10. FLORIDA STATE RB DALVIN COOK
Dalvin Cook has had a truly remarkable season punctuated with adversity. He’s battled through injury, yet produced the second-best per-game rushing average in the nation (153.9) and per-carry average among players with 100-plus touches (8.3). Cook is also the nation’s leader in explosive rushing plays.
FSU's Dalvin Cook leads all Power 5 backs in runs of 20+ yards, 30+ yards, 40+ yards, 50+ yards, 60+ yards and 70+ yards.
— Brendan Sonnone (@osfsu) November 9, 2015
Cook’s performance Saturday against Clemson captures the essence of his season. He broke some incredible, explosive plays:
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 7, 2015
But faced adversity from Florida State’s lack of offensive balance. The Seminoles’ inability to diversify the offense allowed Clemson to slow the run game — insomuch as the run game’s slowed while still getting almost 200 yards from its primary playmaker.
9. MISSISSIPPI STATE QB DAK PRESCOTT
Dak Prescott was firmly entrenched in Heisman hype leading up to the 2015 season, but the one-time front-runner in 2015 fell out of the conversation entirely rather quickly. Much like Mississippi State’s quiet return to the Top 25 at 7-2, Prescott’s quietly creeping back into the Heisman mix with a productive few months. He went without an interception until Week 8, improved his statistical production across a variety of key metrics, and led the Bulldogs to a 34.7-point per game average.
It wasn’t until Week 10 with Mississippi State in the national spotlight that Prescott’s play really shined. He threw for four touchdowns in a torrential downpour at Missouri, giving him 18 on the season. He’s now scored four touchdowns either by pass or run in three consecutive games.
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 6, 2015