Marcus Mariota: More times than I can count I’ve heard from coaches that its not the one who makes the most big plays, but the one who makes the least bad ones. Mariota has yet to throw a interception this year and is the driving force behind an Oregon Ducks offense that ranks 2nd in the NCAA behind the Baylor Bears in points and yardage. Mariota has tremendous arm strength and might be the fastest quarterback in college right now, and whats more impressive Mariota has done this without his star tight end Colt Lyreia and De'Anthony Thomas for most of the season. Outside of Stanford I don’t see any team that could stop the high powered Ducks offense.
Johnny Manziel: Amazingly last years Heisman Trophy Winner has had very little hype outside of the Lone Star State. Manziel has been playing better this year, at least statistically. The only thing that is holding him back is the pathetic play of his defensive counterparts. When you score 42 against a defense that, outside of the A&M game, has not let an opponent go past 10 points. Manziel has less spectacular scrambles but his passing, especially in the pocket, has improved leaps and bounds. However, barring a disastrous 4 weeks by Oregon and Mariota, Manziel seems unlikely to bring home a second straight Heisman trophy, especially if he shares points with another Aggie in Wideout Mike Evans.
Jameis Winston: “Famous” Jameis might be the most polished quarterback to come into college since Andrew Luck and if he steadily improves he could see his name called very early when he decides to come out. Seeing a freshman complete more than 70% of his passes and have such a nack for getting the ball into the endzone he should climb draft boards at a startling pace. He could be much higher but the fact that the Florida State team is so stocked with talent on both sides of the ball takes away from this fabulous freshman campaign by Winston. If Winston did this at any other school, he could be the Heisman front runner
Lache Seastrunk: Seastrunk could easily be leading the nation in rushing if he wasn’t pulled from most games at the half. He only has one game where he averaged less than 6 yards a carry. He is on of the most explosive runningback in the nation along with Wisconsins Melvin Gordon. Seastrunk has unbelievable speed and has surprising strength for a runner that only weighs in at 205 pounds. The Bears biggest test this season occurs this Thursday against the 10th ranked Sooners. I can’t wait to see how the Sooners 33 stack defense handles the unparalleled team speed of Baylor. Seastrunk needs to have an incredible second half of the season to be considered in the running but he should be the front runner for the Doak Walker runningback award and has a good chance of bringing back Doak Walker back to Texas.
Brandin Cooks: I was tempted to put Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans here but, unlike Cooks, Evans has a tremendous amount of help around him. Brandin Cooks is pretty much the only solid offensive player the Beavers have, catching twice the passes of any other Oregon State receiver and has more touchdowns than the next 5 receiver combined. Since the Beavers lack any running game the Beavers live and die by the pass. Cooks is undersized but he is incredibly shify and has surprising speed and plays much bigger than he is. He plays through double teams regularly and if he was maybe 4 inches taller and a few pounds heavier he could easily be drafted in the 1st round. Right now he is in the lead for the Biletnikoff award and in my mind should be a 1st team all american if he keeps the pace. Cooks might not win the Heisman but he is a tremendous player nonetheless.