Heisman Watch: Boyd retakes lead, Mariota makes a push

Ben Fisher,
10/8/2013 10:16:56 PM
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Four weeks after losing his lead, Clemson's senior QB Tajh Boyd returns to the top spot of's Heisman Watch.

A career-high in passing yards and five touchdowns will do that. Boyd had 455 yards passing in Clemson's win over Syracuse and while his two interceptions in Week 6 aren't pretty, that they are the first two of his season lessens their impact.

Boyd jumps ahead of Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater as top contenders after Manziel enjoyed a bye week and Bridgewater had a pedestrian outing in the Cardinals win over Temple.

But if the Heisman Watch was a three-horse race last week, it is definitely now a four-horse race.

Oregon's redshirt sophomore QB Marcus Mariota made things real cozy at the top with his seven combined touchdowns against Colorado. Mariota had 355 yards through the air and five of his seven scores in Oregon's Week 6 blowout win while adding 43 yards on the ground and his other two TDs.

Baylor tailback Lache Seastrunk also deserves mention for his play in the Bears' mauling of West Virginia. Seastunk had 172 yards and two touchdowns as Baylor's offence continues to look very dangerous.

Week 6 sees a newcomer join the Heisman Watch in Florida State QB Jameis Winston. A redshirt freshman, “Famous” Jameis had 393 yards and five touchdowns in the Seminoles huge win over the previously-ranked Maryland Terrapins.

1. QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson: 93/141, 1449 yards, 14 TDs, 2 INTs; 57 carries, 154 yards, 4 TDs (1 statement game)

2. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: 100/140, 1489 yards, 14 TDs, 2 INTs; 48 carries, 314 yards, 3 TDs (1 statement game)

3. QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville: 104/145, 1562 yards, 16 TDs, 1 INT (0 statement games)

4. QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon: 76/134, 1358 yards, 14 TDs, 0 INTs; 28 carries, 338 yards, 7 TDs (0 statement games)

5. RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor: 53 carries, 589 yards, 8 TDs (0 statement games)

6. QB Jameis Winston, Florida State: 90/123, 1441 yards, 17 TDs, 2 INTs; 36 carries, 135 yards, 2 TDs (1 statement game)

7. QB AJ McCarron, Alabama: 90/126, 1048 yards, 10 TDs, 3 INTs (1 statement game)

8. QB Derek Carr, Fresno State: 183/259, 1864 yards, 19 TDs, 4 INTs (0 statement games)

9. QB Brett Hundley, UCLA: 78/119, 1059 yards, 9 TDs, 4 INTs; 52 carries, 242 yards, 3 TDs (1 statement game)

10. QB Aaron Murray, Georgia: 98/151, 1534 yards, 14 TDs, 3 INTs (1 statement game)

Tajh Boyd (Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)


(Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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