8. ROYCE FREEMAN, RB, OREGON
Much of the attention leading up to and following Oregon’s 61-42 win over Eastern Washington was focused squarely on quarterback Vernon Adams.
Playing second fiddle to the quarterback isn’t necessarily new for Royce Freeman, the workhorse back behind Marcus Mariota in the latter’s 2014 Heisman season.
Freeman won’t play sidekick for long this season, though — not if he continues tear off nearly nine yards per carry.
He abused the Eagles with 180 yards on just 21 carries Saturday and went to the house for three touchdowns. I’d say that’s a Heisman-caliber Week 1.
7. JOSH ROSEN, QB, UCLA
The Josh Rosen Heisman Hype Train is pulling out of the station one game into the UCLA quarterback’s career. It’s not as if Rosen’s praise after Week 1 is unwarranted, mind you.
Rosen passed for more than 350 yards and scored three touchdowns. Had an 80-yard bomb not been dropped, he’d have scored four touchdowns and eclipsed 400 yards.
As Rosen’s ledger gains entries, he’ll either fade or ride a rocketship to the stratosphere, a la Jameis Winston in 2013.