Joe Coughlin

Heisman Race Still Solid Without Big Names

Created on Nov. 28, 2013 11:16 AM EST

You enjoy Subway if you want, but I'll take my Jersey Mike's subs any day. The big name isn't better, but since we hear it so much, we get obsessed with it.

The Heisman race this year is losing its star power. Losses by Johnny Maziel and Marcus Mariota have them on the outside, while allegations against the clear-cut favorite, Jameis Winston, have made it near certain he won't be earning hardware. So what's left? Plenty.

Know these names. 

Andre Williams: The Boston College running back has more yards in his last three games (897) than Lache Seastrunk has all season (888) and he's just behind T.J. Yeldon's full-season total (1,022). 

Jordan Lynch: He just notched his second 300-yard rushing game on Tuesday night. He's a quarterback. His 1,700 yards rushing puts him Top 5 in the nation and he throws at a 64-percent clip for an undefeated team at Northern Illinois. 

Derek Carr: My colleague Joe Jenkins sings his praises whenever he can, but I can't argue with 39 TDs/4 INT and a 70-percent completion percentage for an unbeaten team at Fresno State.

Carlos Hyde: Hear me out. Yes, he missed time because of an awful accusation (no charges filed). Who am I to judge? All I know is, he's produced 1,064 rushing yards in eight games and six straight 100-yard rushing games (one in just 8 carries!).

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