AP Heisman Watch: Jackson leads field; Watson, Ward chasing
After one month there is only one question when it comes to the Heisman Trophy: Can anybody catch Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson in the race to college football's most prestigious player of the year award?
With enough games in the books and a clear picture of the field emerging, the AP begins its Heisman Watch with Jackson holding a commanding lead.
The AP polled seven of its sports writers who regularly cover college football. None are official Heisman voters because AP prohibits its reporters from voting for awards.
Each submitted a top three and points were handed out in the same manner that they are for the actual Heisman vote. Three for a first-place, two for second, one for third.
The Heisman Trophy will be awarded Dec. 10. Here are AP's projections going into Week 6:
1. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville (21 points)
So far: The sophomore is the only player in the country who ranks in the top 20 in both yards rushing (137 per game) and passing (325). He leads the nation in touchdowns scored with 14 and has accounted for 28 TDs running and passing.
Next: Jackson has this week off before heading into a five-week stretch of schedule that looks favorable to say the least