The field of candidates competing for the Heisman went off this week. Here’s a rundown of what the top contenders did on Saturday:
AJ McCarron was 15 of 16 for 166 yards and four touchdowns (with no interceptions) in Alabama’s easy win over Georgia State.
Marcus Mariota (the front runner in the race), completed 16 of 27 passes for 355 yards and five touchdowns and also rushed for 43 yards and two scores (that’s right, he accounted for seven touchdowns) as Oregon thrashed Colorado, 57-16.
Tajh Boyd went 20 of 27 for 455 yards and five touchdowns (with two interceptions) in Clemson’s 49-14 win over Syracuse.
Aaron Murray was 19 of 35 for 196 yards and three touchdowns (with no picks), plus 53 rushing yards, as Georgia escaped against Tennessee, 34-31.
Teddy Bridgewater was 25 of 35 for 348 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in Louisville’s 30-7 win over Temple.
Jameis Winston completed 23 of 32 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns (with no picks) in FSU’s 63-0 trouncing of Maryland.
Bryce Petty threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns on 17 of 25 passing and also rushed for a touchdown in Baylor’s 73-42 win over West Virginia.
Here’s how the race would go if the vote was held today:
2. Aaron Murray
3. Johnny Manziel
4. Tajh Boyd
5. Teddy Bridgewater
One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.
During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest. The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.
“We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.
“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.
Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.
On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.
Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.
Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.
On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”