Halfway through the season, Lamar Jackson holds such a wide lead over other Heisman contenders it’s hard to imagine someone else winning it. But then, halfway through last season LSU’s Leonard Fournette held a similarly strong lead. It only takes one bad game for everyone to jump off your bandwagon.
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Michigan AP Jabrill Peppers
There is no shortage of great defensive players out there, but Peppers’ offensive and special teams contributions give him a better chance than most to make it to New York.
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Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett
Barrett brought the Buckeyes back against Wisconsin thanks in large part to his ability to avoid the rush. He ran 22 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 226 and another.
San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey
The nation’s rushing leader (185.2 yards per game) had his third 200-yard game of the season with 220 on 38 carries against Fresno State. He’s on pace for 2,222 yards.
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Washington QB Jake Browning
The sophomore had a bye this week. He should be getting a whole lot more attention going forward with a 72.2 completion percentage, 23 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
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Louisville QB Lamar Jackson
Against Duke, Jackson had a modest game by his standards. He still threw for 181 yards and ran for 144, including a 12-yard scamper to set up his own late game-clinching score.