1). Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Jackson has been the most dynamic football in the country so far this season. The Cardinals played one bad half this season against Clemson, a game where they made a dramatic comeback. hopefully, that win won’t come back to haunt them. Jackson has accounted for 908 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns.
The Cardinals have benefited from his exciting play, posting a 6-1 record through eight weeks and he has 34 total touchdowns. Don’t forget he can also pass the ball. He has 2,161 yards and 18 touchdowns through the air with just four interceptions. Oh yeah, and he’s only a sophomore.
2). Jake Browning, QB, Washington
Browning and the Huskies have been the surprise team so far this season. Browning is a superb decision maker who rarely makes a bad decision. He is only a sophomore and I don’t believe there is a better NFL QB prospect in college right now.
Browning has thrown 26 touchdown passes to just two interceptions. Yes, you read that right. He throws 13 touchdowns passes to every one interception. Browning’s season numbers for the No. 4 team in the country are great. He currently has 1,709 yards with 26 scores and the Huskies might be the favorite to come out of the Pac-12 and represent the conference in the playoff.
3). Jabrill Peppers, LB, Michigan
By far the most versatile player in the country, Michigan claims he can play 13 positions. During the past two seasons, Peppers has been part of wildcat packages, and he’s taken handoffs as a running back and even caught passes. He’s averaging 10.7 yards per carry to go along with two rushing touchdowns this season. And Peppers has hinted that he’ll showcase even more of his offensive skills as this season progresses.
Only one primarily defensive player has won the Heisman: Michigan’s Charles Woodson, in 1997. Like Peppers, he played some offense. That’s an important piece to the discussion because there are so few individual stats for defensive players. If he can get some attention with some offensive numbers and keeps playing defense like he does, by season end he may find himself in New York city.
4). Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
Pumphrey is the best running back in the country and most have never heard of him. In fact, he has broken the 1,800-yard mark and 1,600-yard mark in each of the last two seasons.
This season, he’s on pace to have his best year yet. Not only is Pumphrey averaging an impressive 6.5 yards per carry, but he has accumulated 1,246 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield with 20 receptions for 145 yards. The Aztecs are 6-1 and a battle with undefeated Boise State looms in the Mountain West Championship game.
5). Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Watson has not played as consistently as you would expect and neither have the Tigers. He did play well in the Tigers win over Lamar Jackson’s Louisville Cardinals.
He currently has 1,950 passing yards and 20 touchdowns and a 64 percent completion rate. His Heisman chances will be put to the test this week as the Tigers face the Florida State Seminoles, a win this weekend and he has a shot.
6). Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama
Hard to ignore a freshman QB playing this well. Hurts have exceeded everybody’s expectations this year and the Tide have continued to Roll behind this very talented freshman.