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Heisman Watch List Week 2: Who Made Some Separation From the Pack?

September 9, 2014

                                                                           Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota/ photo credit Lisa Horne



After two weeks of football we are not at the point in the season in which a Top 10 Heisman list is warranted. But we have seen a group separate themselves from others and form a peloton.


Everybody is still in the mix but some have to do more to impress to get their names on my Heisman ballot. 


The peloton:


Ameer Abdullah, running back, Nebraska


Abdullah saved Nebraska from going into overtime with McNeese State by impersonating a Mini Cooper from the movie The Italian Job. 


Marcus Mariota, quarterback, Oregon


The nation finally witnessed a healthy Duck quarterback playing a highly-regarded team... and walking away with a win. 


Christian Hackenberg, Penn State


Hackenberg has a Brett Favre-like penchant for throwing two picks a game but he's also the fourth-most productive passer in FBS.


Kenny Hill, quarterback, Texas A&M


Hill went 17-of-26 for 283 yards and four touchdowns against Lamar—I know, it's Lamar but at least he did what was expected of him. 


Javorius "Buck" Allen, running back, USC


Allen rushed for 154 yards against a stingy Stanford defense but unfortunately, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden stole his thunder on the field. 


Myles Jack, athlete, UCLA


Jack (of-all-trades) aka "JOAT" had six tackles and three rushing attempts that included a touchdown against Memphis.


Todd Gurley, running back, Georgia


Georgia was on a bye week but Gurley scored another touchdown anyway. 




Players who moved neither up or down:


Jameis Winston, quarterback, FSU


A bad taste lingers in my mouth from his Oklahoma State performance but Winston is back on track to get back in my good graces after destroying The Citadel. 


Connor Cook, quarterback, Michigan State


Cook had some great moments but Oregon's defense came up with big plays to put the final touches on a very bad day for the Big Ten.


Cody Kessler, quarterback, USC


We weren't expecting the same performance against Stanford as he had against Fresno State, were we? 


Melvin Gordon, running back, Wisconsin


Everyone gets an early season  mulligan but I wasn't expecting Gordon (17 carries, 38 yards) to cash his in playing Western Illinois. 


Mike Davis, running back, South Carolina


Davis rushed for 101 yards despite some bruised ribs but the real test is going to be this Saturday when the Gamecocks play Georgia. 


Brett Hundley, quarterback, UCLA


Love this kid but a pick six and an M.I.A. O-line against Memphis doesn't help his stock.  


Nick Marshall, quarterback, Auburn


Marshal went 10-of-19 for 101 yards and one touchdown which will probably impress old-school SEC fans, but not a lot of Heisman voters. 


Jake Waters, quarterback, Kansas State


Maybe Waters (16-of-29 for 239 yards vs Iowa State) was saving some of his energy for Auburn on September 18?


Duke Johnson, running back, Miami


Johnson rushed for 97 yards on nine carries... in one half... against Florida A&M. 




These players are in serious danger of getting dropped from my list:


T.J. Yeldon, running back, Alabama*


Yeldon rushed for 43 yards on seven carries against the Florida Atlantic Owls and is averaging 84.5 yards per game.


Derrick Henry, running back, Alabama*


Henry rushed five time for 23 yards and is averaging 68 yards per game.




*game called in mid-fourth quarter due to severe weather






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