Big Ten Football Heisman Contenders: Week 4 edition

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Sep 12, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers running back Jordan Howard (8) jumps to avoid tackle by Florida International Golden Panthers linebacker Treyvon Williams (52) during the second quarter of the game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

You may be saying, “Jordan Howard plays for Indiana, so he’s already eliminated from Heisman contention,” and you’d be half correct.

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A lot can be said about a player’s team basically canceling out any hope he would have for a potential Heisman run. However, Jordan Howard’s Hoosiers have yet to lose a game and he’s the leading rusher in the Big Ten — by a wide margin.

Through three weeks, Howard has put up an impressive 507 yards and three touchdowns on 6.5 yards per carry. The UAB-transfer probably didn’t expect to see this much success early on, but he’s currently on pace to break 2,000 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season.

In week one, his 145-yard, three-touchdown performance was an eye-opener. Then he racked up 159 yards in week two which really had people wondering if he could keep it up. Week three has come and passed and the junior Alabama-native finished with 203 yards on 31 carries as well as three receptions for 38 yards.

We could really be seeing the best running back in the Big Ten right here, but it’s just unfortunate that he plays on a team which will ultimately end up with less than seven wins this year — most likely.

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