Heisman Watch

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As the College football season comes to an end, the Heisman running is starting to take shape. Lamar Jackson, (QB, Louisville, Soph), Deshaun Watson (QB, Clemson, Jr), Jake Browning (QB, Washington, Soph), Jabrill Peppers (LB/DB, Michigan, Jr) are the hopefuls. The top four candidates have put on a stellar performance this year. The front runner Lamar Jackson has had a  record setting year with 45 total touchdowns on the season. He is tied for 35th on the all time touchdown list only behind by 18 touchdowns.  He still has at least four games left and on average he scores about 4 touchdowns each game. Lamar Jackson should be able to pad his stats a little more against unranked opponent, Wake Forest. Deshaun Watson, a local favorite, may not have the stats of the younger, Lamar Jackson, but where he lacks in numbers he makes up in leadership and charisma. Jake Browning slowly emerged as a Heisman candidate as the season progressed with throwing for over 2000 yards, 34 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions so far this season. The other candidate Jabrill Peppers is one of the few defensive players to be considered. He is thought to be the most versatile player in the NCAA. His main position is on the defensive side of the ball, but he is used on  offensive and the kickoff return team as well. He has four touchdowns on the season from offensive plays. All of the players in contention will hope to come home from NYC with a Heisman trophy in early December.