Saturday, November 28, 2015

HEISMAN WATCH/RANKINGS #2

By: Connor Glowacki

We are approaching the end of the college football season and are only weeks away from crowning a new winner for the Heisman trophy. With a weekend full of exciting matchups on the way, here is 'CKG, From The Sidelines' updated Heisman rankings.

1.) Alabama Running Back Derrick Henry
2015 Stats: 249 Carries. 1,526 yards. 21 TDs.
Year: Junior

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Photo courtesy of Sporting News.
     In a year full of talented running backs crowding the top of the Heisman field, Henry has been the sole back to emerge as the frontrunner. He has scored at least one touchdown in every single game this season, run for over 125 yards in seven games and has been the most consistent out of all of the Heisman candidates. It doesn't hurt that Alabama is also currently ranked second in the College Football Playoff.
     Like wide receiver Amari Cooper a year ago, Henry is the number one offensive threat for the Crimson Tide and has still been able to display physical toughness and breakaway speed against defenses.
     If Alabama beats Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Sunday and make the College Football Playoff, Henry should continue the tradition of Alabama running backs winning the coveted trophy.

2.) Oklahoma Quarterback Baker Mayfield
2015 Stats: 226/329. 3,209 yards. 33 TDs and 5 INTs. 120 carries. 343 yards. 6 TDs.
Year: Junior

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Photo courtesy of Dallasnews.com
     I originally had Mayfield making the Heisman Top 4 in our last Heisman watch in September and the junior quarterback has taken his game to a whole new level to put Oklahoma at number three in the College Football Playoff.
     Mayfield has maintained a 68% completion percentage and has shined in the brightest moments. In games against ranked teams like TCU and Baylor, Mayfield has thrown five touchdowns to just one interception.
     He reportedly suffered a concussion against TCU, which limited his statistical offering, but if he plays and leads the Sooners to a victory over rival Oklahoma State and keeps the Sooners in the College Football playoff, Mayfield might steal the Heisman trophy away from Henry.

3.) Clemson Quarterback Deshaun Watson
2015 Stats: 241/344. 2,944 yards. 26 TDs and 10 INTs. 118 carries. 642 yards. 6 TDs.
Year: Sophomore

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Photo courtesy of Sporting News
     There is no doubt that Watson deserves to be in the top tier for this year's Heisman trophy. Watson leads the number one team in the College Football Playoff rankings and has done it with an impressive 70.1% completion percentage and an ability to combine his passing skills with his athleticism to run the football.
     But the thing that I think will hold back Watson from winning will be a weaker schedule, compared to other finalists in the field. You can't blame Watson for  the conference that his university plays for, but would his numbers be as great if he played in the same conferences that Henry or Mayfield play in week after week?
     He'll come back for his junior season next year and will probably be THE Heisman frontrunner, but right now Watson should just enjoy the ride he and the Clemson Tigers are on.

4.) LSU Running Back Leonard Fournette
2015 Stats: 239 carries. 1,582 yards.  17 TDs.
Year: Sophomore

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Photo courtesy of BleacherReport
     I know that Fournette has had three subpar games that have accumulated into LSU's three game losing streak. After rushing for at least 150 yards in his first seven games of the season, his total of 230 yards in the past three games is disappointing. But consider this.
     LSU's passing game has been completely nonexistent and can't take any pressure off of Fournette and the ground attack. When defenses start packing as many as nine defenders in the box, Fournette isn't going to always be able to carry the team on his shoulders at the position that he plays.
     AND he still has more yards than Henry even with the three game losing streak. His Heisman chances might have to be delayed for a season, but if LSU beats Texas A&M on Nov.28 in Les Miles' swan song and Fournette has a huge game, he could be back in the running.

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:

5.) Stanford Running Back Christian McCaffrey
2015 Stats: 260 carries. 1,546 yards. 7 TDs. 34 receptions. 416 yards. 3 TDs.
Year: Sophomore

6.) Navy Quarterback Keenan Reynolds
2015 Stats: 33/68. 652 yards. 5 TDs and 0 INTs. 201 carries. 1,009 yards. 18 TDs.
Year: Senior

7.) Florida State Running Back Dalvin Cook
2015 Stats: 185 carries. 1,475 yards. 16 TDs. 19 receptions. 207 yards. 1 TD.
Year: Sophomore

Are Henry and Mayfield the favorites to win the 2015 Heisman? Can Fournette make a comeback?

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below or sharing your thoughts on Twitter @ConnorGlowacki.


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