Week 15 of the college football season saw some new players enter the Heisman Trophy race, while also seeing some big movers.
1. Mac Jones, quarterback, Alabama Crimson Tide
Odds to win Heisman Trophy: -213
For the second week in a row, Jones has implemented himself as the favorite for the college football’s most prestigious individual award, the Heisman Trophy after another impressive performance over his side’s 52-3 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Jones threw 208 yards in the 49 point win, while he had a completion percentage of 82.8% as he completed 24 passes from 29 attempts, despite this, he left the game empty-handed when it came to touchdown passes as for the second time this season he left the game with 0 next to his name.
Finalist ➕ Manning Award
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— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) December 17, 2020
2. DeVonta Smith, wide receiver, Alabama Crimson Tide
Odds to win Heisman Trophy: +313
Last week Smith was the fifth favorite to take out the Heisman Trophy, and while he didn’t have the best of games in the Alabama Crimson Tide 52-3 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks, he has skyrocketed to being the second favorite.
While he didn’t score a receiving touchdown for the second time this season, he did hit the scoreboard when he scored an 84 yard touchdown on a punt return during the 49-point win.
Smith also wasn’t at his best either when he came to rushing yards as he only rushed 22 compared to his 231 yards he rushed last week.
First career punt return TD for DeVonta Smith 👀
What can’t this guy do?! pic.twitter.com/W0cAYEtJBA
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 12, 2020
3. Kyle Trask, quarterback, Florida Gators
Odds to win Heisman Trophy: +475
While Trask didn’t have the best of games by his standards as he got sacked four times in his side’s shock loss to the LSU Tigers going down 37-34, he still had a good game which is why he is third in the Heisman Trophy race.
Apart from getting sacked four times, Trask still managed to throw 474 yards, while completing 29 passes from 47 attempts going at a completion percentage of 61.7%.
Trask also ended the match by throwing two touchdown passes as well as getting on the scoreboard himself as he rushed two touchdowns in the three-point loss.
LEGEND ‼️@ktrask9 passes @DannyWuerffel for the most TD passes in a single season in school history. #GoGators 🐊 pic.twitter.com/hjUUERN1gs
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) December 13, 2020
4. Ian Book, quarterback, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Odds to win Heisman Trophy: +1400
Book has re-emerged to be in the Heisman Trophy conversation after a month away, as he put in a splendid performance during Notre Dame’s 45-21 win over the Syracuse Orange.
Although Book did get sacked twice in the 24-point win, he still had a game to remember which has propelled him to being the fourth favorite for the award.
Book threw 285 yards, completed 24 passes from 37 attempts as he went at a completion percentage of 64.9% as well as throwing three touchdown passes, and to put the cherry on top he rushed two touchdowns on top of the 53 rushing yards.
A series of a fortunate event. Starring @Ian_Book12! 📚#GoIrish x #Rally pic.twitter.com/oEeUpmXK83
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 11, 2020
5. Trevor Lawrence, quarterback, Clemson Tigers
Odds to win Heisman Trophy: +1450
After a long layoff, Lawrence is slowly getting back into the swing of things, and although he didn’t exactly hit the ground running during Clemson Tigers 45-10 win over Virginia Tech Hokies he is still in the Heisman Trophy conversation.
Lawrence threw 195 yards while completing 12 passes from 22 attempts going at a completion percentage of 54.5% in the 35-point win.
Lawrence still had an important impact as he threw one touchdown pass but it was his running game that was on show as he rushed 41 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns.
*Odds correct at the time of publishing.
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