Each week DSH submits a mock Heisman Trophy ballot to the website College Football Zealots.
This is the Week 5 submission, with notes and background on the race:
Handicapping the Heisman Trophy race, there are several ways to look at the award.
Who's the most likely player to win in December? Who should the voters choose? Who has the best stats? Who is leading in the minds of the voters right now? Who is likely to emerge, based on talent, schedule and exposure? And who is the most outstanding college football player in America, regardless of region, notoriety or position?
Those are separate and distinct questions, each with a range of possible answers.
Flyin' Hawaiian defies spyin': Marcus Mariota's home-run running ability is his X factor in the Heisman race. Outside of incumbent Johnny Manziel, he's the candidate most likely to make an exciting, memorable play with his feet. Already this season he has touchdown runs of 71 and 46 yards (Thomas Boyd, Oregonian photo).