The college football season is entering Week 5 and there have already been quite a few standout players throughout the nation.
One of the best things throughout the season is to keep an eye on the Heisman Trophy race. It is hard to predict who will win it at this stage in the season, but taking a look at the numbers and ranking them through the first four weeks is a very accurate way to measure who’s leading at this point in time.
It will be interesting to see what this list looks like later on in the season as the college football playoff comes closer. Each and every year there are major changes and quite often the players on the list in Week 5 aren’t even in the rankings at the end of the year.
All of that being said, let’s take a look at who the top five Heisman candidates are heading into this week’s slate of games.
5. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State Running Back
Coming into the 2015 season, Ezekiel Elliott was the front-runner to come away with the Heisman.
Elliott was the nation’s biggest playmaker at the end of last season and was a big reason that the Buckeyes won the National Championship. So far this season, he has carried the football 77 times for 455 yards and five touchdowns.
However, he has yet to play to his full potential which should scare opposing defensive coordinators.
4. Trevone Boykin, TCU Quarterback
TCU is one of the best teams in the country and they are there because of the stellar play of their star quarterback, Trevone Boykin.
Boykin has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 1,470 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions on the season.
Those numbers put him firmly in the No. 4 spot in the rankings and he should be able to stick around in this list for quite some time if he continues playing to his full potential.
3. Cody Kessler, USC Quarterback
Cody Kessler came into the 2015 season as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. Through five weeks, he has lived up to that billing.
Kessler has come through with massive numbers so far this season, completing 73.0 percent of his pass attempts for 1,297 yards, 15 touchdowns and one interception.
Those numbers are definitely Heisman caliber stats, but he has to continue the consistency.
2. Nick Chubb, Georgia Running Back
One of the best playmakers in the nation has been Georgia running back Nick Chubb, despite the fact that Mark Richt has been rotating running backs and giving four of them work.
Chubb is the workhorse for the Bulldogs, carrying the football 71 times for 599 yards and six touchdowns.
He is without question the second best player in the nation at this point and could overtake the top player with workhorse production.
1. Leonard Fournette, LSU Running Back
Obviously, the top candidate for the Heisman award this season right now is LSU running back Leonard Fournette.
Fournette is one of the top running backs to play the game in quite some time, totalling 631 yards and eight touchdowns on 73 carries.
LSU wouldn’t be nearly the contender that they are in the SEC this season without him and he will continue being a dominant workhorse on their quest for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
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