West­brook catch­ing up to Heis­man con­tenders

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Ralph D. Russo

Wide re­ceivers have rarely won the Heis­man Tro­phy. Des­mond Howard of Michi­gan was the last in 1991. Tim Brown of Notre Dame did it in 1987. And that is the com­plete list.

Wide re­ceivers have rarely won the Heis­man Tro­phy.

Des­mond Howard of Michi­gan was the last in 1991. Tim Brown of Notre Dame did it in 1987. And that is the com­plete list.

A re­ceiver will not be win­ning the Heis­man Tro­phy this sea­son ei­ther. Louisville quar­ter­back La­mar Jackson has all but wrapped up the award, but Ok­la­homa’s Dede West­brook is start­ing to get some at­ten­tion.

West­brook be­gan the sea­son slowly, with 17 catches for 154 yards in the first three games. Since then he has been all but un­stop­pable. He had six straight 100-yard games be­fore last week against Bay­lor when he had four catches for 88 yards and two touch­downs in a rout of the Bears.

Alabama’s Amari Cooper was the last re­ceiver to be a Heis­man fi­nal­ist back in 2014. He fin­ished third in the vot­ing. The last re­ceiver to do bet­ter than that was Pitt’s Larry Fitzger­ald, who fin­ished sec­ond to Ok­la­homa’s Ja­son White in 2003.

The AP’s Heis­man panel is still locked in on La­mar Jackson at the top of the charts, but more play­ers are get­ting at­ten­tion down-bal­lot:

La­mar Jackson, QB, Louisville (21 points)

Num­bers to know: Jackson is sixth in the na­tion in rush­ing (133.4 yards per game), leads in touch­downs with 19 and is av­er­ag­ing 7.25 yards per carry. If he never threw a pass, he would be a Heis­man con­tender. Next: at Hous­ton, Thurs­day night. The Cougars have the best de­fense in the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence at 4.64 yards al­lowed per play.

De­shaun Watson, QB, Clem­son (10 points)

Num­bers to know: Watson ran for 1,105 yards last sea­son. This sea­son he’s at 378.

Next: at Wake For­est. The De­mon Dea­cons gave Jackson and the Car­di­nals trou­ble for three quar­ters last week.

Don­nel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State (3 points)

Num­bers to know: Pumphrey is 221 yards away from be­com­ing the 27th player in FBS his­tory to run for 2,000 yards in a sea­son. He is also No. 4 on the ca­reer rush­ing list with 6,051 yards.

Next: at Wy­oming. The Cow­boys are sixth in the Moun­tain West in run de­fense at 4.43 yards per carry al­lowed.

Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama (2 points)

Num­bers to know: Allen is sec­ond on the team with 7.5 sacks and leads with 13 quar­ter­back hur­ries.

Next: Chat­tanooga. Allen prob­a­bly won’t play much this week.

D’Onta Fore­man, RB, Texas (2 points)

Num­bers to know: Fore­man tied a Texas record with his 11th straight 100yard rush­ing game last week, match­ing 1977 Heis­man win­ner Earl Camp­bell. Next: at Kansas. The Jay­hawks al­low 5.27 yards per carry, sec­ond­worst in the Big 12.

Dede West­brook, WR, Ok­la­homa (2 points)

Num­bers to know: West­brook is tied for sec­ond in the coun­try in yards re­ceiv­ing per game at 125.4 and in touch­down catches with 14.

Next: at No. 10 West Vir­ginia.

The Moun­taineers have al­lowed the fewest yards per pass at­tempt (6.5) in the Big 12.

Baker May­field, QB, Ok­la­homa (1 point)

Num­bers to know: May­field is lead­ing the na­tion in passer ef­fi­ciency rat­ing (195.7) and yards per pass (10.9).

Next: at No. 10 West Vir­ginia.

The Moun­taineers are eighth in the Big 12 in sacks with 17.

Jake Brown­ing, QB, Wash­ing­ton (1 point)

Num­bers to know: Brown­ing is com­ing off by far his worst game of the sea­son at USC.

He com­pleted 47 per­cent of his passes and was picked off mul­ti­ple times in a game for the first time. Next: Ari­zona State. The Sun Devils are last in the Pac-12 in pretty much ev­ery pass de­fense sta­tis­ti­cal cat­e­gory.


Ok­la­homa wide re­ceiver Dede West­brook (11) dives for a catch ahead of Bay­lor cor­ner­back Ryan Reid.

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