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 few 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.
Boyd’s still leading, and is likely to be as long as Clemson’s undefeated. With his first test in a few weeks coming this Thursday against NC State though, we’ll see what happens next. His last trip down to Raleigh did not go well at all, so all eyes will be on how he responds this time around. Put up the type of stats he did in the opener, and we’re right back on track in the national Heisman race.
So Teddy Bridgewater is mortal? After throwing just one touchdown pass versus Kentucky, it does seem that way. If he’d kept up his pace from the first two games, he’d probably be atop this list. So is this the end of his scorched-earth sprint over the Cardinals’ schedule? Hardly. Kentucky, despite their overall weakness, is still one of the best opponents on the Cards’ schedule. Take a look. Bridgewater’s numbers are going to be just fine this year.
Even in a limited amount of playing time, Winston still knows how to continue growing his sort-of legend. Despite completing just 15 passes, he still managed 215 yards and two scores. He ended up tossing an interception, but beyond that, there’s still very little negative to say about the redshirt freshman’s game. Tougher tests await, though for right now, Winston can just continue to rack up yardage and touchdowns against FSU’s tune-up opponents. The fact that the numbers still stand out next to the Seminoles’ 377 rushing yards against Nevada says an awful lot of good about his game.
Brown’s managed to stay below the national radar so far this season, but that’s unlikely to last much longer given the gaudy figures he’s put up. Passing-wise, he’s staying within his comfort zone and effectively utilizing the weapons around him to solid performances (at least 275 yards through the air in each game so far). But rushing is where he’s truly most dangerous. Brown is the engine that drives the Maryland ground attack, as very clearly stated in last week’s 16-carry, 122-yard effort. And it’s that strength — maybe even more so than the pass — that helps set up the team’s other backs. No team has contained the senior yet, and it’s doubtful West Virginia‘s the squad to figure out that puzzle either.
5. Stefon Diggs, WR/Maryland (430 all-purpose yards, three TD) (Last: 5)
Diggs is still only scratching the surface of his full abilities, plus it’s tough to get a ton of late-game playing time when your team’s always up by a bunch and you’re their best playmaker. While the sophomore isn’t nearly as involved in the return game as he was last season, the fact that he’s back there is enough to impact game plans. Right now, despite leading the conference is receiving, his primary value is functioning as a distraction, however. Be it on kick returns, in the running game or to spread the defense for Brown to continue excelling, he makes an impact on every play. It may not show up on the stat line and won’t earn anyone a trophy, but Diggs is one of the most accounted-for players in the country.