By Knox Bardeen

What happens when 10 college football fans get in a room and start talking about the action from Saturday? A discussion about the Heisman Trophy typically ensues.

What about 10 station employees here at 92-9 The Game? Pretty much the same; we discuss who should win the Heisman.

Each week, from here until the end of the season, we’ll list our top three to five Heisman candidates and then tabulate the results.

With the 10 voters this week, we listed 12 candidates, but only three got enough points to be considered serious contenders. If this were the real world and not sports-radio land, only three athletes would make the trip to our Heisman ceremony in Midtown, Atlanta.

Here are the results:

  1. Lamar Jackson, Louisville (8) — 92 points
  2. DeShaun Watson, Clemson (1) — 64 points
  3. JT Barrett, Ohio State — 40 points
  4. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan (1) — 16 points
  5. Jake Browning, Washington — 12 points
  6. Dalvin Cook, FSU — 8 points
  7. Donnel Pumphrey, SDSU — 8 points
  8. Leonard Fournette, LSU — 6 points
  9. Greg Ward, Jr., Houston — 4 points
  10. Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee — 2 points
  11. Christian McCaffery, Stanford — 2 points
  12. Chad Hansen, Cal — 2 points

Jackson is the clear-cut favorite with eight first-place votes, one second place and one fourth place. He’s well ahead of Watson, even though Watson’s team beat Jackson’s head to head last weekend.

Jackson’s having a stellar season. He’s 10th in the country with 1,625 passing yards, sixth in touchdown throws (14), third in the country in rushing (688 yards) and no one has more than his 14 rushing touchdowns.

Watson seems to be closing the gap, however. He’s tied for sixth in the country with 14 touchdown passes, and Clemson’s emergence seems to have spawned from his awakening.

Barrett sits in a distant third place. He’s led Ohio State to five big wins and also sits tied for sixth place with 14 touchdown tosses. Of the quarterbacks with 14 or more throws for scores, only Barrett and Browning have two interceptions or fewer.

Michigan’s Peppers (the only defensive player on the list) and Browning, the Washington quarterback, are the only other players on multiple voters’ lists. Peppers actually had a first-place vote (Watson also nabbed a first-place vote).

Browning sits in third place nationally with 17 touchdown passes while Peppers is tied for third with 9 1/2 tackles for loss.

Cook and Pumphrey landed in a tie for sixth place with one second-place vote each. Fournette was on one list at third place and Ward on one list in fourth.

Rounding out the list of 12 Heisman hopefuls were Dobbs, McCaffrey and Hansen, who each got one fifth place vote.

The 92-9 The Game Heisman voters: Mike Conti, Mark Zinno, Jeff Benedict, Jon Chuckery, Wendy Adams, John Michaels, John Fricke, Arthur Triche, Beau Morgan and Knox Bardeen.


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