OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH
LSU RB Leonard Fournette
This one is certainly a no-brainer. LSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette steamrolled to the head of the Heisman Trophy conversation despite losing out on a surefire stat-padding opportunity against McNeese State.
The lofty praise for Fournette, which includes former Heisman winner Herschel Walker declaring the LSU sophomore is “better than [he] was,” is matched only by Fournette’s backstory.
A Hurricane Katrina survivor, Fournette demonstrates perspective that’s kept him grounded despite being launched into the media stratosphere. His ascending star makes for an easy name for some to tie their ulterior motives, but Fournette’s message to them should resonate throughout the season.
I will never jump ship… I’m drowning with my brothers
— 7⃣ (@_fournette) September 30, 2015
Georgia RB Nick Chubb: The running back Fournette praised as the SEC’s best is having a stellar sophomore season, building off the momentum built filling in for Todd Gurley last year.
Chubb is rolling off 8.4 yards per carry en route to 599 through four games. Were he not part of a multifaceted backfield, his numbers might be more impressive.
However, sharing carries with Keith Marshall and Sony Michel will keep Chubb productive long into SEC season as the Bulldogs compete for the crown.
TCU QB Trevone Boykin: Preseason Heisman favorite Trevone Boykin is fourth in the nation in passing yards, third in passing touchdowns, has rushed for nearly 48 yards per game and scored twice on the ground.
All-in-all, the breakthrough star of 2014 is not slowing down in 2015. If anything, Boykin’s set the stage for a monster Big 12 slate.
San Jose State Utility Tyler Ervin: Tyler Ervin isn’t a Heisman contender like others included in this section. At 2-2, his San Jose State Spartans are playing at most for an MWC West division title and at least the program’s first bowl bid since 2012.
Thus, Ervin isn’t getting a ton of national attention. But he really should. Through four games, his nine rushing touchdowns lead college football. He’s third in rushing yards, and he’s one of the primary targets in San Jose State’s passing game, and doubles (triples?) as the team’s primary return man.
Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise: C.J. Prosise erupted in Notre Dame’s surprising Music City Bowl defeat of LSU, and the running back has ridden that momentum into a stellar first month of the 2015 campaign.
Prosise has three games rushing for at least 100 yards, and came just two shy against Texas of making it all four reaching the century mark.