The Top Heisman Contenders for 2015
I recently identified the commonalities of Heisman winners and top vote getters. In this article, I apply those filters to the 2015 player pool to identify the top quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers who fit the Heisman mold. At the bottom, I provide my projected top 10 finishers.
The trick with this year is that almost none of the premier teams have a quarterback that fits the bill of lots of passing touchdowns, balanced offense, low percentage of team’s rushing yards. None of Brandon Harris (LSU), Kevin Hogan (Stanford) and Jacob Coker (Alabama) have thrown enough touchdowns. There are a few guys that stand out, though.
1) Paxton Lynch, Memphis, Age 21.9
Even if none of the recent winners have been from smaller conferences, we have seen guys like Jordan Lynch (third, 2013) and Colt Brennan (third, 2007) finish highly. Paxton Lynch makes the list on the strength of his performance, his team’s undefeated record and his ascending national buzz. He hasn’t thrown touchdowns frequently enough, but he has a signature win over Ole Miss and two more opportunities to make an impression against ranked teams (Temple and Houston) down the stretch.
MS Rush Yards = 10.4%, MS Total Yds = 64.2%, Touches/G = 42.4, Pass TD/G = 2.3