I'll be updating my Heisman Top 5 every week through the season (usually on Saturday night), and with each passing week, my preseason hierarchy will go farther and farther out the window. This first edition, though, is a bit of a hybrid between my preseason rankings and what we actually saw out there in Week 1.
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Houston QB Greg Ward Jr.
Known in large part for his running ability, Ward showed off his arm in the Cougars’ upset of No. 3 Oklahoma, going 23-of-40 for 321 yards and two TDs.
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Clemson QB Deshaun Watson
The Clemson star had a modest (by his standards) night at Auburn, going 19-of-34 for 248 yards, but I don’t generally nitpick a tough win on the road.
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Florida State RB Dalvin Cook
I could have also gone with FSU teammates Deondre Francois or DeMarcus Walker, but my preseason favorite did still rack up 192 rushing/receiving yards against Ole Miss.
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Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey
McCaffrey’s 97-yard punt return against Kansas State didn’t count, but it reminded us how special a player he is. Even without it, he still notched 210 all-purpose yards.
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Georgia RB Nick Chubb
The junior, coming off a knee injury, wasted no time reclaiming his workhorse role. He pounded No. 22 North Carolina to the tune of 222 yards on 32 carries.