The Heisman Trophy race for 2015 still has Leonard Fournette as the leader heading into November, but players like Trevone Boykin, Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, Derrick Henry, Corey Coleman and Dalvin Cook also are in the mix. Fournette has a huge test this week as LSU takes on Alabama and that will put him head to head with RB Derrick Henry.
Fournette has been leading the way for most of the season and many around college football see the award as his to lose. If LSU wins over Alabama this week in a tough SEC matchup, it should only help Fournette in the voting as the season goes on. The Tigers are undefeated and this game on Saturday has huge implications for the college football playoff and the SEC. Fournette and the Tigers were off this week, so he did not get the chance to add another performance to his Heisman resume for the season.
Fournette comes in with 1352 rushing yards this season and he has scored 15 touchdowns for the Tigers. Last game Fournette went for 150 yards and a touchdown in the win against Western Kentucky and he is averaging over seven yards per carry this season. Most college football reporters see Fournette as the best player in the nation this season and some have suggested he should sit out next year and wait to go into the NFL draft so he does not get injured.
Boykin looks to be the biggest threat to Fournette, as he is a quarterback and has some dynamic numbers for the season. Boykin had another standout game last week against West Virginia with 388 yards and three passing touchdowns and he also added 84 yards on the ground with another TD. Boykin has nearly 3000 passing yards this season with 28 touchdowns and just five picks and he is completing over 66 percent of his passes. Boykin likely will be number two if Fournette ends up winning.
It's hard for a WR to win the trophy, but Corey Coleman is doing all that he can to do it, as he has 47 catches for 962 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. Coleman is a player to watch as Baylor goes down the stretch. Elliott is playing for a national title contender and that always helps and he comes in with 1130 yards and 13 scores this season. Elliott had 142 yards and two TDs in the win against Rutgers and he has put up 100-yards or more in 12 straight games.
Derrick Henry is having a strong season for Alabama and he comes in with 1044 yards and 14 touchdowns this year. The team matches up with LSU this weekend and that puts Fournette and Henry against each other. Henry comes in after rushing for 143 yards and two scores against Tennessee. Christian McCaffrey also could get some consideration, as he has 1060 yards and six TDs this season for Stanford, but he needs to do more to get into the top five.