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Our top three Heisman candidates from week one were all off this week, so with that sad there has been a bit of a shakeup in week two of our Heisman standings.
1. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Stat Line: 27 carries, 176 yards, 1 TD
Season: 50 carries, 288 yards, 4 TD’s
I had Lattimore ranked fifth last week after he had three rushing touchdowns against East Carolina. The only reason I had him ranked is because I believe he is the best running back in the country. This week Lattimore solidified his place on this list by single handily carrying the Gamecocks to a victory against a desperate Georgia team. Lattimore averaged 6.5 yards-per-carry on his way to rushing for 176 yards and South Carolina would need every yard. Stephen Garica really struggled throwing for just 142 yards and two interceptions. Lattimore put South Carolina up 38-35 late in the fourth a lead they would not give back. South Carolina plays Navy next.
2. Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
Stat Line: 34-41, 405 yards, 4 TD’s
Season: 51-65, 698 yards, 7 TD’s
A lot of people are going to scratch their heads at this one. They shouldn’t though and here’s why. Tyler Bray through the first two games of the season as been lights out. He has completed 78.5 percent of his passes and has yet to throw an interception. Bray said before the season started that he set a goal to complete 70 percent of his passes and if he keeps this up he will have no problem reaching that goal.
Yes it is only week two, but with Landry Jones and Kellen Moore not playing this week Bray was elevated. There is just no way that you can keep him off this list especially when he such great receivers like Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rodgers. With the talent around him, Bray may actually be a sleeper Heisman candidate for the remainder of the season.
3. Robert Woods, WR, USC
Stat Line: 8 rec, 102 yards
Season: 25 rec, 279 yards, 3 TD’s
I was wondering how Woods would follow-up his record-setting week one where he caught 17 balls against Minnesota. Well he followed up his stellar week one with another solid performance against Utah. His numbers were not eye-popping, but eight receptions for over 100 yards is still impressive. The important thing here is that Woods and Barkley are in perfect sync. Barkley is one of the most talented quarterback in college football and that will only benefit Woods. Winning the Heisman is a marathon not a sprint and Woods is showing he has the ability to consistently produce.
4. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Stat Line: 12 rec, 128 yards, 2 TD’s
Season: 20 rec, 272 yards, 2 TD’s
Justin Blackmon will be on this list all season long lets just throw that out there. He is in a pass first offense with a quarterback that knows how to get him the ball. Not only is he in a great offense, but he is the most physically gifted receiver in the country. Last season he had 1,782 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns and you can figure he will be hovering right around those numbers once again this season. If the Cowboys can go undefeated than Blackmon could become just the third receiver ever to win the Heisman.
5. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Stat Line: BYE
Season: 35-47, 375 yards, 1 TD
Oklahoma had the week off this week, but have a huge showdown next week when they travel to Tallahassee to play Florida State. If Jones completes 75 percent of his throws like he did against Tulsa than you can bet he will be back atop our Heisman rankings.