The 2015 Heisman Trophy tracker, Week 12: Injuries and upsets dominate the weekend

Week 12 of the college football season was a weird one indeed as backup quarterbacks played a huge role in ending undefeated seasons and crushing Heisman hopes.

Injuries also played a huge part, as key members of some of the best teams had to sit out or left games. Through all of that, there were still a few players who stood out.

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

Off the list

Connor Cook, quarterback, senior,  Michigan State

Cook did not play as the Spartans shocked Ohio State 17-14 on a last-second kick. On the season, he has completed 56.3 percent of his throws for 2,482 yards and 21 touchdowns in 10 games.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, wide receiver, sophomore, USC

Smith-Schuster had a decent afternoon as the Trojans got beat by Oregon 48-28. He caught five passes for 57 yards. On the season, he has 68 receptions for 1,217 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 games.

Just missed the cut

Matt Breida, running back, junior, Georgia Southern

Breida had  a solid day as the Eagles fell to the Georgia Bulldogs 23-17 in overtime. He carried the ball 20 times for 66 yards and caught a pass. On the season, he has 159 carries for 1,308 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Up next is a matchup with South Alabama on Saturday.

Brian Hill, running back, sophomore, Wyoming

Hill had the week off to get ready for another Mountain West Conference battle. On the season, he has 246 carries for 1,399 yards and five touchdowns with 18 catches for 114 yards in 11 games.

Up next is a matchup with UNLV.

Alex Collins, running back, junior, Arkansas

Collins had a slow day as the Razorbacks fell 51-50 to Mississippi State. He carried the ball 19 times for 53 yards and caught three passes. On the season, he has 218 carries for 1,262 yards and 14 touchdowns in 11 games. He also has 12 catches for 97 yards.

Up next is a test against Missouri on Friday.

The list

25. Jordan Howard, running back, junior, Indiana

Howard got bit by the injury bug again as the Hoosiers beat Maryland 47-28 for their first Big 10 win of the year. He totaled just three carries for 14 yards. On the season, he has carried the ball 196 times for 1,213 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 11 catches for 106 yards in nine games.

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

24. Shock Linwood, running back, junior, Baylor

Linwood had a solid outing as the Bears bounced back from theirs first loss of the year with a 45-35 win over Oklahoma State. He carried the ball 20 times for 91 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has 175 carries for 1,240 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games.

Up next is a huge test against TCU on Friday.

23. Devontae Booker, running back, senior, Utah

Booker did not play because of a knee injury and is out for the rest of the season, according to an ESPN.com report. http://espn.go.com/ncf/story/_/id/14188949/devontae-booker-utah-utes-bowl-game. On the season, he finished with 268 carries for 1,261 yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 37 catches for 318 yards.

22. Tyler Ervin, running back, senior, San Jose State

Ervin had a big game on the ground on as a receiver as the Spartans beat Hawaii 42-23. He carried the ball 20 times for 114 yards and a score with six catches for 62 yards. On the season, he has carried the ball 253 times for 1,417 yards and 13 touchdowns to go along with 40 receptions for 307 yards and two more scores.

Up next is a tough test against Boise State on Friday.

21. Paxton Lynch, quarterback, junior, Memphis

Lynch had a rough outing as the Tigers got beat by Temple 31-12. He completed 25 of 34 passes for 156 yards while getting sacked twice. On the season, he has completed 69.1 percent of his throws for 3,448 yards and 21 touchdowns in 11 games.

Up next is a battle with SMU on Saturday.

20. Larry Rose III, running back, sophomore, New Mexico State

Rose had a huge day as the Aggies won their third game in a row with a 37-34 victory over Louisiana Lafayette. He carried the ball 27 times for 191 yards and caught two passes. On the season, he has 198 carries for 1,481 yards and 12 touchdowns to go along with 26 receptions for 277 yards and two more scores in 10 games.

Up next is a matchup with Arkansas State on Saturday.

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

Ward didn’t start the game and played just one series as the Cougars dropped a 20-17 contest to the UConn Huskies. He completed just 1 of 4 passes for 18 yards and an interception. On the season, he has completed 68.5 percent of his throws for 2,194 yards and 13 touchdowns to go along with 810 yards and 16 scores in the running game.

Up next is a battle with Navy on Friday.

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

Lewis had a rough day as the Falcons fell 44-28 to Toledo. He caught just three passes for 32 yards. On the season,, he has 72 receptions for 1,342 yards and 14 touchdowns in 11 games.

Up next is a matchup with Ball State on Tuesday.

17. Patrick Mahomes, quarterback, sophomore, Texas Tech

Mahomes had the week off to prepare for a huge Big 12 test.  On the season, he has completed 65.7 percent of his throws for 3,911 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also has nine rushing scores.

Up next is a matchup with Texas.

16. Matt Johnson, quarterback, senior, Bowling Green

Johnson threw two interceptions as the Falcons fell to Toledo 44-28. He completed 28 of 46 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns. On the season, he has completed 68.3 percent of his throws for 4,229 yards and 39 touchdowns and six interceptions in 11 games. He also has three rushing scores.

Up next is a matchup with Ball State on Tuesday.

15. Dak Prescott, quarterback, senior, Mississippi State

Prescott had a huge performance as the Bulldogs held on to beat Arkansas 51-50. He completed 38 of 50 passes for 508 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 46 yards and two scores in the running game. On the season, he has completed 66.2 percent of his throws for 3,159 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also has 478 rushing yards and nine more scores in 11 games.

Up next is a battle with Mississippi on Saturday.

14. Keenan Reynolds, quarterback, senior, Navy

Reynolds had an efficient game as the Midshipmen beat Tulsa 44-21. He carried the ball 19 times for 81 yards and a touchdown while completing 2 of 3 passes for 55 yards and another score. On the season, he has 201 carries for 1,009 yards and 18 touchdowns. He has also thrown for 652 yards and five scores in 10 games.

Up next is a road trip to face Houston on Friday.

13. Josh Doctson, wide receiver, senior, TCU

Doctson is out for the last two regular season games with a wrist injury, according to ESPN.com. On the season, he has 79 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns in 10 games.

12. Brandon Doughty, quarterback, senior, Western Kentucky

Doughty had his ninth straight game with at least three touchdown passes as the Hilltoppers crushed Florida International 63-7. He completed 16 of 21 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns. On the season, he has completed 72.8 percent of his throws for 3,814 yards and 37 touchdowns in 11 games.

Up next is a matchup with Marshall on Friday.

11. Royce Freeman, running back, sophomore, Oregon

Freeman had his seventh consecutive 100-yard rushing game as the Ducks beat USC 48-28. He carried the ball 20 times for 147 yards and caught two passes for 50 yards. On the season, he has 230 carries for 1,539 yards and 12 touchdowns with 21 catches for 274 yards and two more scores in 11 games.

Up next is a battle with Oregon State on Friday.

10. Luke Falk, quarterback, sophomore, Washington State

Falk was having a very nice performance before he left the game with an injury early in the third quarter in a 27-3 win over Colorado. He completed 27 of 35 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has completed 70.7 percent of his throws for 4,266 yards and 36 touchdowns.

The extend of his injury and whether he will be ready to face Washington are unclear at this time.

9. Trevone Boykin, quarterback, senior, TCU

Boykin did not play as the Horned Frogs dropped a heartbreaking 30-29 decision to Oklahoma. On the season, he has completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 3,427 yards and 29 touchdowns to go along with 596 rushing yards and eight scores in 10 games.

Up next is a huge test against Baylor on Friday.

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

Elliott had a slow day as the Buckeyes dropped a 17-14 decision to Michigan State. He carried the ball just 12 times for 33 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has 232 carried for 1,45 yards ad 17 touchdowns with 24 catches for 169 yards in 11 games.

Up next is a huge matchup with Michigan on Saturday.

7. Leonard Fournette, running back, sophomore, LSU 

Fournette put up big numbers, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers got beat by Mississippi 38-17. He carried the ball 25 times for 108 yards and caught four passes for 72 yards. On the season, he has 239 carries for 1,582 yards and 17 touchdowns with 14 catches for 166 yards in 10 games.

Up next is a battle with Texas A&M on Saturday.

6. Baker Mayfield, quarterback, junior, Oklahoma

Mayfield helped the Sooners jump out to a big lead before he left the games as Oklahoma beat TCU 30-29. He threw for 127 yards and two touchdowns while adding 42 rushing yards. On the season, he has completed 68.7 percent of his passes for 3,209 yards and 33 touchdowns with six rushing scores in 11 games.

Up next is a massive game with Oklahoma State on Saturday.

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

Cook had a very productive day as the Seminoles beat Chattanooga 52-13. He carried the ball 15 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns. On the season, he has 185 carries for 1,475 yards and 16 touchdowns with 19 catches for 207 yards and another score in 10 games.

Up next is a huge road test with Florida on Saturday.

4. Corey Coleman, wide receiver, junior, Baylor

Coleman had a sub par day by his standards, but still contributed as the Bears beat Oklahoma State 45-35. He caught five passes for 77 yards and carried the ball three times for 21 yards. On the season, he has 66 receptions for 1,306 yards and 20 touchdowns in 10 games.

Up next is a huge Big 12 matchup with TCU on Friday.

3. Christian McCaffrey, running back, sophomore, Stanford

McCaffrey had a recording-setting night as the Cardinal beat Cal 35-22. He carried the ball 29 times for 192 yards, caught a 49-yard touchdown pass and returned a kick 98 yards for another score. On the season, he has 260 carries for 1,546 yards and seven touchdowns with 34 catches for 416 yards and three more scores in 11 games.

Up next is a key matchup with Notre Dame on Saturday.

2. Deshaun Watson, quarterback, sophomore, Clemson

Watson accounted for four touchdowns as the Tigers beat Wake Forest 33-13. He completed 24 of 35 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 44 yards and another score on the ground. On the season, he has completed 70.1 percent of his throws for 2,944 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also has 642 yards and six rushing touchdowns.

Up next is a matchup with South Carolina on Saturday.

1. Derrick Henry, running back, junior, Alabama

Henry had a nice showing in limited touches as the Crimson Tide beat Charleston Southern 56-6. He carried the ball nine times for 68 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pass for 28 yards. On the season, he has 249 carries for 1,526 yards and 21 touchdowns with 10 catches for 97 yards in 11 games.

Up next is a trip to face Auburn on Saturday.

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