Heisman Race: Dennis Dixon Leads the Field

Mark ScacewaterAnalyst IApril 3, 2017

Icon Sports Media1. Dennis Dixon, QB, Oregon, SR

Last Game: 21-28, 287 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 1 rushing TD

Season: 118-168, 1,525 yards, 15 TDs, 2 INTs, 6 rushing TDs, 21 total TDs

The Buzz

Dixon had another solid outing against Washington State, as his Ducks made quick work of the visitors by pulling out to a 40-0 halftime lead.

With 21 touchdowns through the air and on the ground, Dixon has established himself as arguably the best dual-threat QB in college football—right up there with Tim Tebow.

With a win against USC in two weeks, Dixon will become the bona fide front-runner.

2. Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College, SR

Last Game: 32-49, 291 yards, 2 TDs, INT

Season: 192-304, 2,148 yards, 17 TDs, 6 INTs

The Buzz

Ryan was unspectacular Saturday in South Bend. His opportunity to really showcase himself will come as BC faces four major opponents in the coming weeks, starting with Virginia Tech.

Ryan's a great pro prospect, and his team is undefeated—so if he can improve on his numbers and continue to win, he has a great shot to grab the award.

Icon Sports Media3. Andre' Woodson, QB, Kentucky, JR

Last Game: 21-38, 3 TDs, 2 INTs

Season: 156-245, 1,786 yards, 21 TDs, 4 INTs

The Buzz

Woodson had a dazzling game against LSU, and could easily be considered the front-runner.

Like Ryan, Woodson is a first-round draft prospect—but Woodson is more valuable to his team, which may make a difference in the final voting.

If Kentucky can finish 9-2 or better, I love Woodson's chances.

4. Mike Hart, RB, Michigan, SR

Last Game: 21 rushes, 102 yards, 2 TDs

Season: 200 rushes, 1,078 yards, 12 TDs

The Buzz

Hart has carried his team back to respectability. A dazzling performance against Ohio State would really give the RB a late-season push.

With Hart, we have to take a wait-and-see approach. If Michigan keeps winning, he'll continue to be a leading candidate.

5. Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas, JR

Last Game: 17 rushes, 43 yards, 1 reception, 5 yards, 0 TDs

Season: 147 rushes, 822 yards, 7 TDs

The Buzz

D-Mac is unquestionably one of the best in the game, but his numbers are starting to slip a bit. Worse, his team is fading—and he really needs to pick it up a notch to stay in contention.

I have a hard time seeing him winning the award this year if something doesn't change.

Next 5

6. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida, SO

7. Chase Daniel, QB, Missouri, JR

8. Graham Harrell, QB, Texas Tech, JR

9. Tashard Choice, RB, Georgia Tech, SR

10. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon, JR