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Heisman Trophy watch and local leaders: Jamaal Williams has record-setting night for BYU

Much has changed in the Heisman Trophy race after another crazy weekend in college football as some of the favorites saw their teams lose. There were also some incredible individual performances from players both locally and nationally.

Here is a look at the top Heisman Trophy candidates and the local leaders after the fifth weekend of college football.


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5. Davis Webb,, quarterback, California

Webb had another huge passing day as the Bears knocked off the Utah Utes 28-23.

He completed 22 of 35 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns.

On the season, he has thrown for 2,143 yards and 22 touchdowns while completing 62.3 percent of his passes.

4. Donnel Pumphrey, running back, San Diego State

Even though the Aztecs suffered a tough loss to South Alabama, Pumphrey still had a nice day with 25 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown.

On the season, he is the nation's leading rusher with 750 yards and eight scores even though he has played only four games.

3. Greg Ward Jr., quarterback, Houston

Ward is the centerpiece of a dynamic Cougar offense that has put up big numbers every week. He had another good outing in the 42-14 win over Connecticut, completing 32 of 38 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns. He added 65 yards rushing and two more scores as Houston improved to 5-0 on the year.

For the season, he is completing 70.7 percent of his throws for 1,325 yards and eight touchdowns while totaling 178 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

2. J.T. Barrett, quarterback, Ohio State

While his stats aren't huge, Barrett just makes plays for the Buckeyes. Saturday's 58-0 win over Rutgers was no different as he completed 21 of 29 passes for 238 yards and four touchdowns.

On the season, he is completing 68.6 percent of his throws for 888 yards and 14 touchdowns with just two interceptions in four games. He also has managed 205 yards and three scores in the running game.

1. Lamar Jackson, quarterback, Louisville

Although the Cardinals lost 42-36 to the Clemson Tigers, Jackson still did enough to stay at the top of the list. He threw for 295 yards and a touchdown while adding a game-high 162 yards rushing and two scores. On the season, he has completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 1,625 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is also a beast as a runner with 688 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground.


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5. Andrew Rodriquez, wide receiver, Utah State

Rodriguez had the best receiving game of his Utah State career even though the Aggies lost to Boise State. In the 21-10 loss, he managed six catches for 89 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown.

4. Kai Nacua, safety, BYU

Nacua had another impactful game in the win over Toledo. He finished with six solo tackles and came away with one of the biggest defensive plays of the night, intercepting Logan Woodside late in the fourth to give the Cougars the ball back in a tie game.

3. Raelon Singleton, wide receiver, Utah

Singleton stepped up for the shorthanded Utah receiving corps in the game against the Bears. He finished with career highs in catches (seven) and yards (98) and helped give the Utes extra downs late in the game after drawing a pass interference penalty in the end zone.

2. Armand Shyne, running back, Utah

Shyne had his best day as a Ute in the loss to the Bears. He totaled 25 carries for 99 yards and a pair of short touchdown runs. He added a reception for 4 yards.

1. Jamaal Williams, running back, BYU

Williams had a legendary performance to carry the BYU offense in the 55-53 win over Toledo. He carried the ball 30 times for a single-game rushing record 286 yards, including touchdowns runs of 1, 2, 48, 62 and 14 yards. Williams is now second in the nation with 703 rushing yards.

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.