During the summer, I mentioned keeping an eye on a quartet of quarterbacks — Skylar Howard, Brad Kaaya, Josh Rosen and Jake Browning — for a potential Heisman Memorial Trophy run.
While Rosen suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against Arizona State on Oct. 8, Howard and Kaaya’s schools — West Virginia and Miami, respectively — haven’t gotten the exposure they deserve (the Mountaineers mainly).
For Browning, his lack of a case for the Heisman is a rather puzzling one.
A sophomore quarterback for Washington, he ranks among the top three in the Pac-12 Conference in passing efficiency (181.6), passing touchdowns (40), passing yards (3,162), passing yards per game (263.5), passing yards per completion (14.78), points responsible for per game (22.0), total offense (268.8) and yards per attempt (9.61).
Just because the Huskies lost to USC — a team that is much improved from the one which took a thumping from Alabama — most everyone is writing Browning off.
That’s fine, but there are more options to choose from.
D’Onta Freeman (Texas) is the only FBS player with more than 2,000 rushing yards (2,028) so far this season. Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) leads the country in total offense (442.7 yards per game, which is 32 yards more than Louisville’s Lamar Jackson). Mahomes is also responsible for 318 of the Red Raiders’ points this season, which is 10 more than Jackson has for the Cardinals.
What about USC’s Adoree’ Jackson or Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, who not only stand out on the defensive side of the ball but also special teams and offense.
Oh, and there’s still Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Stanford’s Christian McCaffery who are having impressive statistical years, too.
Whoever you like, remember … Lamar Jackson isn’t a slam dunk anymore.
Contact Anniston Star Sports Correspondent Chris Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @ChrisBrown_AL.