8. NORTH CAROLINA QB MARQUISE WILLIAMS
Marquise Williams has broken UNC's career record for total offense. It's been that kind of year for the Heels. pic.twitter.com/DbTgdUmLUX
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 28, 2015
It’s taken some time, but Marquise Williams’ outstanding, dual-threat play for 11-1 North Carolina is garnering worthy praise. Williams capped the Heels’ regular season with 2,605 yards passing and 18 touchdowns, 786 yards rushing with another 10 touchdowns, and 37 yards receiving with yet another score.
An ACC Championship Game meeting with Clemson could vault Williams into the stratosphere. Of the Heisman hopefuls, Williams is the dark horse with the most to gain in Championship Week.
7. OHIO STATE RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT
The Michigan State loss and Ezekiel Elliott’s subsequent postgame interview likely removed the Buckeyes running back from serious Heisman contention, but he at least reinserted himself into the discussion with a monster performance against Michigan.
Elliott’s shouldered the burden for Ohio State throughout the most tumultuous, 11-1 season imaginable. His effort in The Game felt like the dynamic ball-carrier was exorcising all the frustration of the Buckeyes’ defending championship campaign, as he ran with reckless abandon to the tune of 214 yards, scored twice for 18 and 19 on the season, and passed 1995 Heisman winner Eddie George on the program’s career rushing list.
— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) November 28, 2015