My preseason Heisman favorite, FSU’s Dalvin Cook, exploded for 267 yards Saturday against USF, but he dug himself too big of an early hole to re-appear on my Top 5 just yet. Houston’s Greg Ward Jr. barely missed the cut.
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Michigan LB/S Jabrill Peppers
Mr. Do It All almost broke another punt return to the house against Penn State, dashing 53 yards. He remains one of the national leaders. He had a quieter game on defense Saturday.
San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey
Through three games, the Aztecs star led the country in rushing by a considerable margin with 199.7 per game. No other running back averaged even 150 heading into Saturday.
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Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett
While he was off Saturday, Barrett through three games ranked fifth nationally in pass efficiency, boasted a 10-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio and also rushed for an additional three touchdowns.
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Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey
UCLA did a nice job preventing McCaffrey from breaking off big plays -- his longest run was for 13 yards -- and even then he still finished with 138 rushing yards on 26 carries.
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Louisville QB Lamar Jackson
All he did against Marshall was rack up another seven TDs to raise his total to 25. Jackson had as dominant a September as I can remember -- but Oct. 1 brings Clemson’s defense.