Well the end of the college football season is approaching which means it is award time!
The Heisman debate starts every year with preseason favorites and players that seem guaranteed to be locks for the trip to New York City.
The names that have circulated around this season were big names, like Leonard Fournette, Ezekiel Elliot, and Cardale Jones.
As we all know, the season evolves, and each and every week can bring new names into the mix, as well as drop names from the running.
Jones was dropped from the running when J.T. Barrett was named the starter. Ezekiel Elliot had a good season, but Ohio State wasn’t the powerhouse they were the year prior, and that hindered his push. Fournette’s fallout came during a three-game losing streak, in which he had back-to-back games with less than 100 yards, including a 31 yard performance on 19 carries.
This has allowed our end of season Heisman finalists to move on in.
This year’s nominees consist of Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Each of these players were huge reasons for their teams’ success. So which of these guys is most deserving? Let’s take a look at the resumes:
Alabama Junior Derrick Henry:
Henry came out this season and broke the SEC rushing yard record in a season. He finished the season with 339 carries for 1,986 yards. This is a rather impressive total of yards by the back, it averages out to 5.85 yards per carry. These numbers are put up against the traditionally strong defenses of the SEC. All of these numbers make for a strong case to make Henry the favorite to win it.
But: Henry has something that is working against him. He is essentially a one-dimensional player. He finished the season with 10 catches for 97 yards.
Stanford Sophomore Christian McCaffrey:
McCaffrey had a huge season after having 300 yards his freshman season. A slow start to the season left McCaffrey off of anyone’s radar. Weeks 3, 4, and 5 were big steps toward week 6 against UCLA when McCaffrey put up 243 yards on 25 carries and scored four times. McCaffrey finished the season with 319 carries and 1,847 yards with eight touchdowns. The part that makes McCaffrey’s season even more special is his 540 receiving yards and four touchdowns, coupled with 36 kick returns for 1,042 yards and a touchdown. Oh yes… he also threw two touchdowns on just three passes. All of this leads to him breaking Barry Sander’s record for all-purpose yards in a season.
But: McCaffrey has two things that will hurt his chances of bringing home the Heisman. The first is that he was part of 15 total touchdowns which is eight less than Henry. Also, Stanford’s record could play into this decision as well, seeing as they have two losses on the year.
Clemson Sophomore Deshaun Watson:
Watson captained the Clemson Tigers to a perfect record this season and has contributed with both his arms and his legs. He completed 69.5 percent of his passes for a total of 3,512 yards and 30 touchdowns. Opposite of that, Watson did throw 11 interceptions. He ran the ball 163 times for 887 yards and another 11 touchdowns. That gave him 41 total touchdowns, which led the FBS. The shocking part about this great season by Watson, is that his passing numbers were actually lower than the pace he had set when he got to play last year. It is hard to imagine, but this season could have been even better for Watson.
But: Watson has the struggle of going up against two running backs to try to win this award. His 11 interceptions mixed with the fact that Clemson is in the ACC, could keep Watson from taking the trophy.
So who will win?
This year’s Heisman seems to be leaning toward a running back winning it. The favorite right now appears to be Derrick Henry. The numbers he has put up outside of the 23 touchdowns are not much better than McCaffrey’s. There is only 139 yards separating their rushing yards total. McCaffrey adds on all of his receiving and return yards, which makes him the best all around player of the three. Watson may get the votes of those who cannot decide which of the two running backs is the better, but it is unlikely he can bring it home. As deserving as Christian McCaffrey is with his ridiculous amount of total yards, when all is said and done, Derrick Henry will be the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/heisman-preview/https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/a-7.jpg?fit=640%2C401&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/a-7.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1ACCNCAAFPac-12Recent PostsSECAlabama Crimson Tide,Christian McCaffrey,Clemson Tigers,Derrick Henry,Deshaun Watson,StanfordWell the end of the college football season is approaching which means it is award time! The Heisman debate starts every year with preseason favorites and players that seem guaranteed to be locks for the trip to New York City. The names that have circulated around this season were big names,...Malachi DavidMalachi Davidmalachidavid89@Gmail.comContributorHey there! Journalism student in the dairy state. Covering NBA and the NFL.MyFantasySportsTalk