221 yards and two scores.

Up next is a matchup with New Mexico on Saturday.

Daniel Braverman, wide receiver, junior, Western Michigan

Braverman had his lowest receiving output of the season, but still found the end zone as the Broncos handled Ohio 49-14. He caught six passes for 56 yards, including second-quarter touchdowns of 7 and 27 yards. On the season, he has 62 passes for 714 yards and nine touchdowns.

Up next is a matchup with Miami (OH) on Saturday.

The list

25. JuJu Smith-Schuster, wide receiver, sophomore, USC

Smith-Schuster had a productive outing even though USC got knocked off 41-31 by Notre Dame. He caught six passes for 139 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown. On the season, he has 39 receptions for 758 yards and seven touchdowns in six games.

Up next is a battle with Utah on Saturday.

24. Leonte Carroo, wide receiver, senior, Rutgers

Despite only playing four of the Scarlet Knights’ six games, Carroo has put up huge numbers. In the 55-52 win over Indiana, he caught seven passes for 157 yards, including touchdowns of 58, 23 and 43 yards. On the season, he has 21 catches for 472 yards and nine touchdowns.

Up next is a matchup with Ohio State on Saturday.

23. Matt Breida, running back, junior, Georgia Southern

Breida had his fifth consecutive 100-yard game as the Eagles beat New Mexico State 56-26. He carried the ball 13 times for 137 yards, including a touchdown run of 20 yards. On the season, he has 85 carries for 875 yards and 11 touchdowns in six games.

Up next is a huge Sun Belt matchup with Appalachian State on Thursday.

22. Luke Falk, quarterback, sophomore, Washington State

Falk had another special day as the Cougars beat up Oregon State 52-31. He completed 39 of 50 passes for 407 yards and six touchdowns as Washington State improved to 2-1 in the Pac-12. On the season, he has completed 72.3 percent of his throws for 2,371 yards and 21 touchdowns as well as three scoring in the running game.

Up next is a trip to Arizona to face off with the Wildcats on Saturday.

21. Matt Johnson, quarterback, senior, Bowling Green

Johnson had as many touchdown passes as he did incompletions as the Falcons pounded Akron 59-10. He completed 25 of 30 passes for 357 yards and five touchdowns. On the season, he has completed 70.5 percent of his throws for 2,891 yards and 24 touchdowns with just three interceptions.

Up next is a matchup with Kent State on Saturday.

20. Connor Cook, quarterback, senior,  Michigan State

Cook didnt have a great day, but the Spartans remained undefeated thanks to a Michigan special teams miscue. He completed 18 of 39 passes for 328 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has completed 57.2 percent of his throws for 1,662 yards and 13 touchdowns in seven games.

Up next is a battle with Indiana on Saturday.

19. Deshaun Watson, quarterback, sophomore, Clemson

Watson had a huge game as the Tigers beat Boston College 34-17. He completed 27 of 41 passes for 420 yards and two touchdowns while carrying the ball 11 times for 32 yards and another score. On the season, he has completed 68.2 percent of his throws for 1,410 yards and 14 touchdowns with 234 yards and two scores in the running game.

Up next is a battle with Miami (FL) on Saturday.

18. Derrick Henry, running back, junior, Alabama

Henry had his best game of the year as the Crimson Tide knocked off Texas A&M 41-23. He carried the ball 32 times for 236 yards and two touchdowns and had a reception for 18 yards. On the season he has 152 carries for 901 yards and 12 touchdowns in seven games.

Up next is a SEC battle with Tennessee on Saturday.

17. Christian McCaffrey, running back, sophomore, Stanford

McCaffrey had a monster night as the Cardinal hammered UCLA 56-35 on Thursday night. He carried the ball 25 times for 243 yards, including touchdown runs of 9, 28, 70 and 6 yards. On the season, he has 130 carries for 844 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 16 receptions for 172 yards and another score.

Up next is a battle with Washington on Saturday.

16. Royce Freeman, running back, sophomore, Oregon

Freeman reached the 100-yard mark for the third straight week as the Ducks beat Washington 26-20. He carried the ball 27 times for 138 yards. On the season, he has 150 carries for 997 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 15 catches for 179 yards and two more scores.

Up next for Oregon is a bye week before a matchup with Arizona State.

15. Roger Lewis, wide receiver, sophomore, Bowling Green

Lewis had a great game as the Falcons hammered Akron 59-10. He caught six passes for 118 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On the season, he has 54 receptions for 1,020 yards and nine touchdowns in seven games.

Up next is a contest with Kent State on Saturday.

14. Greg Ward Jr., quarterback, junior, Houston

Ward is one of the best dual-threat signal callers in the game today. He had another solid game in a 42-7 win over Tulane. He completed 17 of 25 throws for 222 yards and a touchdown while adding 14 carries for 77 yards and three scores. On the season, he has completed 71.8 percent of his passes for 1,524 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 631 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground in six games.

Up next is a road trip to face Central Florida on Saturday.

13. Baker Mayfield, quarterback, junior, Oklahoma

Mayfield had a great day as the Sooners returned to form with a 55-0 win over Kansas State. He completed 20 of his 27 passes for 282 yards, including first-half touchdowns of 22, 10, 28, 3 and 5 yards. On the season, he has completed 67.4 percent of his throws for 1,875 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also has 166 rushing yards and four scores.

Up next is a Big 12 matchup with Texas Tech on Saturday.

12. Shock Linwood, running back, junior, Baylor

Linwood had a solid day as Baylor beat West Virginia 62-38. He carried the ball 19 times for 84 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown run . On the season, he has 94 carries for 803 yards and eight touchdowns to go along with a pair of receptions.

Up next is a home game with Iowa State on Saturday.

11. Brandon Doughty, quarterback, senior, Western Kentucky

Doughty put up more ridiculous numbers as the Hilltoppers beat North Texas 55-28. He completed 26 of 37 passes for 350 yards, including first-half touchdowns of 5, 2, 56 and 31 yards. On the season, he has completed 74.1 percent of his throws for 2,709 yards and 24 touchdowns with just four interceptions in seven games.

Up next is a tough test against LSU on Saturday.

10. Devontae Booker, running back, senior, Utah

Booker came up big in the fourth quarter as the Utes came from behind the beat Arizona State 34-18. He carried the ball 21 times for 118 yards, including four-quarter touchdown runs of 25 and 62 yards. He added four receptions for 14 yards. On the season, he has 161 carries for 783 yards and eight touchdowns and 23 receptions for 208 yards in six games.

Up next is a road trip to face USC on Saturday.

9. C.J. Prosise, running back, senior, Notre Dame

Prosise had another impressive night as the Fighting Irish beat USC 41-31. He carried the ball 19 times for 143 yards, including touchdown runs of 25 and 6 yards. He also caught five passes for 32 yards. On the season, he has 129 carries for 922 yards and 11 touchdowns with 18 receptions for 219 yards and another score in seven games.

Up next is a bye week before a tough matchup with Temple.

8. Ezekiel Elliott, running back, junior, Ohio State

Elliott had an impressive outing as the Buckeyes beat Penn State 38-10. He carried the ball 27 times for 153 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown run. On the season, he has 148 carries for 988 yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 20 catches for 131 yards in seven games.

Up next is a road test against Rutgers on Saturday.

7. Paxton Lynch, quarterback, junior, Memphis

Lynch had a monster afternoon as the Tigers stayed undefeated with a 37-24 win over Mississippi. He completed 39 of 53 passes for 384 yards, including touchdown throws of 1, 6 and 31 yards. On the season, he has completed 71.4 percent of his passes for 1,919 yards and 13 touchdowns in six games.

Up next is a contest with Tulsa on Friday night.

6. Dalvin Cook, running back, sophomore, Florida State

Cook played a huge role as the Seminoles beat Louisville 41-21. He carried the ball 22 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns while catching four passes for 60 yards. On the season, he has 110 carries for 955 yards and 10 touchdowns in six games. He also has 11 catches for 131 yards and a score.

Up next is an ACC road test against Georgia Tech.

5. Josh Doctson, wide receiver, senior, TCU

Doctson had another huge performance as the Horned Frogs beat Iowa State 45-21. He caught 10 passes for 190 yards, including touchdowns of 20 and 42 yards. On the season, he has 60 receptions for 1,067 yards and 12 touchdowns in seven games.

Up next is a bye week before a visit from West Virginia.

4. Seth Russell, quarterback, junior, Baylor

Russell had a huge showing with his arm and his legs as the Bears beat up West Virginia 62-38. He completed 20 of 33 passes for 380 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 14 carries for 160 yards and another score. On the season, he has completed 63.2 percent of his throws for 1,907 yards and 27 touchdowns in six games. He has also carried the ball 41 times for 338 yards and five scores.

Up next is Big 12 matchup against Iowa State on Saturday.

3. Corey Coleman, wide receiver, junior, Baylor

Coleman had his fifth straight multi-touchdown game as the Horned Frogs beat West Virginia 62-38. He caught a season-high 10 passes for 199 yards, including touchdowns of 2, 11 and 33 yards. On the season, he has 41 catches for 877 yards and 16 touchdowns in six games.

Up next is a visit from Iowa State on Saturday.

2. Trevone Boykin, quarterback, senior, TCU

Boykin had a monster game as TCU beat Iowa State 45-21. He completed 27 of 32 passes for 436 yards and four touchdowns to go along with 13 carries for 74 yards and another score. On the season, he has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 2,539 yards and 25 touchdowns with 440 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in seven games.

Up next is a bye week before a Big 12 clash with West Virginia.

1. Leonard Fournette, running back, sophomore, LSU 

Fournette had a big night as the Tigers beat Florida 35-28. He carried the ball a season-high 31 times for 180 yards, including touchdown runs of 2 and 6 yards. On the season, he has 150 carries for 1,202 yards and 14 touchdowns with six receptions for 56 yards.

Up next is a tough test with Western Kentucky on Saturday.

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