ACC Football 2013 Heisman Watch: Week 3

Despite Only Playing a Portion of Last Saturday's Game, Tajh Boyd Still Leads ACC's Heisman Hopefuls

Despite Only Playing in Part of Saturday’s Game, Tajh Boyd Still Leads ACC’s Heisman Hopefuls

No losses among the ACC‘s top teams yet, which means all of these players stay in the actual Heisman hunt for the time being. We’re still just a couple games in, though. Plenty of season left to play, and plenty of players that might even be flying under the radar right now. Have other nominees? Submit your ballots below.

1. Tajh Boyd, QB/Clemson (491 total yards, six total TD, 0 INT, 60.4% completion) (Last: 1)

Despite leaving Saturday’s contest very early, Boyd remains atop the list thanks to his team’s big win and their continued move up the polls. One would assume, so long as he remains healthy for the reason of the season and the Tigers don’t lose more than one game, he’ll be in contention for the long haul. Should the Tigers start running away with games and sitting Boyd by early in the third quarter though, it may end up hurting his chances in the long run. I stress may. Which brings us to…

2. Teddy Bridgewater, QB/Louisville (752 passing yards, nine TD, 1 INT, 76.7% completion) (Last: 2)

Louisville’s schedule (as discussed previously) kills Bridgewater’s hopes when put up against Boyd, so he’s making up ground with statistics. Despite demolishing their first two opponents, the Cardinals have been leaving their quarterback in for as long as acceptable (and sometimes long past that) in order to give him a greater chance of putting up monstrous numbers. It’s worked thus far, as those eye-popping stats have kept him at the top of the conversation for the time being. No, Louisville’s not in the ACC just yet, but should Bridgewater win the award, you can bet the ACC claims it for themselves (and rightfully so).

3. Jameis Winston, QB/Florida State (381 total yards, five total TD, 0 INT, 92.6% completion) (Last: 3)

Winston didn’t play at all last week, since FSU had a bye. But the magnitude of his debut remains as everyone’s trying to project what he’ll do for an encore performance. Against a Nevada team whose defense isn’t exactly stellar (allowed 58 points to UCLA), one would expect the redshirt freshman to put up some astronomical numbers. If he’s going to continue living up to and surpassing the expectations set for him, that may be the only acceptable way he can do it before long.

4. C.J. Brown, QB/Maryland (691 total yards, nine total TD, 0 INT, 75.6% completion) (Last: 5)

Brown just keeps rolling through Maryland’s cupcake schedule, which is nothing to chastise for the time being. You play who’s on the slate and go and get a win, and the Terps QB has more than done his share in that department. While he ran the ball a bit less in game two against Old Dominion, his passing numbers remained around the same level with less throws. His 12.36 yards per attempt are off the charts and even if he cools off, the torrid early pace should allow him to post up a pretty formidable senior year resume.

5. Stefon Diggs, WR/Maryland (385 total yards, two TD) (Last: NR)

If you were going to point to anyone else as the main cause for Maryland’s hot start, it’s obviously Stefon Diggs, who’s really separated himself as one of the conference’s top playmakers as a sophomore. Last week, he averaged nearly 30 yards per catch on six grabs, adding a score for good measure. He’s also involved in the running game and on kick returns. Brown may very well be the engine running this offense, but Diggs is all the custom features that make it look good and go faster.

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