Week one is in the books and it did not disappoint. A number of players had huge performances and some players capitalized on great opportunities to get big numbers early. Here are the the top five Heisman performances from Week One.
5. AJ Brown (above), Ole Miss: It looks like the sophomore wideout has already become new quarterback Shea Patterson’s favorite target, and it’s pretty easy to understand why. Coming in at 6’1” 225 pounds, he’s a big body that can win contested balls and easily create separation. This led him to break the single game receiving yards record for Ole Miss when they played South Alabama this past weekend.
He racked up 233 yards and two touchdowns on eight receptions and was by far the most talented player on the field. If his production continues to look like this, then the wideout may bring home some hardware at the end of the season.
4. Drew Lock (above), Missouri: From a numbers standpoint, I don’t think anyone had a better week than Drew Lock. He threw for 521 yards and seven TD’s while only turning the ball over once. His accuracy wasn’t great, but it doesn’t really need to be if you throw seven touchdowns?
With numbers like this he gave himself a decent cushion and could afford a bad game, but because this came against a lowly FCS team, this won’t get anyone talking. If he can follow this up with another massive performance, then he could really be in the Heisman conversation.
3. Saquon Barkley (above), Penn State: Barkley rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns in Penn State’s beat down of Akron, 52-0. He looked like one the most talented back in the country, if not the most talented, and breezed through an easy game.
As the games get tougher, he’ll take on a bigger workload and could see his numbers be even better than his impressive Week One performance. If Penn State’s passing attack is a threat this year and teams can’t afford to stack the box, Barkley will be a near guarantee for the Heisman.
2. Royce Freeman (above), Oregon: Freeman had a monster performance and could bring the Ducks back to glory. He went for 150 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and even picked up 50 receiving yards. He played like the top back in the country and showed us what Oregon could be this year.
He’ll be the workhorse for their offense, and with a high number of carries, he’ll continue to produce and succeed. As long as he stays healthy he’ll be in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy.
1. Josh Rosen (above), UCLA: ELECTRIC. He’s basically the next great NFL quarterback and college defenses are too simple for him. He’s got the best arm in football (probably the best footwork, too) and after leading UCLA back from 34, he’s ready for more. His numbers will be impressive all season because, outside of maybe Derwin James, he’s the most talented player in the country and that will be enough to put him in a top three spot.
He needs to continue to have “Heisman moments” to secure the victory and that fake spike last night is exactly what will do it for him. Come the end of the season Rosen will bring home the Heisman, and probably be the number one overall pick.
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