Heisman Watch Week 6: Georgia’s Aaron Murray vaults into contention with clutch win against LSU

Heisman Watch Week 6: Georgia’s Aaron Murray vaults into contention with clutch win against LSU
Heisman Watch Week 6: Georgia’s Aaron Murray vaults into contention with clutch win against LSU

Dr. Saturday is only in the second week of the Heisman Watch and we’ve already made a change.

It’s not Teddy Bridgewater’s fault that Louisville plays such a horrendous schedule this season, but it's difficult to justify keeping him on our Heisman list when he continues to play the lower echelon of college football.

And Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was hard to ignore.

Murray orchestrated a career-defining drive in the win against LSU on Saturday and has been steady all season. He probably should have been on our Heisman radar sooner, but Georgia’s struggles against North Texas kept him off.

He joins some tough company. None of the players on this list lost this weekend and most put up numbers to back up their status as a contender.

Here’s a look at this week’s Heisman Watch:

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Mariota didn’t have a stellar game against Cal, but we’ll chalk that up to the driving rain that hampered both teams. Mariota had his worst passing night of the season, but still managed to throw for two touchdowns and rush for a score. His rushing this season has been somewhat underrated. He’s averaging 73.75 yards on the ground and has had a passing and rushing touchdown in each game this season. Oh, and he still hasn’t thrown an interception.

Stats:

Comp %:
56.1

Yards:
1,003

TD:
9

INT:
0

Rush Yds.:
295

TD:
5

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Manziel faced a little adversity against Arkansas this past week, but continued to lead his team with athletic plays to secure 45-33 win. Manziel has proven that if his defense isn’t going to show up – and that’s been a lot this season – he’ll be there to bail them out even if it takes a few circus plays to do so.

Stats:

Comp %:
71.4

Yards:
1,489

TD:
14

INT:
4

Rush Yds.:
314

TD:
3

Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

Murray's four TD passes against LSU kept his team alive, but his career-defining drive with just over four minutes left helped secure his spot on this list. Murray’s numbers rival many of the players on this list and he’s put them up against against better competition. Georgia’s slate gets much easier in the coming weeks, so he’ll be able to pad his resume against SEC competition in hopes of landing an invite to New York.

Stats:

Comp %:
68.1

Yards:
1,338

TD:
11

INT:
3

Rush Yds.:
20

TD:
3

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St.

There’s been no disputing Winston’s talent, but at the end of the first half against Boston College last week, Winston made a Manziel-like play by evading several defenders and finding his WR deep for a late TD. It was as exciting a play as we’ve seen all year. Still, his team had some trouble with B.C., not exactly one of the better squads in college football this season, so it will be interesting to see what he does against a Maryland team that shut out West Virginia two weeks ago.

Stats:

Comp %:
73.6

Yards:
1048

TD:
12

INT:
2

Rush Yds.:
101

TD:
2

Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

Boyd made up for a mediocre performance two weeks ago, but he’s still teetering at the bottom of the list. It’s not about his numbers, it’s about his play. This weekend’s game at Syracuse presents a little bit more of a challenge, but he’s going to have to be a better manager and put up gaudy numbers to stay on this list.

Stats:

Comp %:
64.0

Yards:
994

TD:
9

INT:
0

Rush Yds.:
159

TD:
1

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