10. Florida State RB Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook has been one of the nation’s most exciting ball-carriers, and the chief reason Florida State is still in contention for the ACC championship. He’s second nationally in average yards from scrimmage per game, trailing only Leonard Fournette.
However, Cook’s Heisman stock is slipping as he continues to battle injury. Florida State cruised without him at Syracuse last week, but faces its most important test of the season this coming Saturday against Clemson.
9. Houston QB Greg Ward Jr.
Houston’s do-everything quarterback Greg Ward Jr. leads the nation in rushing touchdowns, scoring one on the ground Saturday against Vanderbilt to surpass Leonard Fournette. He’s now Houston’s single-season rushing touchdown record holder.
Another record for Houston QB Greg Ward Jr. Sets the UH single-season rushing record, regardless of position. pic.twitter.com/XRFaomKYHl
— #HTownTakeover (@D_D_Bass) October 31, 2015
Ward also threw for one touchdown on the Commodores and completed 15-of-23 passes for 221 yards.
The Ward-led Cougar offense blasted Vanderbilt 34-0, scoring the most of any Vandy opponents this season and ending the Commodores’ streak of three straight games holding their opponent below 20 points.
Saturday wasn’t Ward’s best game; he fumbled twice, which head coach Tom Herman says “sticks in [his craw],” but the Houston quarterback shined in one facet that doesn’t necessarily show in the box score.
“We put a lot on his plate because of how multiple their defense was. They do a really good job when the offense looks to the sideline, they check their defense. So we couldn’t rely on a lot of the things that we do, in terms of looking to the sideline and letting Major [Applewhite] call the right play. We put a lot on [Ward] in terms of two or three play checks to get us in the right play, and he did a phenomenal job of that.”