A running back hasn’t won the Heisman Trophy since Mark Ingram in 2009, and only two have claimed the prestigious award in this millennium.
Alabama’s Derrick Henry looks to follow in the footsteps of his forerunner Ingram, however, storming to another wildly efficient performance despite limited touches.
Henry is one of three running backs surging to early front-runner status for the 2015 Heisman Trophy.
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• Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State: I’ve said this before in the Heisman Top 10, and will reiterate: The early season will see fluidity. To wit, Cardale Jones goes from the top of the heap in Week 1, the result of some jaw-dropping plays in Ohio State’s win over Virginia Tech, to out of the Top 10 a week later.
Jones split reps with J.T. Barrett in a 38-0 romp over Hawaii and didn’t exactly load the highlight reel in his opportunities. It was a far cry from his Week 1 exhibition on an uncontested, nationally televised game.
• Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State: A Heisman front-runner for much of the 2014 season, Dak Prescott’s 2015 candidacy is going to struggle if Mississippi State doesn’t compete in the SEC West. Losing the division opener at home — particularly after Prescott took a delay-of-game penalty on the final drive — is a tough start.
• Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson: Deshaun Watson had a perfectly efficient Week 2, leading the Tigers to a blowout of Appalachian State. His first two outings have gone well below the radar given the level of competition.
• Malik Zaire, QB, Notre Dame: Malik Zaire’s Heisman campaign ended as abrupt as it began, unfortunately. His season-ending ankle injury against Virginia means redshirt freshman DeShone Kizer will quarterback the Fighting Irish the rest of the way.