Washington quarterback Jake Browning, the Bowl Subdivision leader in passing efficiency, made the most significant move in this week’s USA TODAY Network Heisman Trophy survey, jumping into third place.
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson continues to dominate the survey of writers and editors with Heisman votes who work for properties owned by Gannett, parent company of USA TODAY. He took 28 of 31 first-place votes. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson received the other three and is in second place.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett fell from second to fourth.
Browning has a passer rating of 204.9 with 1,418 yards, 23 touchdowns and two interceptions. Those TDs passes also lead the nation. He is third in points responsible for with 156. Jackson leads with 168.
Browning is a 6-2, 209-pound sophomore from Folsom, Calif., who started 12 games last season as a true freshman. In his senior year of high school, he was named to the American Family Insurance USA TODAY Sports All-USA first team.
Moving into fifth after a 78-0 victory against Rutgers is Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers. He had three carries for 74 yards and two touchdowns, made two tackles and had a quarterback hurry and returned two punts but for just three total yards. Afterward, coach Jim Harbaugh compared him to Jim Thorpe.
“Maybe that’s a good comparison!” Harbaugh said. “It just came to mind!”
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, runner-up in last year’s final Heisman voting, dropped out of the list on the same day the Cardinal (3-2) dropped out of the Amway Coaches Poll.
Contributing: Nicole Auerbach