Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater dropped significantly due to recent loss against UCF and lack of a big game stage. Another player that slid greatly in the Heisman race is Clemson QB Tajh Boyd after the Tigers' dismantling by Florida State last week.
Not many would have thought, including myself, that Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel is back in the hunt and has a good shot of becoming a finalist, but he will likely come up short of winning the Trophy.
A much overlooked player that should probably get an invite to New York is Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch, who recently set an FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a game with 316.
The latter half of the Dynamic Dozen Heisman Contenders has players that could still make it to New York, but may not win it or currently thought of as being in the race. The Dozen is quarterback heavy with nine listed below; there are also two running backs and a wide receiver included. The ranking below is for through week eight and the top three of other polls are posted.
As posted before, the list consists of the 12 most dynamic Heisman Trophy contenders. It is based on the contenders that along with having gaudy numbers also make dynamic and meaningful plays on the field. This is not a predictor, but is a useful guide for Heisman candidates and previous Dozen contenders have advanced in past seasons.
Dynamic Dozen Heisman Trophy Contenders
Key Stats: 1885 passing yards (314.17 per game), 71.3 completion percent, 20 touchdown passes to three interceptions, 210.4 QB rating, 137 rushing yards, and three rushing touchdowns.
Last game: at Clemson W 51-14, 444 passing yards, 64.7 completion percent, three passing touchdowns, one interception, 197.6 quarterback rating, and one rushing touchdown.
Next game: vs. North Carolina State
2. QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon, r-So. 6-4 211
Key Stats: 2051 passing yards (293 per game), 62.4 completion percent, 19 passing touchdowns to zero interceptions, 181.7 quarterback rating, 493 rushing yards, 10.1 yards per carry, and nine rushing touchdowns.
Last game: vs. Washington State W 62-38, 327 passing yards, 71.9 completion percent, two passing touchdowns, 178.3 quarterback rating, 67 rushing yards, and one rushing touchdown.
Next game: vs. UCLA
3. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, r-So. 6-1 200
Key Stats: 2289 passing yards (327 per game), 73.3 completion percent, 18 passing touchdowns to seven interceptions, 182.8 QB rating, 486 rushing yards, 5.7 yards per carry, and six rushing touchdowns.
Last game: vs. Auburn L 41-45, 454 passing yards, 73.7 completion percent, four passing touchdowns, two interceptions, 198.3 QB rating, 48 rushing yards, and one rushing touchdown.
Next game: vs. Vanderbilt
4. QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, r-Sr. 6-0 216
Key Stats: 1488 passing yards (212.57 per game), 61.3 completion percent, 14 passing touchdowns to five interceptions, 932 rushing yards (133.14 per game), 6.8 yards per carry, and seven rushing touchdowns.
Last game: at Central Michigan W 38-17, 155 passing yards, 66.7 completion percent, 114.4 QB rating, 316 rushing yards, and three rushing touchdowns.
Next game: vs. Eastern Michigan
5. QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, Jr. 6-3 196
Key Stats: 2213 passing yards (316.14 per game), 72.0 completion percent, 20 touchdown passes to two interceptions, and 187.8 QB rating.
Last game: vs. UCF L 35-38, 341 passing yards, 76.3 completion percent, two passing touchdowns, and 169.1 QB rating.
Next game: at South Florida
6. QB Sean Mannion, Oregon State, r-Jr. 6-5 208
Key Stats: 2992 passing yards (427.43 per game), 68.6 completion percent, 29 passing touchdowns to three interceptions, and 170.7 QB rating.
Last game: at California W 49-17, 481 passing yards, 77.8 completion percent, four passing touchdowns, and 196.9 QB rating.
Next game: vs. Stanford
7. QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson r-Sr. 6-1 225
Key Stats: 1939 passing yards (277 per game), 63.1 completion percent, 16 passing touchdowns to four interceptions, 156.6 QB rating, 195 rushing yards, and five rushing touchdowns.
Last game: vs. Florida State L 14-51, 156 passing yards, 45.9 completion percent, one passing touchdown, two interceptions, and 79.5 QB rating.
Next game: at Maryland
8. QB Derek Carr, Fresno State, r-Sr. 6-3 218
Key Stats: 2276 passing yards (379.33 per game), 70.4 completion percent, 23 passing touchdowns to four interceptions, 154.8 QB rating, 74 rushing yards, and one rushing touchdown.
Last game: vs. UNLV W 38-14, 412 passing yards, 68.8 completion percent, four passing touchdowns, and 168.4 QB rating.
Next game: at San Diego State
9. QB Bryce Petty, Baylor, r-Jr. 6-3 230
Key Stats: 2023 passing yards (337.17 per game), 70.8 completion percent, 15 passing touchdowns to one interception, 221.8 QB rating, 51 rushing yards, and five rushing touchdowns.
Last game: vs. Iowa State W 71-7, 343 passing yards, 74.2 completion percent, two passing touchdowns, 188.4 QB rating, and one rushing touchdown.
Next game: at Kansas
10. RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, r-So. 6-1 207
Key Stats: 1012 rushing yards (144.57 per game), 9.5 yards per carry, and 11 rushing touchdowns.
Last game: at Illinois W 56-32, 142 rushing yards, 8.4 yards per carry, and three rushing touchdowns.
Next game: at Iowa
11. WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, Jr. 5-10 183
Key Stats: 76 receptions, 1176 receiving yards (168 per game), 15.5 yards per reception, 12 receiving touchdowns, 116 rushing yards, 6.4 yards per carry, and two rushing touchdowns.
Last game: at California W 49-17, 13 receptions, 232 receiving yards, 17.8 yards per reception, one receiving touchdown, and one rushing touchdown.
Next game: vs. Stanford
12. RB David Fluellen, Toledo, Sr. 6-0 215
Key Stats: 1006 rushing yards (143.71 per game), 6.8 yards per carry, 10 rushing touchdowns, one fumble, and 205 receiving yards.
Last game: vs. Navy W 45-44, 160 rushing yards, 8.0 yards per carry, one rushing touchdown, and 23 receiving yards.
Next game: at Bowling Green