Saturday, October 29, 2016

HEISMAN WATCH #2 FOR 2016

By: Connor Glowacki

Some things have changed in the Heisman race since our initial look weeks ago and some things have stayed the same. Let's take a look at CKG, From The Sidelines' second Heisman update of 2016.


5.) Quarterback Deshaun Watson, Clemson
2016 Stats: 1,950 passing yards. 20 TDs to 8 INTs. 278 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD.

Image result for deshaun watson     Let's be honest, Watson has been good enough to be in the top-5 of this list, but his numbers are behind the manic pace that he set in the 2015 season. His completion percentage (63%) this season is also the lowest in his entire Clemson career. However, he has a big nationally televised game against Florida State Oct. 29, so I'm not writing Watson off just yet. 


4.) Linebacker Jabrill Peppers- Michigan
2016 Stats: 37 tackles. 3 sacks.

Image result for jabrill peppers     In addition to his defensive prowess, the junior linebacker also has 107 rushing yards and two touchdowns and 249 return yards to include in his resume for the 2016 season. Peppers can do it all and is a big reason that Michigan is a top-3 team in the country.
     If he has some big performances coming up against Michigan State and Ohio State, it will be impossible to ignore Peppers' impact on Michigan in the Heisman race.


3.) Running Back Donnel Pumphrey- San Diego State
2016 Stats: 1,246 yards rushing, 13 TDs. 20 receptions, 145 yards receiving.

Image result for donnel pumphrey     The senior running back is currently closing in on all-time NCAA rushing records. He is that good. Pumphrey is definitely the best running back in the country, which is impressive because he has outperformed higher profile backs like Leonard Fournette, Nick Chubb and Christian McCaffrey.
     The only thing that will probably hold him back is because he plays for San Diego State, the schedule might not be considered as difficult as some of his counterparts and he probably won't get the same amount of mainstream coverage as his counterparts. But don't overlook him. He's in the thick of this race.


2.) Quarterback Jake Browning- Washington

2016 Stats: 26 TDs to 2 INTs. 1,709 yards. 4 rushing TDs.

Image result for jake browning     Browning had a pretty good freshman year for the Huskies in 2015 by throwing for 16 touchdowns to 10 interceptions, but he has put himself in the national discussion during his sophomore campaign. 
     He's completed over 68 percent of his passes and has led the fifth ranked Huskies to an undefeated 7-0 record. The only roadblock he faces? The Pac-12 isn't that strong of a conference this year. But the fact that Browning is quite possibly the second best quarterback in the country and only a sophomore should flat out scare the rest of college football.



1.) Quarterback Lamar Jackson, Louisville
2016 Stats: 2,161 passing yards. 18 TDs to 4 INTs. 908 rushing yards. 16 rushing TDs.

Image result for lamar jackson     Browning has been really good, but Jackson's been the best all year. It's just simple. He has been the face of college football in 2016 and unless another contender makes a MAJOR push, the Heisman race remains Lamar Jackson's to lose.


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