Half of the Dozen has changed with new additions to the early list including: WR Christian Jones (Alabama), QB Jameis Winston (Florida State), QB Derek Carr (Fresno State), RB Duke Johnson (Miami), QB Marcus Mariota (Oregon), and RB Bishop Sankey (Washington).
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater is easily the best quarterback in college football and he once again had a superb performance in the season opening game versus the Ohio Bobcats. Bridgewater has great footwork in the pocket with nice zip on his throws and he has a dangerously accurate deep bomb.
When asked about Heisman hype after the Ohio game, Bridgewater simply responded, "I can't talk about that right now."
Bridgewater could win the Trophy if no one else in the power conferences are standout performers this season. Quarterbacks Tajh Boyd (Clemson) and Jameis Winston (Florida State) are also coming off big weeks with each player totaling five touchdowns.
DE Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina) and QB Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) dropped all the way from number one and two to out of the Dozen as honorable mentions. It would be a long shot for either to win it after all the bad publicity as of late, especially Manziel. Clowney also has a disadvantage as a defensive player and the much talked about him "taking plays off" will not help a Heisman campaign. Manziel could still put up big numbers, but he has virtually no chance at winning the Trophy this season.
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.
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater
Clemson QB Tajh Boyd
Dynamic Dozen Heisman Trophy Contenders
Last game: vs Ohio W 49-7, 355 passing yards, 23 of 28 attempts, 240.4 pass rating, 5 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, and 1 sack.
Next game: vs Eastern Kentucky
2. QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson r-Sr. 6-1 225
Last game: vs Georgia W 38-35, 279 passing yards, 18 of 30 attempts, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 sack, 42 rushing yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns.
Next game: vs South Carolina State
3. QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon r-So. 6-4 211
Last game: vs Nicholls State W 66-3, 234 passing yards, 12 of 21 attempts, 1 passing touchdown, 113 rushing yards, 22.6 per carry average, and 2 rushing touchdowns.
Next game: at Virginia
4. QB Derek Carr, Fresno State r-Sr. 6-3 210
Last game: vs Rutgers W 52-51 OT, 470 passing yards, 53 of 74 attempts, 5 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, and 1 sack.
Next game: vs Cal Poly
5. QB Jameis Winston, Florida State r-Fr. 6-4 225
Last game: at Pittsburgh W 41-13, 356 passing yards, 25 of 27 attempts, 4 passing touchdowns, 2 sacks, 25 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown.
Next game: vs Nevada
6. QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois r-Sr. 6-0 216
Last game: at Iowa W 30-27, 275 passing yards, 25 of 41 attempts, 3 passing touchdowns, and 56 rushing yards.
Next game: at Idaho
7. WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt Sr. 6-3 206
Last game: vs Ole Miss L 39-35, 178 receiving yards, 10 receptions, 17.8 per catch average, and 1 touchdown.
Next game: vs Austin Peay
8. RB Duke Johnson, Miami (FL) So. 5-9 194
Last game: vs Florida Atlantic W 34-6, 186 rushing yards, 9.8 per carry average, 1 rushing touchdown, and 38 receiving yards.
Next game: vs Florida
9. RB De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon Jr. 5-9 176
Last game: vs Nicholls State W 66-3, 128 rushing yards, 7.1 per carry average, and 2 rushing touchdowns.
Next game: at Virginia
10. QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State Jr. 6-2 215
Last game: vs Buffalo W 40-20, 178 passing yards, 15 of 22 attempts, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 4 sacks, and 77 rushing yards.
Next game: vs San Diego State
11. RB Bishop Sankey, Washington Jr. 5-10 200
Last game: vs Boise State W 38-6, 161 rushing yards, 6.4 per carry average, and 2 rushing touchdowns.
Next game: at Illinois (week 3)
12. WR/KR Christion Jones, Alabama Jr. 5-11 185
Last game: vs Virginia Tech W 35-10, 47 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 109 kick return yards, 100 punt return yards, kickoff return touchdown (94 yards), punt return touchdown (72 yards), and 256 all-purpose yards.
Next game: at Texas A&M (week 3)
QB Taylor Martinez (Nebraska), DE Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina), QB Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), and WR Marqise Lee (USC).