Week four of the 2017 college football season is in the books.
Time for our traditional weekly feature that rounds up the latest Heisman news and updates from around the media world.
(Disclaimer — The Heisman Trophy Trust and Heisman.com does not endorse any college football player for the Heisman Memorial Trophy. The information contained here serves as a platform of information for fans and media, and is not intended to contain a definitive and comprehensive list of possible contenders.)
— Sports Ilustrated has a Heisman top 5 this week of Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the lead, followed by Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolphand USC’s Sam Darnold.
— YahooSports has Mayfield atop its Heisman top 5.
— Some Heisman Power Rankings from ChatSports.com.
— The Chicago Tribune calls Barkley “the nation’s best back.”
Legs kicked out, ball glued to his right glove, Barkley used his 38-inch vertical to soar, forming a perfect pose. Some are calling his performance — a school-record 358 all-purpose yards in a game the Nittany Lions won on a walk-off touchdown pass — the best in Penn State history.
— HeroSports.com says that Georgia running back Nick Chubb is quietly making a case in the Heisman race.
— Former Penn State All-American linebacker Lavar Arrington talked up Barkley’s chances in a recent interview.
— Is Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins a Heisman candidate?
— Sure, Barkley is good, but don’t forget about Stanford’s Bryce Love, writes CollegeFootballTalk.com.
Love not only leads the nation in total rushing yards, he not only leads the nation in rushing yards per game, he leads the nation in yards per carry for all players anywhere in the neighborhood his carry total. Four players rank ahead of Love in yards per carry thus far, and those three players have toted the rock 76 times — combined.
— Florida punter Johnny Townsend, who leads the nation with 50.2 yards per punt, is throwing his hat into the Heisman ring.
NFL Heisman Update
Here’s how Heisman winners in the NFL performed this past weekend:
Marcus Mariota completed 20 of 32 passes for 225 yards and 2 TDs and also rushed for 27 yards to lead Tennesse over Seattle, 33-27.
Derrick Henry gained 54 yards on 13 carries in Tennessee’s victory over Seattle.
Mark Ingram gained 56 yards on 14 carries and caught 2 passes for 30 yards as New Orleans defeated Carolina, 34-13.
Cam Newton had a rough outing, throwing 3 interceptions with 167 passing yards and 1 rushing TD in the loss to New Orleans.
Jameis Winston threw for 328 yards and 2 TDs, but Tampa Bay fell to the Vikings, 34-17.
Sam Bradford missed his second-straight game for Minnesota because of a knee injury.
Carson Palmer and the Cardinals host Dallas on Monday Night Football.
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