Two of the Big Ten’s best players continue to look like strong Heisman contenders.
Both Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers and Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett had huge games on Saturday, with Peppers starring against Colorado and Barrett making Oklahoma’s defense look lost for most of the night.
Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman certainly notices, as he has Peppers No. 4 and Barrett No. 3 in his Heisman list. The Big Ten duo trail Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson.
Still, Pepper and Barrett each had highlight moments in their games.
Peppers will need to leave his mark on offense/special teams while also posting his usual impressive defensive stats if he wants to remain a force in the race. If he keeps doing what he did on Saturday (9 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 24 rushing yards and a punt return TD), he’ll probably be at the Heisman ceremony.
— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) September 18, 2016
And what about Barrett? Just four touchdown passes and 74 rushing yards in a primetime win at Oklahoma. Quarterbacks always have an edge in the Heisman race, particularly when the quarterback’s team is undefeated. As long as that’s the case, Barrett has a fantastic shot to finish in at least the Top 5.
In other words, both Peppers and Barrett look like they’ll be strong contenders all season long, with Barrett’s weapons helping the quarterback along the way.
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) September 18, 2016