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The 2014 Heisman Trophy tracker (20 items)

By , For the Deseret News

Sept. 1, 2014

The opening weekend of college football was full of great games, big plays and impressive performances. Some big-name players were as good as advertised, while others struggled with the pressure that comes from being in the national spotlight. There were also some huge games from players who were flying under the radar just a week ago. Here is a look at the best of the best from Week One.

1 of 20. Bryce Petty, senior, quarterback, Baylor:

Petty wasn't at the top of his game, but he didn't need to be as Baylor beat up on SMU 45-0 on Sunday night. In one half of football, he completed 13-of-23 passes for 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also added 21 yards and another score on two carries.

Up next for Petty and the Bears is a matchup against Northwestern State.

2 of 20. Sean Mannion, senior, quarterback, Oregon State:

Mannion and the Beavers started the season with a 29-14 win over Portland State out of the Big Sky Conference. Although the Vikings put up a good fight, Mannion had a solid outing in the win. He completed 26-of-45 passes for 328 yards and a 23-yard touchdown pass to Storm Woods that stretched the lead to nine for the Beavers in the third quarter. He also found the end zone with his legs on a six yard scamper in the victory.

Up next for Mannion and the Beavers is a trip to Hawaii.

3 of 20. T.J. Yeldon, junior, running back, Alabama:

The Crimson Tide had a very difficult opener, but Yeldon helped carry the load as Alabama came away with a 33-23 victory over West Virginia. He finished the game with 23 carries for 126 yards, including a pair of second quarter touchdown runs to cap off impressive drives. He also added a reception to his stat line in the win.

Up next for Yeldon and Alabama is Florida Atlantic.

4 of 20. Taysom Hill, junior, quarterback, BYU:

Hill had one of his best outings as the short-handed Cougars went on the road and knocked off UConn 35-10 on Friday night. He proved to be much more accurate than a year ago as he completed 28-of-36 passes for 308 yards and three scores. As expected, he was also impressive with his legs, adding 97 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries for the 1-0 Cougars.

Up next for Hill and BYU is a trip to Texas to face the Longhorns.

5 of 20. Ty Montgomery, senior, wide receiver, Stanford:

Montgomery showed his off his skills as a wide out and on special teams as the Cardinal ran away from UC Davis 45-0 on Saturday. He scored the first touchdown of the game on a 60-yard punt return early in the first quarter. He also added five receptions for 77 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown catch from Kevin Hogan to push the Stanford lead to 35 late in the second quarter.

Up next for Montgomery and the Cardinal is a battle against Cody Kessler and USC.

1. But seriously folks!
Salt Lake City, UT,
Sept. 2, 2014

Nice work Taysom. I didn't see Travis Wilson mentioned in the Heisman list. He is a PAC 10.2 QB and should be listed as the #1 qb in the country because of his conference affiliation alone.

2. TFUDD
SLC, UT,
Sept. 2, 2014

@but Seriously folks

Given that Travis Wilson only played 2 quarters it's logical that he wouldn't be mentioned on this list. His stats don't reflect an entire game while Taysom Hill did play the whole game. BYU didn't exactly blow out UCONN so Hill got to play most of the game..therefore accumulating more stats.

I'm pretty sure 99% of Utah fans would agree that Travis Wilson won't be considered a Heisman candidate either while 99% BYU fans would consider Taysom Hill to be one.....every year

3. David
Centerville, UT,
Sept. 2, 2014

TFUDD,

I didn't watch the game, but it sounds like Bryce Petty only played 1/2 of the game, and he's on the list.

We all (Aggies, Cougars, Utes) recognize that Travis Wilson is not a Heisman candidate, while Hill is.

4. MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT,
Sept. 2, 2014

Of course, Hill is on the list...this is, after all, the Deseret News.

Hill doesn't stand a chance of making an impact in the Heisman race simply due to the poor schedules Holmoe puts together. USC's Kessler looks like the real deal. We'll see what happens when conference play get underway. One thing is for sure, playing in a P5 conference...he will show how good he really is.

It is note worthy the bulk of the qb's in the Heisman race are from the talent rich Pac-12.

5. TFUDD
SLC, UT,
Sept. 2, 2014

@David

Did you not read my entire comment? it clearly states at the end of my comment "every year". BYU fans think their quarterback is a Heisman candidate every year single year without fail. and FYI..Bryce Petty was already a serious Heisman candidate last year so of course he'll already be on the short list of players.