Barring an injury or an underwhelming rest of the season, the Heisman Trophy will have Lamar Jackson’s name etched into the award. Jake Browning had the strongest performance out of the contenders not named Lamar Jackson, but at this point, the race seems to be over. Here’s the Heisman rankings after Week 10:
D’Onta Foreman (RB, Texas)
I’d make an argument that Foreman has been the best running back in the nation and is a better Heisman contender than the consistent Donnell Pumphrey. Foreman has rushed for well over 100 yards in all of his games this year and been carrying the Longhorns on his back. In Week 10, Foreman ran for a career-high 341 yards and 3 TDs, which is the most rushing yards by a running back in a game this year. What’s kept Foreman down in the Heisman race is the shaky year Texas has had, but the Longhorns have become stronger and stronger and are on track for a bowl game behind the work of Foreman.
Jalen Hurts (QB, Alabama)
His numbers haven’t been impressive, but this true freshman knows how to come up big in the crucial moments. In a tough defensive battle between Alabama and LSU, it was Hurts’ 21-yard TD run that made the difference. His composure in big games against Tennessee, Texas A&M and now LSU deserves to put him in the conversation for the Heisman, but as mentioned earlier in the season, he’s not the best Heisman contender on this Crimson Tide team.
5) Jonathan Allen (DE, Alabama) – WEEK 9: N/R
Alabama wouldn’t be the #1 team in the nation without their front-seven, which shut down Leonard Fournette last week and to be fair, guys like Reuben Foster, Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson deserve an honourable mention. But Jonathan Allen is the clear leader of this pack and is good enough to be a top pick at the next level. Against LSU, he had three tackles, a sack and a QB hurry. He now has seven sacks for the year .
4) Jabrill Peppers (S, Michigan) – WEEK 9: #4
Peppers wasn’t spectacular against Maryland in Week 10, but his versatility continues to stand out. He ran for 19 yards, recorded five tackles and a tackle for loss. For the year, Peppers is second in tackles on his Michigan side and leads the team with 13.5 tackles for loss to go with seven QB hurries.
3) Deshaun Watson (QB, Clemson) – WEEK 9: #2
Watson had three total touchdowns before a bruised shoulder kept him out of the second half. There was no need for him to play as Clemson was up 30-0 at that point against Syracuse, but it did affect his Heisman campaign as Washington’s Jake Browning leapfrogged him in the rankings.
2) Jake Browning (QB, Washington) – WEEK 9: #3
Browning dominated in a win over Cal, throwing for 378 yards and 6 touchdowns. He has the best passer efficiency in the nation, throwing for a total of 34 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions, while also running for four scores. Washington is still undefeated and are now #4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, but Browning’s issue remains that he plays on the West Coast, where most of the East Coast voters are asleep by then.
1) Lamar Jackson (QB, Louisville) – WEEK 9: #1
Another game, another video game stat line for the Heisman leader. Heading into the weekend, Boston College was ranked #9 in the nation for total defense. Then Lamar Jackson casually put up 416 total yards and 7 touchdowns against them. The Louisville star now has 45 total touchdowns in 9 games this year and is on track to break former Hawaii QB Colt Brennan’s FBS record (63 touchdowns in 14 games).