A look at the Heisman Trophy ballot Daily Camera reporter Brian Howell submitted this year:
1. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford — The sophomore running back was the most dynamic player I saw all season. McCaffrey averaged 268.9 all-purpose yards per game, joining Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State (295.5 average in 1988) as the only players in FBS history to average at least 250 yards per game. About the only knock on McCaffrey is that he scored just 12 touchdowns (four in one game). However, there were seven times this year when McCaffrey was tackled at the 1-yard line and twice where he was tackled at the 2; each time Stanford let Remound Wright finished the drive with a touchdown.
2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson — He's the best player on the No. 1 team in the country. A brilliant sophomore quarterback, he completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 3,512 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also rushed for 887 yards and 10 touchdowns. Watson has as many 100-yard rushing games (four) as he did 300-yard passing games.
3. Derrick Henry, Alabama — I actually think Florida State's Dalvin Cook is a better running back, and I considered him for this spot. However, Henry got the nod because he essentially carried the offense for the No. 2 team in the country. The big (6-foot-3, 242 pounds) junior set a single-season SEC record with 1,986 rushing yards and he scored 23 touchdowns. In the last two games, he ran 90 times for 460 yards.