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.
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