Chris Huston of heismanpundit.com has issued his Week 3 Heisman Watch, and Marcus Mariota is number one ahead of Braxton Miller, Tajh Boyd and Teddy Bridgewater.
Huston is one of the foremost authorities on the award. He polls actual Heisman voters and considers statistical trends, the history of the trophy voting, and the schedule.
About Mariota he says:
It didn’t take long for Mariota to strike against Virginia, as he ripped off a 71-yard touchdown run on Oregon’s fifth play. So far this season he’s averaging a remarkable 26.1 yards per carry. It looks like he’s on his way to a special season (statistically speaking) and when you combine that possibility with Oregon’s status as the No. 2 team in the land, it makes Mariota the player with the best chance of winning the Heisman at this point.
Season Stats: 26/49, 433 yards, 53.1%, 3 TDs, 0 Ints, 147.49 rating, 9 carries, 235 yards, 26.1 ypc, 3 TDs
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