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10. Dalvin Cook, Running Back, #14 Florida State Seminoles (8-3)
- Statistics: 242 rush attempts, 1,467 rushing yards, 17 rushing touchdowns, 27 receptions, 400 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown
- Analysis: Dalvin Cook has emerged as a really good pass catching back in addition to one of the best runners in the nation. He sits 6th in the nation in rushing yards and 4th among running backs in rushing touchdowns. The combination of his extremely effecting running ability with his effective receiving ability make him one of the most well-rounded running backs and toughest running backs to stop in college football, and that has been the case all season long, which is why he sits on this list of Heisman Trophy award candidates.
9. D’Onta Foreman, Running Back, Texas Longhorns (5-6)
- Statistics: 292 rush attempts, 1,863 rushing yards, 15 rushing touchdowns, 7 receptions, 75 receiving yards
- Analysis: D’Onta Foreman has yet to have a game this season during which he totaled under 131 scrimmage yards, and he consistently runs all over opposing defenses. He is one of the most consistently dominant running backs in the nation, and he leads the nation in rush attempts and rushing yards despite missing a game early in the season. He may not be a great pass catching running back, but his outstanding production in the running game boost his stock as a Heisman Trophy award candidate.
8. Donnel Pumphrey, Running Back, San Diego State Aztecs (9-2)
- Statistics: 287 rush attempts, 1,855 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns, 25 receptions, 197 receiving yards
- Analysis: So far this season, Donnel Pumphrey has been one of the best running backs in college football. He is 2nd among all running backs in rush attempts and is 2nd in the nation in rushing yards. He is also leading all running backs who have over 205 carries with an average of 6.5 yards per rushing attempt and is tied for 10th among running backs with 14 rushing touchdowns. Pumphrey has put his team on his back and performed well above average each week in the running game. Hehe is certainly deserving of a second look as Heisman Trophy award candidate.
7. Jabrill Peppers, Linebacker, #3 Michigan Wolverines (10-1)
- Statistics: 42 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, 60 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass defensed, 20 punt returns, 305 punt return yards, 1 punt return touchdown, 9 kickoff returns, 216 kickoff return yards, 23 rush attempts, 163 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns, 2 receptions, 3 receiving yards
- Analysis: Jabrill Peppers is always one of the best players on the field, especially when he is out there on defense and special teams. He can also catch and run the ball effectively on offense, which shows that he can basically play every position on the football field and play it well. Averaging 7.1 yards per carry rushing the ball this season, he has rushed for three touchdowns to prove his offensive prowess in addition to how explosive he is on defense. He would not be your typical Heisman Trophy award winner, but he has a chance to win the award this season based solely on how well he plays.
6. Jalen Hurts, Quarterback, #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-0)
- Statistics: 182/281 (64.8% pass completion percentage), 2,168 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 142 rush attempts, 803 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns
- Analysis: Jalen Hurts has emerged as the best freshman quarterback in the entire country, and he is leading the #1 team in the country to a likely berth in their 3rd consecutive College Football Playoff and possible 2nd national title in a row and 5th in eight seasons. His passing game is becoming more and more efficient each week, and on the ground, he is nearly unstoppable. His numbers themselves don’t exactly stand out off the page, but his skillset does. Don’t sleep on Jalen Hurts, the quarterback that is leading the most dominant team in the country, when it comes down to giving out this season’s Heisman Trophy award.