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5 Heisman Trophy candidates after Week 11

Which college football player will win the sport's most prestigious award, the Heisman Trophy?

Top 5 / Top 10 17 Nov 2017, 11:41 IST

Penn State v Ohio State
Saquon Barkley

Just three weeks remain before College Football Bowl season for the top players in the country to make an impression on the Heisman Trophy voters. While the favourite to win the award appears to be beginning to run away with it, there are still plenty of players battling for positions as finalists. Who is in a good spot after Week 11?

#5 Saquon Barkley, running back

Until Penn State lost their first two games of the season, Saquon Barkley looked like the runaway favourite to win the Heisman Trophy. Now, however, he is just fighting to be a finalist, which he should still definitely be even though Penn State's recent misfortunes have directly resulted in three consecutive games of less than 100 scrimmage yards for him.

Through 10 games so far this season, Barkley has totalled 1,423 scrimmage yards, 14 scrimmage touchdowns, 1,846 all-purpose yards and 16 all-purpose touchdowns. So, while Barkley, who is arguably the nation's most explosive running back, has just 899 rushing yards and a yards per carry average of 5.4, it's what he does to opponents in other ways that make him so lethal and, yes, still a Heisman Trophy contender.

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