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25. Rawleigh Williams III, Running Back, Arkansas Razorbacks (7-5)
- Statistics: 233 rush attempts, 1,326 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 14 receptions, 227 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 1/1 (100% completion percentage), 1 passing yard, 1 passing touchdown, 2 solo tackles, 2 total tackles
- Analysis: Rawleigh Williams III had an amazing season in which he totaled 1,553 scrimmage yards and 15 scrimmage touchdowns despite playing against SEC opponents with ferocious defenses pretty much every single week of the season. His rushing statistics were very impressive, and his ability to catch passes and turn them into big plays helps his case in terms of being on this list as a player that may be mentioned in the Heisman Trophy award discussion.
24. Derrius Guice, Running Back, #20 Louisiana State Tigers (7-4)
- Statistics: 157 rush attempts, 1,249 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns, 6 receptions, 95 receiving yards, 8 kickoff returns, 142 kickoff return yards, 4 assisted tackles, 4 total tackles
- Analysis: Derrius Guice would not have been your first guess if I told you a Louisiana State running back would be on this list come the end of the season. However, his explosiveness led him to have an insane season in which he totaled 1,249 rushing yards on just 157 rush attempts (8.0 average yards per carry) against tough SEC defenses, which makes him worthy of being on this list as a player who the Heisman Trophy award voters should not ignore.
23. Mason Rudolph, Quarterback, #12 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3)
- Statistics: 262/416 (63.0% completion percentage), 3,777 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 79 rush attempts, 54 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 1 solo tackle, 1 total tackle
- Analysis: Mason Rudolph has been an extremely productive quarterback this season, and his passing yardage total of 3,777 passing yards ranks 8th in the nation to prove it. He is a very efficient quarterback who has only thrown four interceptions compared to the 31 total touchdowns he has accounted for, and while he is not a big threat to run the football, his passing prowess makes him one of the scariest quarterbacks in college for a defense to go up against. His numbers back that up, and as such, he cannot be left out of the discussion as a Heisman Trophy award sleeper.
22. Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback, Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-7)
- Statistics: 388/591 (65.7% completion percentage), 5,052 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 131 rush attempts, 285 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns
- Analysis: On paper, Patrick Mahomes is probably the best quarterback in the nation. He is an elite passer, as he leads the nation in passing yards with 5,052 and is 3rd in the nation in passing touchdowns with 41, and is also a threat to run the ball. He even led the nation in total touchdowns among quarterbacks with 53. Unfortunately for Mahomes, his numbers are inflated due to the fact that he threw the ball so much because he is on a relatively bad team in Texas Tech, so he cannot be ranked higher as a Heisman Trophy award candidate on this list .
21. Trace McSorley, Quarterback, #5 Pennsylvania State Nittany Lions (11-2)
- Statistics: 206/358 (57.5% completion percentage), 3,360 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 140 rush attempts, 352 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 1 solo tackle, 1 total tackle
- Analysis: Trace McSorley led Pennsylvania State to an extremely unlikely Big Ten Conference championship title, and he did it as a quarterback who can run the football effectively as well as be an efficient passer. He totaled 31 touchdowns and only threw 5 interceptions despite the tough opponents that he and the Nittany Lions went up against, so McSorley should not be omitted from this list of potential Heisman Trophy award candidates.