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Heisman Watch: Bridgewater's huge stats puts him in first

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Ben Fisher, TSN.ca
9/9/2013 6:24:05 PM
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Clemson Tigers senior QB Tajh Boyd entered the week as frontrunner but cedes the position to Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater.

Bridgewater, a junior quarterback and potential first overall draft pick, has a stat line through two weeks too gaudy to place him anywhere but at the top of the second edition of the Heisman Watch this season.

Against Eastern Kentucky, Bridgewater threw for nearly 400 yards and four touchdowns. Through two games the Miami, Florida native already has 750 yards passing and nine touchdowns.

Boyd meanwhile threw for just 169 yards in Week 2, before spending most of the second half on the sidelines in Clemson's win over South Carolina State. His fall to No. 2 in the Watch is as much due to the lack of an extravagant stat line Heisman candidates need to put up against FCS opponents as it was due to missing most of the second half.

Last year's winner Johnny Manziel remains very much in the Heisman picture this year as well. Despite not playing a full game again this week, Manziel's stat line in Texas A&M's romp over Sam Houston State was still very impressive.

The charismatic sophomore accounted for four touchdowns and more than 400 yards in the win, and now has six passing touchdowns through just five quarters of action this season.

Manziel and the Aggies have No. 1 Alabama on the schedule next week, and if he can pull off another statement game win against the Crimson Tide, he may just vault to the top of the Heisman Watch permanently.

Others that have forced their way onto the Heisman Watch through two weeks include two running backs in Georgia sophomore Todd Gurley(288 yards, three TDs) and Baylor junior Lache Seastrunk (261 yards, five touchdowns).

Meanwhile, South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney and Ohio State QB Braxton Miller did little to help their cause for the second straight week. Clowney was stifled by Georgia, and criticized his coaches after the game for the way they used him while Miller left the Buckeye's big win over San Diego State early due to injury, to watch backup Kenny Guiton take home the big stat line.

Alabama QB AJ McCarron was off in Week 2 but shares the same opportunity Manziel does in Week 3 to put a statement game on his resume early in the year.


Rank Player Notes
1 Teddy Bridgewater Louisville QB's gaudy stat line has him ranked No. 1
2 Tajh Boyd Clemson QB has statement game win against Georgia
3 Johnny Manziel Texas A&M QB has amazing stats despite two half-games
4 Todd Gurley Georgia RB the only non QB in the Top 5 through two weeks
5 Lache Seastrunk Baylor RB was huge in the Bear's big win over Buffalo
- Braxton Miller Ohio State QB watched most of Week 2 after minor injury
- AJ McCarron Alabama QB had mediocre Week 1, was off Week 2
- Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina DE has yet to show full potential in 2013
Teddy Bridgewater (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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