2. TCU QB Trevone Boykin
Trevone Boykin could finally spend a football Saturday as Clark Kent, leaving his Superman suit in the closet for TCU’s bye week.
Boykin’s heroics have kept the Horned Frogs in the mix for both the Big 12 Conference championship, as well as a berth in the College Football Playoff.
Boykin ranks among the nation’s best in passing yardage, trailing only Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson; Washington State’s Luke Falk; Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty; and Tulsa’s Dane Evans.
The difference between those four and Boykin? Only Johnson has a positive-yardage rushing total on the season, and his current output is only one-third that of Boykin.
Few dual-threats have ever been as dangerous in both facets as Boykin.
1. LSU RB Leonard Fournette
A mismatched Week 8 contest meant Leonard Fournette needn’t shoulder a huge workload. He still rushed for 150 yards in a rout of Western Kentucky, but his production wasn’t approaching the lofty standard he set with three straight, 200-plus yard games earlier this season.
That three-game stretch established a pace that Fournette couldn’t realistically be expected to maintain. Had he, he’d be approaching Barry Sanders’ 1988 season.
As it stands, Fournette still boasts the most impressive, overall body of work through Week 8. While voters can be fickle and hop from candidate to candidate before finally casting their ballots, the CFB Huddle Heisman Top 10 is designed to take a season-long barometer.
No other player’s single-week buzz has matched the campaign-long excitement Fournette has created.