Deshaun Shows Signs of Progress 

Following a rough start to the season including a close call against Troy, Clemson played at Georgia Tech last night in Atlanta. To keep his Heisman hopes alive for this year he needed to start playing like he did last year.  

 His performance last night was outstanding to us in any way, but was still a step in the right direction. 
He threw 32/48 for 304 yards. The yards look good but that’s less than 10 yards a completion and about 6 yards per attempt, which a very good number for a top caliber quarterback.

A big issue I see with Watson this year is his rushing. Last year he had 100yd rushing games and this year hasn’t come close. Last night he was 12 carries for 36 yards. Those aren’t good numbers for the stat book. 

Clemson looked good overall but will need Watson to pick it if they want hopes at the playoffs and if he wants a Heisman. The win was good but could’ve and should’ve been more lopsided. They’ll begin to prepare for next week against Louisville in a huge game for the Heisman and the playoffs. If Clemson wants a shot at Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals, they’ll need a big performance form Deshaun Watson. 

Heisman Watch Heading Into Week 4

Through week three of college football we’ve had Heisman Hopefuls fall out of the race while others show up out out of know where. 

Post Week Three Standings

1. Lamar Jackson- Soph. QB – Louisville

       Last Week-  W vs Florida St 63-20             Passing: 13/20 216 yd, TD, INT                          Rushing: 17 carries 146 yd., 4 TD                   This Week- @ Marshall 

       After being a 3 star prospect and have 100-1 odds of the Heisman this year, Lamar Jackson has become the front runner for the trophy this year with his odds climbing to 6-5. 

2. Christian McCaffrey- Jr. RB – Stanford

         Last Week- W vs USC 27-10                      Rushing: 31 carries 172 yd, TD                            Receiving: 3 receptions 66 yd, TD                 This Week- @ UCLA

         McCaffrey had high expectations this season and so far have lived up to then, and then some. With Hogan being gone he’s stepped up even more and getting more carries, receptions, and yards. He’s yet to be tested by a good defense but will be soon vs Washington and then by Oregon. 

3. J. T. Barrett-Jr. QB – Ohio St.    

         Last Week- W @ Oklahoma 45-24             Passing: 14/20 152 yd, 4 TD                                  Rushing: 17 carries 74 yd                                 This Week- Bye

         Barrett has had some impressive showings such as against Hawaii and this past week vs Oklahoma on the road. He’s developed more poise in the pocket and better decision making. If his plays stays at this level through Big Ten play, his pursuit for the Heisman would greatly benefit. 

4. Deshaun Watson- Jr. QB – Clemson

          Last Week- W vs S Car State 59-0          Passing: 12/15 152 yd, 3 TD                                   Rushing: 2 carries 8 yd                                     This Week- @ GA Tech

         The preseason front runner for the 2016 Heisman so far this year has heavily disappointed. Yet to play a good team, or even a solid overall game, Watson hopes to get going vs GA Tech Thursday night and keep his Heisman Hopes alive. 

5. Nick Chubb- Jr. RB – Georgia 

          Last Week- W @ Missouri 28-27              Rushing: 19 carries 63 yd                                     This Week- @ Ole Miss 

          Following a poor showing vs Missouri, Chubb needs to bounce back vs Ole Miss on the road to give his team a chance. A few more performances like his showing at Missouri could knock him out of the race for the Heisman.