ACC Heisman Five: Update Through Week 3

Pictured: Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy (2) throws a pass at Alumni Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

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Now that nearly a quarter of the 2014 season has passed, Heisman contenders are simultaneously jockeying for position and falling by the wayside. The ACC features a handful of marquee matchups in Week 4, both in and out of conference, that’ll provide opportunities to grab the attention of voters from Lincoln, Neb. to Tallahassee, Fla.

No Longer Ranked: Louisville QB Will Gardner

5. QB Tyler Murphy , Boston College
Welcome to the discussion, Tyler. Murphy delivered a memorable performance last Saturday night, spearheading an upset of No. 9 USC that emptied the stands and brought down the Alumni Stadium goalposts. The Florida transfer showcased his senior leadership — and his jets in the open field — rushing for 191 yards and a game-sealing touchdown on only 13 carries.
Trending … Up
Next Up : Maine

4. QB Anthony Boone , Duke
Just win, Boone-y. Coaches and quarterbacks are judged by their records. Boone has yet to lose a regular season game, sweeping his 12 starts with the Blue Devils. He’s got the requisite numbers, too, accounting for nine touchdowns without a turnover. If Duke contends for back-to-back Coastal Division crowns, Boone is going to reap some of the individual honors at season’s end.
Trending … Steady
Next Up : Tulane

3. RB Duke Johnson , Miami
Johnson’s talent is indisputable. His 2014 numbers, though, have yet to match his enormous ability. The junior’s production has been more steady than spectacular, rushing for between 90 and 97 yards in all three games. However, Johnson gets a primetime audience Saturday night to outplay Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah and ignite his Heisman campaign.
Trending … Steady
Next Up : Nebraska

2. RB James Conner , Pittsburgh
Another Panther win. And another monster performance from Conner, as if the two are mutually exclusive. No one has held the sophomore under 150 yards rushing, despite everyone knowing he’s the offensive focal point. It’ll be strength against strength this Saturday at Heinz Field, with the nation’s second-leading rusher banging heads with Iowa’s top 10 run defense.
Trending … Up
Next Up : Iowa

1. QB Jameis Winston , Florida State
As if joining Archie Griffin as the only two-time Heisman winners wasn’t daunting enough already, Winston has been suspended for the first-half of this week’s critical Clemson game. Missing any time is a setback, but especially a matchup of this magnitude. Winston must let his game do the talking in the third and fourth quarters, and then commit to only making headlines for his play.
Trending … Down
Next Up : Clemson