The 2015 Heisman race now enters its fifth week. Continuing our traditional weekly feature on Heisman.com, we’ve rounded up the latest news and updates from around the media world to help keep you posted on what’s happening with current contenders and past winners.
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Heisman Watch watch
LSU running back Leonard Fournette continues to lead the various Heisman Watches after notching his third-straight 200-yard game, a 233-yard effort against Eastern Michigan. Fournette is atop Sports Illustrated, the USA Today, FoxSports.com, and ESPN.com … Fournette is the first SEC back to post three-straight 200-yard rushing games … TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin has solidified his status as a strong Heisman contender. He threw five touchdown passes against Texas and leads the country with 19 TD passes thus far … Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott is getting renewed Heisman attention following his 274-yard effort against Indiana … He later posted a picture of himself on social mediadoing the Heisman pose … Baylor’s Seth Russell entered the fray with a six-TD effort against Texas Tech … Cal’s Jared Goff has the Bears at 5-0 after setting his school’s career TD mark against WSU … Florida State running back Dalvin Cook left his team’s game against Wake Forest due to a hamstring injury, but not before ripping off a 94-yard touchdown run … One writer at The Oklahoman wants to slow down the talk of Sooners QB Baker Mayfield being a Heisman candidate.
Odds and Ends
Herschel Walker says that Fournette is better than he was in college … Walker is also a strong voice for the mentally ill … George Rogers was the featured speakerat the Greenwood (SC) Touchdown Club on Sunday … The Heisman Trophy was on display in Spokane over the weekend … Here’s a story on Dennis Erickson, who coached Gino Torretta at Miami and now runs the Utah offense … It is now 20 years since the O.J. Simpson verdict … 2004 Heisman runner up Adrian Peterson says he could’ve played in the NFL out of high school … Two-way players are the norm in Heisman lore and they may be making a comeback … Tim Tebow is reportedly dating a former Miss Universe … The Best Buy Theater in Times Square (home of the Heisman Trophy presentation) has been renamed … Steve Spurrier is quoted in this story on the origins of Gatorade:
In 1966, Florida players drank Gatorade for a full season. Their record was 9-2. Quarterback Steve Spurrier drank Gatorade from a milk carton. He won the Heisman Trophy that year.
“I don’t know how much Gatorade had to do with that,” said Spurrier. “It really tasted awful. It was bitter.”
NFL Heisman Update
For the fourth-straight week, two former Heisman winners squared off in an NFL game. Cam Newton thew for 124 yards and two touchdowns and added 51 yards on the ground to lead the Panthers over Jameis Winston and Tampa Bay, 37-23. Winston threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns but also had four interceptions.
* Sam Bradford was 15 of 28 for 270 yards and three TD passes, but the Eagles fell to the Redskins, 23 – 20.
* Charles Woodson had 5 tackles and a pass deflection as the Raiders lost to the Bears, 22-20.
* Carson Palmer was 29 of 46 for 352 yards with 1 TD and 1 pick, but the Cardinals lost to the Rams, 24-22.
* Mark Ingram rushed for 77 yards on 17 carries as the Saints beat the Cowboys, 26-20.
* Marcus Mariota and Tennessee had a bye week.
Here’s a list of current college head coaches who were head coaches for a Heisman winner:
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