In what has been a wild start to the college football season, the player movement on this list has never been more fluid. That is, outside of the top two on the list. With Tua and Dwayne leading the way, it appears the race is down to two. Are there additional challengers? We shall see.
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma, QB: Sorry Kyler, but despite your electric second half comeback against Texas, considering the first half and how sloppy the offense looked, not to mention losing outright as a 7.5 favorite, you do not get rewarded by staying in the Heisman discussion.
Cole McDonald, Hawaii, QB: McDonald was a late scratch in the Rainbow Warriors last game against Wyoming, costing some of his fantasy owners (yours truly included), with a great "0" in the points department. Cannot miss any games if you expect to stay toe to toe with the other contenders.
A.J. Dillon, Boston College, RB: Another player that missed a game due to injury, Dillon is questionable for this weekend as well.
Names to Remember
Gardner Minshew, Washington State, QB: Shocking, but a Wazzu QB leads the nation in passing yards! And he is up 322 on the second place quarterback Cole McDonald of Hawaii. With 19 touchdowns to only 4 interceptions, Minshew is having a great start to the year. If the Cougars remain contenders, he will gradually get more attention in this race.
Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado, WR: Third in the country in both receptions and yards, Shenault Jr. has been outstanding this season for the Buffaloes. In CU's win against ASU, he racked up 13 catches for 127 yards and 2 scores, while adding another 2 touchdowns on the ground. He is the Buffs key playmaker, yet cannot be stopped. A truly special talent, expect his stock to rise as the season goes on.
Travis Etienne, Clemson, RB: Fourth in the country in rushing yards, Etienne has become the bellcow back the Tigers needed igven their uncertainty at the QB position. His 11 touchdowns are remarkable, considering the amount of talent around him on the field. In the Tigers 60 point romp over Wake, Etienne exploded for 167 yards and 3 scores on just 10 carries and is 5 yards and 2 scores from eclipsing last years marks. Not bad from the talented back.
Michael Warren II, Cincinnati, RB: 8th in the nation in rushing and third with 11 touchdown runs, Warren II has become the focal point of a Bearcats team that is playing extremely well. He has already doubled last seasons rushing yards output and has established himself as a top 10 running back in the nation.
Jordan Kronkite, South Florida, RB: Think about this for the Junior back. He missed all of last season and has not played since 2016. And then last week he rushes for over 300! yards and 3 scores. Yes the Bulls played a shootout that allowed him to run roughshot over the UMass defense, however, whenever a back goes over 200, let alone 300, you must take notice.
Week 6 Top 5
1) Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, QB: Take these stats into consideration when discussing if there is any option for the Heisman outside of Tua:
* At the halfway point of the regular season, Tagovailoa has completed 75.2 percent of his passes (76-of-101) with 20 total touchdowns and no turnovers.
* He has almost as many touchdowns (20) as incomplete passes (25).
* Only one FBS QB has more than six touchdown passes and no interceptions: Tagovailoa.
* Tua has only been on the field for about eight quarters in Alabama's three SEC games. In those eight quarters, in essentially two games worth of work, Tagovailoa is 43-of-58 for 912 yards with 10 passing touchdowns, one rushing score, no turnovers and a passer efficiency rating of 263.1.
* Led by Tagovailoa, the Tide has scored touchdowns on each of its six opening drives this season. Tagovailoa has been the quarterback for 44 of Alabama's drives this year. Of those 44, 31 have ended with touchdowns. Are you kidding me????
2) Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State, QB: Haskins has been special as well. In any other year, his 71 percent completion percentage, 25 touchdowns and 4 picks would be enough to have him in the lead. Not this year. Unless Alabama loses at some point, Haskins will be the silver medalist.
3) Jermar Jefferson, Oregon State, RB: You cannot ignore what this guy is doing. Week in and week out, he produces, when the rest of his team watches on in shock. He is second in the country in both yards and touchdowns and is coming off a game in which he ran for 138 yards and 4 touchdowns. And that was in a 56-37 blowout loss to Washington State. Jefferson deserves to be on this list.
4) Will Grier, West Virginia, QB: Ignore the fact that Grier had a 3 interception game against Kansas. The Mountaineers remained perfect, he threw for more than 300 yards yet again and he also tossed 4 touchdown passes. As the season rolls on, he will continue to amass solid numbers. If the 'Neers run the table, he will be in NYC for the finals.
5) Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin, RB: Back from the dead, Taylor re-appears on this list, as he is now third in the country with more than 800 yards and comes off a contest against Nebraska in which he ran for more than 300 yards and a score. Will he win the trophy? No. But as the Badgers power on, he will get noticed. Especially if they somehow go into Ann Arbor and beat the Wolverines this weekend.
Falls off List: Kyler Murray, Oklahoma, QB, John Ursua, Hawaii WR, Benny Snell, Kentucky, RB