Each and every college football season, every single player is hoping that they will play well enough to be included in the Heisman Trophy watch. Most don’t come close to making the cut, but there have been quite a few players during this season that have made their case to be in the rankings.
Heading into Week 6, there is at least 10 players vying for the top five spots in the watch.
It is always difficult to separate the top five players from the rest of the pack and as with anything in sports, there will always be disagreements. This week there are five players in particular that stand above their peers and belong in the top-five.
Let’s take a look at who the top five candidates for the Heisman are heading into this week’s slate of games.
5. Jared Goff, QB, California Golden Bears
Perhaps the most underrated in all of college football coming into the 2015 season was California quarterback Jared Goff. He has gone from being considered a solid quarterback to being considered a potential No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Goff has completed 70.2 percent of his passing attempts for 1,630 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions to make him deserving of this spot.
4. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia Bulldogs
Coming into the season, Georgia’s Nick Chubb was considered to be a Heisman candidate and he hasn’t dropped out of the rankings yet. He has carried the football 91 times for 745 yards and seven touchdowns, while also catching a touchdown pass.
Georgia hasn’t used him as a workhorse this year with plenty of other talented backs, but he still very much deserves this spot in the rankings.
3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State hadn’t used Ezekiel Elliott as the workhorse that many were expecting them to up until this past week. He was an absolutely superstar against the Indiana Hoosiers and has totaled 729 yards and eight touchdowns on 100 carries this season.
Those numbers put him in third on these rankings, although there is still plenty of movement both up and down that he could make moving forward.
2. Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU Horned Frogs
Trevone Boykin was another Heisman Trophy candidate coming into the 2015 season and hasn’t disappointed. Boykin has completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 1,802 yards, 19 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
Boykin fits perfectly into the fast tempo offense that the Horned Frogs run and he is likely to be in the Heisman rankings throughout the remainder of the season.
1. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU Tigers
Obviously, the current front-runner for the Heisman Trophy is LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who has looked like a superstar all season long.
Fournette has carried the football 99 times for an impressive 864 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Those numbers give him an average of 8.7 yards per carry and it will be very difficult for any player to come back and take the award from him.
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