6. NAVY QB KEENAN REYNOLDS
Last week, a surprising multitude of national media personalities were adamant that Keenan Reynolds shouldn’t garner Heisman consideration. That writers and talkers would go out of their way to discount the Navy quarterback suggests there was a sizable groundswell in the opposite direction.
— Scott Strasemeier (@ScottStras) December 1, 2015
The Mids’ loss to Houston Friday hurt Reynolds’ chances of being invited to New York City. Team success carries a whole lot of weight with this award, and particularly so for Group of Five candidates who pundits love to discredit. However, Reynolds had one of the most impressive games statistically in his illustrious Navy career: 13-of-16 passing for 312 yards with a touchdown, a team-high 84 yards rushing with another score.
Reynolds checked into USA Today‘s survey with at least one third-place vote, so I wouldn’t downplay the possibility of him helicoptering from Philadelphia to NYC for the presentation next week.
5. OKLAHOMA QB BAKER MAYFIELD
Showing no ill effects from the injury that sidelined him against TCU, Baker Mayfield dissected rival Oklahoma State in Bedlam to put himself in prime position for an invite to New York. He went 17-of-25 with a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another 77 yards with a score.
Mayfield’s odds are actually third-best, according to ESPN, but gambling odds aren’t necessarily a mirror reflection of voter sentiment.
Heisman odds Derrick Henry: 1-4 Deshaun Watson: 4-1 Baker Mayfield: 12-1 Christian McCaffrey: 15-1 Ezekiel Elliott: 15-1 L. Fournette: 25-1
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 30, 2015
He’s a consistent Top 5 choice among media, but his positioning fluctuates in the 3-5 range along with fellow candidates Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook.