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Heisman watch and local leaders: Utes get big performances on both sides of the ball against Arizona State

Much has changed in the college football landscape after a wild weekend that saw three of the top four and five of the top nine ranked teams in the country lose.

That has also had a significant impact in the race for the Heisman Trophy after two of the top quarterbacks suffered tough losses. That has opened the door for others to step up and make a run at the biggest individual prize in the game.

Here is a look at the players most deserving of Heisman Trophy consideration and the local leaders after week 11.


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Honorable mention: Deshaun Watson, quarterback, Clemson; Baker Mayfield, quarterback, Oklahoma; Jabrill Peppers, linebacker/defensive back, Michigan; Jake Browning, quarterback, Washington.

5. Donnel Pumphrey, running back, San Diego State

Pumphrey had his ninth straight 100-yard rushing game as San Diego State crushed Nevada 46-16. In the win, he finished with 26 carries for 198 yards and a touchdown.

On the season, he is leading the nation with 1,779 rushing yards with 14 touchdowns. He has also caught 20 passes for 145 yards for the 9-1 Aztecs.

4. Luke Falk, quarterback, Washington State

Falk had another monster performance as the Cougars dismantled California 56-21. In the win, he completed 36 of 50 passes for 373 yards and five touchdowns.

On the season, he has completed 73.9 percent of his throws for 3,610 yards and 33 touchdowns.

3. D'Onta Foreman, running back, Texas

Even though the Longhorns lost, Foreman had another big rushing day with 35 carries for 167 yards in the 24-20 setback to West Virginia.

On the season, he has carried the ball 241 times for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns in nine games.

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

Barrett got the job done with his arm and his legs as the Buckeyes drilled the Maryland Terrapins 62-3. In the win, he threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns while adding 47 yards rushing and two more scores.

On the season, he has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 2,218 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also has 617 yards and eight touchdowns in the running game.

1. Lamar Jackson, quarterback, Louisville

Jackson managed 298 yards of offense (45 passing, 153 running) and a touchdown is a 44-12 win over Wake Forest.

On the season, he has completed 58.6 percent of his throws for 2,898 yards and 27 touchdowns to go along with 1,336 yards on the ground and 19 scores.


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5. Taysom Hill, quarterback, BYU

Hill had his best passing game of the year as the Cougars beat Southern Utah 37-7. In the win, he completed 22 of 29 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns. He added 29 rushing yards and another score.

T-4. Chase Hansen, safety, Utah

Hansen had a huge all-around performance as the Utes beat Arizona State 49-26. He finished with six tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, two passes defended and an interception he returned for a touchdown.

T-4. Pita Taumoepenu, defensive line, Utah

Taumoepenu had one of the best games of his Utah career in the win over the Sun Devils with six tackles, including four tackles for loss and three sacks.

3. Raelon Singleton, wide receiver, Utah

Singleton had a big impact in the Utes win over Arizona State with four catches for 116 yards and three touchdowns.

2. Joe Williams, running back, Utah

Williams had his fourth straight impressive rushing performance as the Utes improved to 5-2 in the Pac-12. He carried the ball 15 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

1. Hunter Dimick, defensive line, Utah

Dimick had a dominating game against Arizona State with nine tackles, including 6.5 for loss and a school single-game record five sacks. His 12 sacks on the season is tied for No. 1 in the country.