Heisman Watch (Week 2)

9/4/13 in NCAAF   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Watching college football on Saturdays is always a blast, but for some of the sport's best amateur players, there is a game within the game - the Heisman Trophy race. With one week of NCAA action under their belts, I'm going to take a look at some of the leading Heisman Trophy candidates who stood out in their season openers.

Aug 31, 2013; Clemson, SC, USA;  Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) looks to pass the ball during the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Clemson defeated Georgia 38-35. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports1. Tajh Boyd (QB - Clemson): He may not have put up the lofty yardage totals of some of the other candidates, but he scored every one of his team's touchdowns in a winning effort over No. 5 Georgia. Boyd racked up 270 yards through the air with three touchdowns while adding 42 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. To top it off, he did not turn the ball over.

2. Teddy Bridgewater (QB - Louisville): Bridgewater showed us why he is widely considered the top NFL prospect at the quarterback position, displaying sensational accuracy and an ability to constantly move the ball down the field. He completed 23-of-28 passes for 355 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception as his Cardinals stomped out Ohio 49-7. The biggest issue here is that Louisville lacks the strong competition on their schedule for Bridgewater to have a real trademark game, as many other candidates will likely have. His numbers will probably have to be the best by far to win the award.

3. Johnny Manziel (QB - Texas A&M): Johnny Football only needed eight pass attempts to insert his name right back into the Heisman discussion. After serving a suspension during the first half, Manziel completed six of those eight passes for 94 yards and three touchdowns. Once he starts playing full games, his numbers are bound to return to weekly eye-popping totals.

4. Marcus Mariota (QB - Oregon): Who needs Chip Kelly to put up numbers? Marcus Mariota doesn't. The Ducks' quarterback only played three quarters during his team's rout of Nicholls State, but wasted no time, racking up 234 yards and a touchdown through the air, with 113 yards and two more scores on the ground. It will be interesting to see how he fares when opposing competition becomes stiffer in the coming weeks.

5. Jameis Winston (QB - Florida State): 2012's top quarterback recruit made his NCAA debut on Labor Day against Pittsburgh, and he did just about everything but disappoint. He completed a jaw-dropping 25-of-27 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns, and added 25 yards and a score on the ground. It may have been Pitt's first game in the ACC, but once again, it was Winston's first game in college football. It was a great start to the promising collegiate career of the 19-year-old.
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