4. NAVY QB KEENAN REYNOLDS
The media groundswell for Keenan Reynolds in recent weeks is overwhelming. From those who cover Navy football on the beat, like the Washington Post‘s Gene Wang…
Mission statement in part on Heisman Web site: "pursuit of excellence with integrity." How can Keenan Reynolds not be invited? #NavyFootball
— Gene Wang (@gene_wang) November 22, 2015
…to nationally syndicated radio hosts like Jay Mohr and Dan Patrick, Reynolds’ momentum is building.
The NCAA’s career leader for rushing touchdowns added one more Saturday in a rout of Tulsa, giving him 82. With two (and possibly three) games remaining before the end of the regular season, Reynolds will almost assuredly break Montee’ Ball’s career mark of 83 scores from scrimmage.
The Heisman isn’t a lifetime achievement award, but it would be erroneous Reynolds’ contention is only the result of his four-year stats. Reynolds has captained the best Navy team in a half-century into contention for a New Year’s Six bowl bid.
3. STANFORD RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY
Heisman moments happen in November, and do-everything playmaker Christian McCaffrey is putting together a highlight reel in this month alone.
— Pac-12 Networks (@Pac12Networks) November 22, 2015
— Stanford Athletics (@GoStanford) November 22, 2015
The nation’s leader in yards from scrimmage is averaging 140.5 rushing yards per game and 37.8 via the pass. The most likely critique of his candidacy is that he has just seven rushing touchdowns, the result of head coach David Shaw sharing the wealth at the goal line.
But with three receiving touchdowns, one kickoff return and one passing score, McCaffrey is just as prolific as other top-flight running backs.
A prime-time showdown with one-loss Notre Dame sets the stage for McCaffrey to punch his ticket to New York. The last Stanford running back to contend for the Heisman, Toby Gerhart, sealed his spot against the Fighting Irish six years ago.