Heisman Hopefuls 2016
Heisman Hopefuls (updated 12/5/2016)
In the ultimate team sport, there is one individual award that is coveted over all others: The Heisman Trophy. It's a race that can change rapidly through the season. Players with no buzz surrounding them at the start the season inevitably emerge as contenders while other players with lots of hype falter under the spotlight. Who will hoist the trophy at the end of the season as the top player in college football? Check out all the top contenders in the Heisman hopefuls gallery.
11. DE Jonathan Allen - Alabama
It's hard to stand out on defense every week and it's even harder to do it on a defense loaded with talent. Jonathan Allen is the best player on the best defense in the nation, but he hasn't made enough of an impact to really threaten the top contenders.
10. QB Jake Browning - Washington
Jake Browning completed just nine passes for 118 yards against Colorado. He did get two touchdowns and no interceptions, but you're not winning the Heisman with those kind of numbers.
9. WR Dede Westbrook - Oklahoma
Dede Westbrook had four catches for 111 yards and one touchdown in Bedlam...even though he left the game in the second quarter.
8. QB Jalen Hurts - Alabama
Alabama didn't need Jalen Hurts to do much against Florida for the win. That's good news for the playoff, bad news for his Heisman chances.
7. RB Dalvin Cook - Florida State
Dalvin Cook is not getting talked about nearly enough for what he's doing this season. Unfortunately for him, that likely means he won't get as much love from the voters as he should.
6. QB J.T. Barrett - Ohio State
J.T. Barrett was stifled for the majority of the game against Michigan. The Buckeyes got the win, but Barrett didn't get his Heisman moment.
5. RB D'Onta Foreman - Texas
D'Onta Foreman has been one of the few bright sports in another disappointing season for Texas. That trend continued in the season finale as he rushed for 165 yards despite his team's loss to TCU.
4. DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan
With Lamar Jackson's recent struggles and the spotlight on him in Michigan's visit to Ohio State, Peppers had a golden opportunity, but he was not able jump ahead of the Louisville quarterback.
3. QB Baker Mayfield - Oklahoma
Baker Mayfield capped off his impressive season with a three-touchdown performance against rival Oklahoma State.
2. QB Deshaun Watson - Clemson
No one has closed the gap on Lamar Jackson more in the past few weeks than Deshaun Watson especially with a five-touchdown performance in the ACC Championship. But did he do enough to finally catch the Louisville quarterback?
1. QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville
After dominating the Heisman race all season long, Lamar Jackson struggled in the last few weeks of the season. Still, he should have done enough over the course of the season to still hold on to the trophy.