4. TREVONE BOYKIN, QB, TCU
Trevone Boykin arguably deserved an invitation to the 2014 Heisman presentation, and he entered 2015 as the award’s front-runner.
His modest, if not disappointing outing against a feisty Minnesota defense Thursday may have temporarily taken some of the buzz off of Boykin’s candidacy. That I can describe Boykin’s night as disappointing is a testament to his Heisman credentials, however.
He still passed for 246 yards and rushed for 92 yards. Accounting for almost 350 yards of offense against a good defensive team on the road is just fine. It’s being tabbed the prohibitive favorite heading into the year that’s a drag.
3. NICK CHUBB, RB, GEORGIA
Nick Chubb did everything he needed in Georgia’s cakewalk over UL-Monroe. The sophomore running back reached the end zone on the Dawgs’ first scoring drive, then tacked on another score to cap a 16-carry, 120-yard afternoon.
Chubb’s 2015 debut was impressive, though not necessarily eye-popping afternoon. With a couple of SEC games next on Georgia’s docket, Chubb will be in the national spotlight early.