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Heisman Trophy watch and local leaders: Heisman race opens up after Louisville loss


Back-to-back losses by Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals have opened the door for someone else to step up and make a run at the biggest individual award in college football.

Jackson still has a good chance to win the award, but a big championship week performance from one of the other top contenders could very well unseat the favorite for most of the year.

Here is a look at the players most deserving of Heisman Trophy consideration and the local leaders after Week 13.

Heisman Trophy watch

5. D'Onta Foreman, running back, Texas

Even though the Longhorns struggled, Foreman had a monster year. His latest effort was a 165-yard performance on 31 carries in a 31-9 loss to TCU.

On the season, he carried the ball 323 times for 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns in 11 games.

4. Jalen Hurts, quarterback, Alabama

Hurts has had an impressive freshman campaign under center for the Crimson Tide. He had another solid afternoon in a 30-12 win over Auburn with 286 yards passing and two touchdowns to go along with 37 rushing yards and another score.

On the season, he has completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 2,425 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also has 840 yards and 12 touchdowns in the running game.

3. Jake Browning, quarterback, Washington

Browning had one of his best days of the season as the Huskies dismantled the Washington State Cougars to take home the Pac-12 North crown. In the 45-17 win, he completed 21 of 29 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns.

On the season, he has completed 65 percent of his throws for 3,162 yards and 40 touchdowns to go along with four rushing scores.

2. Baker Mayfield, quarterback, Oklahoma

Mayfield has had another terrific year for the 9-2 Sooners. He had another good performance in the 56-28 win over West Virginia with two passing and two rushing touchdowns.

On the season, he has completed 71.4 percent of his throws for 3,381 yards and 35 touchdowns while adding 138 rushing yards and six scores.

1. Lamar Jackson, quarterback, Louisville

Even though the Cardinals have lost their last two games, Jackson is still putting up huge numbers. In a 41-38 loss to Kentucky, he completed 16 of 25 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns. He added 171 yards rushing and two more scores.

On the season, he has completed 57.6 percent of his passes for 3,390 yards and 30 touchdowns to go along with 1,538 yards and 21 scores on the ground.

Local leaders

5. Anthony Williams, linebacker, Utah State

Williams had a huge night as the Aggies fell to BYU 28-10. In the loss, he recorded 12 total tackles, including 11 solo tackles and a sack.

4. Chase Hansen, safety, Utah

Hansen was a tackling machine on the 27-22 loss to Colorado. He totaled 13 tackles, including one for loss and a pass breakup.

3. Logan Taele, defensive line, BYU

Taele had a fantastic performance for the Cougars in the 28-10 win over Utah State. He finished with four tackles, a sack and two pass breakups.

2. Hunter Dimick, defensive line, Utah

Dimick made his presence felt on the Utah defensive line against Colorado with three tackles, including one for loss, three pass breakups and a quarterback hurry.

1. Jamaal Williams, running back, BYU

Williams had his fifth 100+ rushing-yard game of the season as the Cougars knocked off the Aggies. He finished with 18 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown.

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for Contact him at