The Heisman Trophy has become more of a quarterback award over the past decade, but it looks as though we are on track to see running backs dominate the field this season. The year of the running back in college football is living up to the hype and running backs are leading the way all across the country, and it is not all Leonard Fournette at LSU. Fournette, however, is leading the way with a monster season still playing out.
As we reach the midway point of the college football season, here are some of the top names to keep a close eye on in the Heisman Trophy chase.
1. RB Leonard Fournette, LSU
1,202 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns
LSU’s powerful running back is averaging 200 rushing yards per game through six games, and he has helped fuel LSU to a 6-0 start to put the Tigers in the hunt for a College Football Playoff spot. Fournette has proven capable of providing big, game-breaking plays at any time and is coming off a 180-yard performance against Florida. Take a pick from any of Fournette’s long touchdown runs for a potential Heisman moment, but with some big games still to come we should see another opportunity for the sophomore to provide a signature play with a championship goal on the line.
2. RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
988 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns
With so much buzz surrounding Ohio State’s quarterback situation leading into the season and watching it unfold through the first seven games, Elliott has been the most dependable player on Ohio State’s offense. Like Fournette, Elliott has shown the ability to break a long touchdown run at any moment this season and is coming off a 153-yard performance against Penn State. Look for Ohio State to continue feeding Elliott as Ohio State works for another Big Ten title and return trip to the Playoff.
3. RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State
955 rushing yards, 10 TDs
If it was not for Cook, Florida State could be struggling a bit this season. Cook has come up huge when the Seminoles have needed him the most, and his electrifying moves and speed have provided more than enough sparks as Florida State has opened the year 6-0. Cook ripped through Miami for 222 yards. With Clemson still on the schedule, as well as Florida, Cook will have some big games to come up with a true signature Heisman moment in the second half of the year.
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