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Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers pumps up fans before a game at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 7, 2015, in Clemson, South Carolina.

Heisman Trophy watch 2016

Newsday’s Greg Logan picks his preseason top 10 Heisman Trophy candidates for 2016.

1. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson, Jr.

Watson was the first player in FBS history
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Watson was the first player in FBS history to pass for more than 4,000 yards (4,104, 35 touchdowns 13 interceptions) and rush for more than 1,000 yards (1,105, 12 TDs) in a single season.

2. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford, Jr.

McCaffrey set the NCAA all-purpose yardage record (2,019
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McCaffrey set the NCAA all-purpose yardage record (2,019 rushing, 645 receiving, 1,200 kick returns). He totaled 461 yards in the Pac-12 title game and a record 368 in the Rose Bowl.

3. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU, Jr.

Fournette rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 TDs
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Fournette rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 TDs as a freshman and added 253 receiving yards. The workhorse suffered a potentially damaging ankle injury during preseason.

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4. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia, Jr.

Chubb rushed for 747 yards and seven touchdowns
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Chubb rushed for 747 yards and seven touchdowns before suffering season-ending injury in sixth game. He averaged 8.1 yards per carry prior to the injury. Chubb ran for 1,547 yards as a freshman.

5. Greg Ward Jr., QB, Houston, Sr.

Ward passed for 2,828 yards and 17 TDS,
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Ward passed for 2,828 yards and 17 TDS, rushed for 1,108 yards and 21 TDs in a 13-1 season, including Peach Bowl win over Florida Sate.

6. Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss, Sr.

Kelly, a top SEC quarterback, passed for 4,042
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Kelly, a top SEC quarterback, passed for 4,042 yards and 31 TDs, rushed for 500 yards and 10 TDs and helped give Alabama its only loss.

7. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma, Sr.

Fourth in Heisman voting last season, Mayfield passed
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Fourth in Heisman voting last season, Mayfield passed for 3,700 yards and 36 TDs and rushed for 405 yards and 7 TDs.

8. J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State, Jr.

Barrett split time at QB with Cardale Jones
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Barrett split time at QB with Cardale Jones last season but regained the starting role in the second half of season, passing for 11 TDs and rushing for 11 TDs.

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9. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State, Jr.

Cook rushed for 1,691 yards, 19 TDs, and
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Cook rushed for 1,691 yards, 19 TDs, and he averaged 7.4 yards per carry. He had eight 100-yard games, including two over 200 yards.

10. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA, Soph.

Rosen had an outstanding freshman debut as the
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Rosen had an outstanding freshman debut as the Bruins' starter with 3,668 yards passing and 23 TDs, throwing a school-record 245 passes without interception at one point.

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