Greg McElroy’s Week 5 Heisman Trophy Watch: Dak Prescott a new name to watch

SiriusXM College Sports Nation college football analyst Greg McElroy led the Alabama Crimson Tide to the 2010 BCS National Championship. He now hosts The First Team, weekdays from 7-10 am ET on SiriusXM College Sports Nation. Following the fifth week of action, McElroy ranked his top five players to watch for the Heisman Trophy:

5.  Amari Cooper, Alabama wide receiver – the Crimson Tide had a week off, much needed before they take on No. 11 Ole Miss in Week 6.

He is a game changer. It’s rare for the award to go to a wide receiver but his production, the way he’s adjusted to Lane Kiffin’s style and the way he gets separation, he is without question the best receiver in the game right now.

4. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska running back – the senior rushed for three touchdowns in the 45-14 win over Illinois in Week 5.

He’s the heart and soul of Nebraska. He’s so versatile, he’s so explosive. His production and the way he’s been able to produce every single week makes it difficult to not put him in this top-five.

3. Todd Gurley, Georgia running back – the Bulldogs defeated Tennessee 35-32 in Week 5 with Gurley running for two touchdowns.

He has a great supporting cast and he’s one the most physical runners in college football. He’s able to do a lot of things not only in the offensive game plan but with special teams and the way he protects.

2. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State quarterback – the Bulldogs had a bye week following their win over LSU in Week 4 and will now prep to take on Texas A&M in Week 6.

It’s a bit of a shocker but because of what type of a guy he is, what type of a leader he is, he has his team in control of their own destiny in the difficult SEC West. Not only can he beat you running the football, he can beat you in the air.

1.  Marcus Mariota, Oregon quarterback – Mariota and the Ducks had Week 5 off but they’ll prep for a short week and a Thursday night match up with Arizona in Week 6.

Not only is he going to be a terrific pro, but he’s a terrific talent at the collegiate level. He can run it, throw it and he can lead. If I could pick a quarterback in college to start a team with, he would be it.

Catch Greg McElroy and the rest of the SiriusXM College Sports Nation analysts on SiriusXM 91 and the SiriusXM App.

Powered by VIP