Heisman Watch: Manziel, Bridgewater remain first and second

Ben Fisher,
9/23/2013 11:40:54 AM
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It was nothing but blowouts in Week 4 action, so to keep your spot in the Heisman Watch, you better have put up some big numbers Saturday.

While the schedule gets a lot tougher (and a lot better for fans) from here on out, for now the contenders for college sport's most prestigious individual award had to prove they can show no mercy and dominate lesser competition. Call it the “pad your stats” portion of the season.

The fight for the Heisman Watch lead is tight between last year's winner Johnny Manziel and the consensus top NFL prospect at quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. While neither put up astronomical stats against their heavy underdog opponents of Week 4, they showed enough to remain 1-2 in the Watch.

Manziel's passing stats in Texas A&M's win over SMU were far from eye catching, 14-21 for 244 yards and one touchdown to one interception, but he added 102 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Bridgewater meanwhile, threw for just over 200 yards but had four touchdowns in Louisville's rout of Florida International.

Both QBs were granted early exits in the blowout wins.

It was another less than jaw dropping performance by Clemson senior Tajh Boys as his Week 1 statement game win over Georgia slips further from our memory.

Boyd opened up ACC conference play with a 244-yard, three touchdown performance in the Tigers' win over NC State.Had Oregon QB Marcus Mariota not had a bye week, Boyd could have slipped for the third consecutive week. As it were however, Mariota was off and remains fourth in the Heisman Watch.

Making the big jump in the Watch this week was Baylor tailback Lache Seastrunk. After starting the year outside of the Top 25, the currently 19th-ranked Bears have looked more and more explosive each week, and Seastrunk is a big reason why. In the Bears' big win over Louisiana-Monroe in Week 3, Seastrunk tallied 156 yards and a touchdown on just 10 carries. He jumped Georgia running back Todd Gurley as the top non-QB on the list.

Falling out of the top five was UCLA QB Brett Hundley. Considering his opponent, New Mexico State, Hundley's 280 yards and three touchdowns to two interceptions wasn't up to snuff to stay in the Top 5 of the Watch.

Alabama's AJ McCarron followed the trend of (somewhat) disappointing QB performances in the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide's win over Colorado State. McCarron had 258 yards and just one touchdown to one interception.

And as Fresno State joined the Top 25 rankings for the first time this season, so to does their QB Derek Carr join the outer ranks of the Heisman Watch.

Carr led the Bulldogs to an important win over Boise State with 460 yards through the air and four touchdowns in one of the few close games of the week.

Rank Player Notes
1 Johnny Manziel Texas A&M QB did just enough vs. SMU to keep No. 1
2 Teddy Bridgewater Louisville QB looks good through four weeks
3 Tajh Boyd Clemson QB's statement game from Week 1 fading from memory
4 Marcus Mariota Oregon QB had bye in Week 4
5 Lache Seastunk As Baylor continues to impress, so to does junior running back
- Brett Hundley UCLA QB struggled in Week 4 considering opponent
- AJ McCarron 'Bama QB had unimpressive Week 4 vs. weak opponent
- Derek Carr Ohio State QB in danger of getting forgotten after missing Week 3
- Todd Gurley Georgia RB jumped by Seastrunk as top non-QB on list
- Jadeveon Clowney Soutch Carolina DE had bye in Week 4
Johnny Manziel (Photo: Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)


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