Ranking the 5 best Big 12 Heisman contenders along with Sam Ehlinger

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Quarterback. Sophomore. player. Brock Purdy. 5. 837. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis

A three-loss record for head coach Matt Campbell and the Iowa State Cyclones this season pretty much all but eliminates their rising star sophomore quarterback from true Heisman contention. Falling short the way they did against the in-state rival Iowa Hawkeyes was fine, but losing to the Baylor Bears and Oklahoma State Cowboys dashed any Heisman chances for any of their players and a dark horse shot at the College Football Playoff.

The worst outing of the season thus far for Iowa State, and specifically sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy, came against Oklahoma State a little more than one week ago. Purdy tossed three picks in the fourth quarter alone and Iowa State fell short by the final score of 34-27.

If there were to be any fifth Heisman contender out of the Big 12, though, it would likely have to be Purdy. He’s having a pretty solid sophomore campaign and Iowa State is still alive in the race to land a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game. That could help him build momentum toward a Heisman 2020 next year.

Iowa State tends to not have the most beneficial offensive system for a quarterback to post huge numbers. But Purdy is still sitting with a solid 21 total touchdowns to seven picks. He’s also got more than 2,500 passing yards while completing just over 68 percent of his attempts. That’s just not Heisman caliber numbers, though.