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Examining some of the candidates in the Heisman Race

The race for college football’s top trophy gets tighter

NCAA Football: Louisville at Clemson Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

As week five comes to a close in college football, the race for the Heisman gets a little tighter, and there are a few more eliminated from conversation.

Obviously Lamar Jackson is still in the driver’s seat as he looked great in the clash with Clemson and now has 28 total touchdowns through five games(FBS record) and 2,313 total yards. He averages 462.6 total yards a game. The other quarterback playing lights out is Davis Webb for California. He has passed for 2,143 passing yards and 22 passing touchdowns. He has one of the worst offensive lines in college but still manages to dice up defenses.

Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer has been solid all season 1,754 total yards and 20 total touchdowns. He is a good quarterback in an offense that likes to take shots and also has a poor defense. His team will let up a lot of points which means he will have some big numbers trying to keep up.

Dalvin Cook has looked great the last couple week of play, going for 407 rushing yards and five touchdowns in two weeks. He had 228 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the opening three weeks of action. They key is in the attempts as he has had 28 and 29 touches in the last two weeks and failed to reach 20 rushing attempts in each of the first three games of the season. If they keep feeding him, watch out.

Jabrill Peppers has 36 tackles(22 solo), 9.5 tackles for loss, a pair of sacks, a forced fumble and leads the FBS in punt return yards with 246. He also has 24 rushing yards while he has only been in on two offensive plays. He is the best defensive player as he makes plays all over the field and is also the best all around football player. He can play almost every position on the field and is a huge asset to the Wolverines.

Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette both are most likely out of Heisman contention. Fournette is hampered by injury and has been in and out all season long. McCaffrey is stuck in an offense with only two settings, get it to McCaffrey or three and out. McCaffrey can take advantage of some bad defenses down the stretch, which will be his only hope to get back in this race. Fournette may end up sitting most of the season to prepare for his pro career.

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