Time for our weekly feature that rounds up the latest Heisman news and updates from around the media world.
Week two of the 2016 Heisman race is in the books. Here’s how the pundits saw it shaking out:
— The NY Post says Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who has accounted for 13 TDs in two games, is the star his school has been waiting for.
Jackson has looked more like Deshaun Watson, the Clemson quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist who led the Tigers to the national championship game last year, than Watson himself.
— Jackson is also leading the Heisman watch for SaturdayBlitz.com.
— Is J.T. Barrett’s Heisman moment coming next weekend against Oklahoma? asks Bill Landis of Cleveland.com.
— WithTheFirstPick.com talks up Oregon running back Royce Freeman’s Heisman hopes.
— Randy Smith of The Chatanoogan says “DeShaun Watson has gone from a Heisman Trophy favorite to simply a Heisman candidate.”
On Saturday afternoon, a 50-foot banner picturing the senior running back and reading “Pumphrey for Heisman” was unfurled within a long throw of the SDSU practice field. It was placed on the side of the University Towers student residence hall at the corner of 55th Street and Montezuma Road.
It is very visible to those traveling east along Montezuma, greeting students and faculty as they returned to campus following the Labor Day weekend.
“I thought it was a really nice banner,” SDSU head coach Rocky Long said. “All we’ve got to do is get it to go viral on the internet. Everybody needs to see it.”
Week 3 of the the college football season promises some big matchups that could impact the Heisman race:
No. 2 Florida State goes on the road to face #10 Louisville.
No. 22 Oregon plays at Nebraska.
No. 1 Alabama is at No. 19 Mississippi
No. 12 Michigan State is at No. 18 Notre Dame
No. 3 Ohio State is at No. 14 Oklahoma
USC is at No. 7 Stanford
One should expect to see some clarity after this weekend.
Odds and Ends
— Tim Tebow signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets. He’s the lastest Heisman winner to try his hand at baseball.
— The Heisman was on display at a car dealership outside Nampa, Idaho, last week.
— 5 questions with Nissan Vice President Jeremy Tucker on the Nissan Heisman House.
— The 1973 game between Penn State and Pittsburgh featured two future Heisman winners.
— A high school running back named Heisman Skeens is living up to his name in Indiana with 12 touchdowns in his first three games. Oh, we’ll be checking in on Heisman Skeens in the future….
Here’s how the NFL Heisman winners fared this past weekend:
— Defending NFL MVP Cam Newton went 18 of 33 for 194 yards with a touchdown and an interception, plus 54 rushing yards and a score, in Carolina’s 21-20 season-opening loss to Denver.
— Jameis Winston had a big game, with 4 touchdown passes to go with 281 yards on 23 of 33 passing (with one interception) as the Buccaneers beat Atlanta, 31-24.
— Marcus Mariota went 25 of 41 for 271 yards with two TDs and an interception in Tennessee’s 25-16 loss to Minnesota.
— Mariota’s teammate, Derrick Henry, had 5 carries for 3 yards in his debut against the Vikings.
— Robert Griffin III was 12 of 26 for 190 yards with a pick, plus 37 rushing yards on 5 carries, in Cleveland’s 29-10 loss to Philadelphia.
— Mark Ingram had 58 yards on 12 carries as the Saints fell to Oakland, 35-34.
— Carson Palmer was 24 of 37 for 271 yards and two TDs, but Arizona lost to New England, 23-21.
— Sam Bradford, newly aquired in a trade by Minnesota, did play in the opener against Tennessee.
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