Week 1 in college football was chalked full of big plays and even bigger numbers. Week 2? Well it wasn’t very different.
Due to off weeks and injuries, there’s been a few changes in the top 5 since last week. Some players have moved up, some have fallen off, leaving room for two teammates to make their debut on the watch list. Here’s the 2013 Heisman Watch: Week 2.
5. De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
Thomas makes his debut at no. 5 after an impressive showing in the first two weeks of the season. The junior speedster rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries week one against Nicholls State, and followed that up with 124 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries this weekend against the significantly better Virginia defense.
It’s no secret that Oregon football games are more like track meets, and you can expect Thomas to put up similar numbers each week against the not-so-stellar defenses of the Pac-12. The Ducks scored 66 points in week one and 59 in week two, showing that the sky is the limit for Thomas.
4. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
The Tigers moved up in the AP Polls this week, but their star quarterback fell in the Heisman Watch after his average performance against cupcake South Carolina State. Boyd threw for just 169 yards and zero touchdowns in about one half of action in the 52-13 blowout. I still expect Boyd to finish in the top three when the final candidates head to New York at the end of the season, but if the senior wants to be in the running when all is said and done, he’s has to perform at a higher level than he did on Saturday.
3. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A & M
In his first full game of his 2013 campaign, the sophomore defending-Heisman winner didn’t disappoint. In a Silence-The-Haters fashion, Manziel completed 29 of 42 passes for 426 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in a win. Mr. Football went on to add 36 yards and a score on the ground on seven carries.
Manziel was dominant against Sam Houston State, but the real test comes next week when the Aggies play host to no. 1 Alabama.
2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
The sophomore quarterback has more than earned a spot in the top 5, rushing for 235 yards on just 9 carries in the first two games. For all you math lovers, that’s an average of 26 yards per carry. Not bad, right? As far as his passing, well that’s been Heisman worthy as well (despite having another candidate in the same backfield).
In the opening game against Nicholls State, Mariota threw for 234 yards and a touchdown on 12 of 21 passes (rushing for 113 yards and two scores on just 5 carries). Week two consisted of 199 yards through the air for two touchdowns on 14 of 28 passing. Though his completion percentage is in questionable (26-49, 53%), his yardage and scoring are not. It’s safe to say you can expect big things from Mariota for the rest of the season.
1. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Bridgewater makes the jump from no. 3 to no. 1 this week after another amazing performance in Louisville’s week 2 44-7 thrashing of Eastern Kentucky. The junior quarterback went 23 of 32 passing for 397 yards and four touchdowns. His ability to positively follow last week’s performance was impressive (23-28, 355 yards, 5 touchdowns, one interception), but it could ultimately hurt him in the long run. Big numbers against shady defenses could detract from his overall chances of winning the Heisman, but for now, it’s good enough for no. 1.
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