Three Heisman experts breakdown the weekend’s top performers
and how they impact the 2016 Heisman Trophy race.
Is Louisville QB, Lamar Jackson, the ‘real deal’? What week 2 taught us about each Heisman candidate’s supporting cast? and… who is Kalen Ballage? All this and more in this week’s Heisman Watch Podcast.
Top Heisman-Like Performances:
- Lamar Jackson: What can’t he do? Jackson totaled an ACC record 610 yards. He’s third in the nation in rushing and eight in passing. On Friday, Jackson was just one yard shy of becoming the first FBS player with 400 yards passing and 200 yards rushing. He has 13 total td’s through just two games. He’s unstoppable. However he faces his first real challenge of the season, next week at home against Florida State.
- Royce Freeman: rushing for 207 yards and a couple scores, Freeman reinstated his name into the Heisman discussion. Only challenge each week will be outplaying his quarterback. Montana Sate transfer Dakota Prukop is averaging over 300 yards and 3 td’s so far to begin the season.
- Donnel Pumphrey: The little engine that could, would, and will be in the Heisman discussion for many weeks to come. Pumphrey ran all over Cal to the tune of 281 yards and three td’s in a 45-40 win. In the process Pumphrey became San Diego State’s all-time leader in rushing passing Marshall Faulk who’s had himself a pretty good career. The Aztecs passed arguably their toughest test already. Too soon for undefeated talk?
Honorable Mention: There were so many games this week that featured teams that really shouldn’t be playing each other. From that perspective it’s difficult to determine whose stats or performances are worth mentioning. Baker Mayfield, Dalvin Cook, Chad Kelly all played well in their half or so of play against an inferior opponent. Leonard Fournette didn’t play. He didn’t need to. Again it’s difficult to determine a players value in these less then Heisman-like circumstances.
- Deshaun Watson barely completed over 50% of his passes (27-53) for 292 yards, three touchdowns and two picks. I suppose we should expect more from the #2 team in the country playing against the Trojans of Troy and only beating them by six.
- Nick Chubb, along the same logic as Watson, we should expect more from a player fresh off a 200+ yard performance. But Saturday Chubb could only muster 80 yards and a td in an uncomfortably tight game against Nicholls State. Yes, Nicholls State.
Unbelievable Stat of the Weekend:
- Kalen Ballage from Arizona State had only 13 carries….7 were for touchdowns. Overall he racked up 137 yards on the ground and oh by the way he caught a pass for a td as well. #givekalentheballeverytime