RACE TO NEW YORK

Winning the Heisman takes more than good stats—you also need to play great on big stages. These are the 15 to watch in '15
August 10, 2015

SECOND TIER

Trevone Boykin

QB TCU

He's fresh off setting single-season school records for passing yards (3,901) and touchdown passes (33).

Nick Chubb

RB Georgia

Now the Dawgs' featured back, Chubb romped for 1,547 yards and 14 TDs in reserve duty as a freshman in '14.

Ezekiel Elliott

RB Ohio State

He reeled off 696 yards and eight scores in the Big Ten title game, Sugar Bowl and national championship.

DeShaun Watson

QB Clemson

Limited by injury as a freshman, a healthy Watson (1,466 yards, 14 TDs in '14) should carry the ACC-favorite Tigers.

Quarterback

Ohio State

Either J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones will inherit the spotlight and the reins of the No. 1 team in the country.

LONG SHOTS

Joey Bosa

DE Ohio State

He led the Big Ten in tackles for loss (21) and sacks (13½) and should again lead OSU's driven defense.

Taysom Hill

QB BYU

The dual-threat passer suffered a broken left leg in '14 but returns as an electric star with big games on his slate.

Samaje Perine

RB Oklahoma

Last season's Big 12 offensive newcomer of the year, he set an FBS single-game record with 427 rushing yards against Kansas.

Justin Thomas

QB Georgia Tech

The legs behind the Jackets' triple-option offense rushed for 1,086 yards last fall, the most by a Tech QB in a season.

Scooby Wright

LB Arizona

A repeat of his video-game-like numbers (163 tackles, 29 TFLs, 14 sacks) could make him a finalist.

FAVORITES

Connor Cook (left)

QB Michigan State

NFL teams are already drooling over Cook, a tough-nosed, accurate passer who gets to stand behind one of the country's top O-lines as a senior.

Leonard Fournette

RB LSU

Fournette capped his 1,034-yard freshman campaign with a 143-yard, two-touchdown performance against Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl.

Derrick Henry

RB Alabama

The Tide's uncertain QB situation could lead coordinator Lane Kiffin to lean on the 6'3" Henry, who rumbled for 990 yards and 11 scores last year.

Jeremy Johnson

QB Auburn

The Tigers' new starter is a 6'5", 240-pound dual threat who brings better passing skills to the high-output offense of an SEC favorite.

Dak Prescott

QB Mississippi State

Prescott finished eighth in Heisman balloting in '14 and spurned the NFL for his senior season, during which he'll lead a green lineup.

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