The NCAA football season got off to a great start this past weekend. It was a great week for football to return and there is plenty of excitement heading into the second week of the schedule.
One of the most entertaining parts of the college football season is keeping track of the Heisman Trophy candidates throughout the course of the year.
There are many candidates in 2015 that are already battling it out for the award. In addition to the players that were expected to compete for the award, there were some surprise candidates that have jumped out to the lead early on after Week 1. Obviously, as is the case with any topic in sports, there are going to be a plethora of different candidates which many people will disagree on.
Who are the top five Heisman Trophy candidates heading into the second week of the 2015 college football season?
5. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State, Running Back
Ohio State came away with a blowout victory over Virginia Tech in their season opener, but they didn’t use star running back Ezekiel Elliott quite as much as they were expected to.
Elliott ended up carrying the football 11 times in the game, but still picked up 122 yards and a touchdown. Elliott was expected to be a contender for the award before the season and he definitely belongs in the rankings.
4. Nick Chubb, Georgia, Running Back
Nick Chubb started off his 2015 campaign with a bang, carrying the football 16 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns. He could have put up bigger numbers, but head coach Mark Richt gave carries to other running backs as well.
Chubb is going to have a big season moving forward and there is no doubt that he will be in the Heisman conversation all year long.
3. Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Wide Receiver
One of the biggest surprises on this list is Ohio State wide receiver Braxton Miller, who made his debut at the wide receiver position after playing his entire collegiate career at quarterback.
Miller ended up catching two passes for 78 yards and a touchdown, while also picking up 62 yards and a touchdown on six carries. Perhaps the most impressive part of Miller’s performance is that he provided multiple highlight reel plays — including a diving catch, tip toe performance on the sideline en route to the endzone and one of the best spin moves we have seen.
Miller is likely to fade away from the Heisman award race at some point this season, but right now he deserves this spot.
2. Derrick Henry, Alabama, Running Back
Nick Saban has to be happy about his offensive unit, following the huge performance that running back Derrick Henry had in their 35-17 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers.
Henry ended up racking up 147 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries.
Those numbers average out to 11.3 yards per carry, which definitely proves the he belongs on this list at number two.
1. Josh Rosen, UCLA, Quarterback
UCLA freshman quarterback Josh Rosen has been receiving hype from his coaching staff about potentially being the next Peyton Manning, so people were interested in seeing if he could live up to the hype.
Well, he did.
Rosen had a very impressive Week 1 performance against the Virginia Cavaliers; completing 28 of his 35 passing attempts for 351 yards and three touchdowns.
Rosen is one of the best quarterbacks in the country and he took a big step towards proving that in his collegiate debut.
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