2015-16 Heisman Watch

The start of the NCAA season is just around the corner! College football brings a new meaning to Saturdays! Now let’s take a look at the players worth tuning in for and the early pre-season candidates that have the potential to hoist the Heisman trophy!!! The top 10 candidates are:

  1. Ezekiel Elliot Jr. (Ohio State) RB
  2. Trevone Boykin  Sr. (TCU) QB
  3. Nick Chubb  So. (UGA) RB
  4. Cody Kessler Sr. (USC Trojans) QB
  5. J.T. Barrett  So. (Ohio State) QB
  6. Deshaun Watson So. (Clemson) QB
  7. Leonard Fournette  So. (LSU) RB
  8. Connor Cook Sr. (Michigan State) QB
  9. Derrick Henry Jr. (Alabama) RB
  10. James Conner Jr. (PITT) RB

After an impressive end to the season in 2014 Ezekiel Elliot is definitely the hottest player from last season. He was huge in Ohio State’s run last year to win the first ever College Football Playoff Final! He simply could not be stopped and not only does he have natural talent, but his line created some nice gaps for him to exploit. 1878 rush yards 18 TDS Last Season

Trevonne Boykin is a huge reason why Texas has a new king in college football. In year’s past TCU was happy to sniff the top 25, but now the Horned Frogs are thinking national championship!!! Boykin is a dual threat to run or pass so he is sure to give defensive coordinators headaches. 3901 pass yards 33 TDS 10 INT 707 rush yards 8 rush TDS  Last Season

Nick Chubb was fortunate to be on this list and he is a prime example of how making the most of your opportunity and staying prepared for the moment can translate into monumental success! After All-American Todd Gurley went down with a torn ACL Nick Chubb ran like a man possessed carving defenses for huge chunks of yardage as a true freshman. 1547 rush yards 14 TDS Last Season

The Trojans of Southern California have a history of producing high caliber collegiate quarterbacks and this year is no different. Names that spring to mind Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and now Cody Kessler. The Trojans have fallen off the map in recent years and essentially Oregon has taken over their prestige in the Pac-12. This year the Trojans have a good chance to right the ship. The gun slinging kid from Cali has a plethora of weapons at his disposal plus a solid line. Expect Kessler to ride the wave from last year and dare I say have a more impressive season! 3826 pass yards 39 TDS 5 INT Last Season

Ohio State coming off a national championship did it without J.T.Barrett who last season was a backup until then Heisman candidate Braxton Miller suffered a season ending injury early in the season. All seemed to be loss but then Barrett came into his own and dominated the competition only to break his ankle at the end of the season and his backup Cardale Jones lead the Buckeyes to the championship. So pending which of the two young QBs start in Ohio State will determine if Barrett can maintain his Heisman hype. Last year he finished 5th in the voting even after the injury. An interesting carousel of well prepared quarterbacks is a good problem for Ohio State to have. 2834 pass yards 34 TDS 10 INT 938 rush yards 11 rush TDS Last Season

Last year Deshaun Watson really opened eyes as the Clemson QB until he got injured as a true freshman. He only played in three full games last year Now reports from training camp suggest he is back and better than ever. Watson is a candidate who’s work at spring training camp and performance in limited action last year lead to him being on this prestigious pre-season list. 1466 pass yards 14 TDS 2 INT Last Season

LSU’s golden child Leonard Fournette had a tumultuous beginning last year. He had some off field issues and is known for pre maturely busting the Heisman poise versus UL Monroe’s 2nd team defense when the game was well in hand for the Tigers. Luckily over time he settled into his role and began playing like the 5 star recruit they had lobbied for. This year the kid is sure to wreak havoc in the SEC. 1034 rush yards 10 TDS Last Season

Michigan State’s Connor Cook has a pro body and big arm at 6’4 220 yards. His presence in the pocket makes him a prime QB to go high in next year’s draft. Playing in a competitive BIG Ten will be a test for Cook but he has all the talents to put together a great campaign for the Spartans. 3214 pass yards 24 TDS 8 INT Last Season

Last year Derrick Henry was splitting carries with All-American TJ Yeldon at Bama. Now Henry will be a feature back in a run first offense. Henry looked electric last year as a sophomore and debatably should have received more carries for his trouble. Now this year he will be the X factor for Bama’s title hopes. 990 rush yards 11 TDS Last Season

Not too many games will evade James Conner without the stud RB making an appearance in the endzone. Conner jusst has a nose for scoring TDS and his presence alone makes him relevant. Pittsburgh won’t make too much noise but Conner will definitely factor in to the Heisman talks by season’s end. Pitt’s gameplan should be simple, give the rock to James and block. 1765 rush yards 26 TDS Last Season -BoSo

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