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2007 Spring Questions - The Heisman Race
Who are the top Heisman candidates, who'll be in the hunt at some point this year, and who'll put up the big numbers but won't get in?
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2007 Spring Questions
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teams) and No. 4 (breakthrough players)
call on the Heisman finalists before spring ball
John David Booty, QB USC
The marquee player on the best team in America. While defense will be
the reason USC rocks, and the receiving corps won't be good as last
year, Booty might get the honor by default.
He'll win it if ... He's ultra-efficient, plays big in the high
profile games (especially early at Nebraska), and leads USC into the
national title game.
Chad Henne, QB Michigan
Henne will put up efficient numbers on one of the nation's top
offenses. While he won't be near the top of the NCAA passing charts
because of Mike Hart and the offensive balance, he'll put up more than
his share of big plays.
He'll win it if ... He's seen as the leader who makes the machine
go. Coming through big in wins over Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Ohio State
and leads Michigan to the national title game will be a must.
Colt McCoy, QB Texas
Before getting hurt against Kansas State, McCoy was starting to be
seen as the thinking-man's candidate to go to New York as a finalist. He
has all his receiving weapons back and should put up even better numbers
than last year.
He'll win it if ... He goes lights-out against Oklahoma and has
Texas in the national title hunt. Unlike seniors Booty and Henne, McCoy
has to have special numbers to win since many voters will hose him over
on the underclassman factor.
Steve Slaton, RB West Virginia
Even though Darren McFadden and Mike Hart will get the early nod for
Heisman consideration, Slaton will be the nation's best back if he can
stay healthy for a full season.
He'll win it if ... He rips off monster games when the world is
watching against Louisville and Rutgers. Flirting with 2,000 yards would
be nice, but being at the head of the highlight reels would be even
Colt Brennan, QB Hawaii
The flat-out numbers are going to be mind-boggling. All the top
receivers return, and unlike last year, the world will be watching and
scrutinizing every game and every stat.
He'll win it if ... The numbers are even better. No sweat, all he
has to do is improve on the greatest passing season in the history of
college football. Unfortunately, if he doesn't improve, everyone will
downgrade him because his 2006 campaign will have been better.
Five who'll be mentioned in the race at some point this year
Brian Brohm, QB Louisville
He won't win it because ... The numbers aren't going to be
there in the balanced Steve Kragthorpe attack. He might get close if
Louisville is in the national title hunt, but he'll have to settle for
being the top pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Mike Hart, RB Michigan
He won't win it because ... Heisman winners don't seem to
care about steady, 100-yard performances choosing the backs who put up
the mega-days with flash and dash. The passing game will keep Hart from
putting up the stats to get to New York.
Darren McFadden, RB Arkansas
He won't win it because ... Two words: marked man. There's no
questioning his talent or NFL potential, but he likely won't be in the
spotlight quite as much if Arkansas, as expected, isn't the SEC West
star it was last year.
P.J. Hill, RB Wisconsin
He won't win it because ... No pizzazz. He'll have to be the
nation's rushing leader and Wisconsin must be in the thick of the
national title race to get any Heisman consideration. Most voters will
assume 2008 will be the year for the Badger thunderback.
Pat White, QB West Virginia
He won't win it because ... Steve Slaton. White might be the
Big East's most valuable player when all is said and done, but Heisman
types seem to like No. 10 far more.
Five who'll put up ridiculous numbers but won't get a sniff
Damion Fletcher, RB Southern Miss
If he gets any help from the passing game to take the heat off, and
if the offensive line produces, he'll be among the nation's rushing
Chase Holbrook, QB New Mexico State
Colt Brennan will get the Heisman hype, but Holbrook will be in the
thick of the race to be atop the nation's passing leaders.
Brian Johnson, QB Utah
The knee is healthy, the offense is in place, and Johnson should be
Alex Smith part two.
Ian Johnson, RB Boise State
Mr. Automatic around the goal line will see his numbers slip a bit
with too many new starters around him, but he'll have a few jaw-dropping
Curtis Painter, QB Purdue
With the receiving corps he has to work with, he'll be the Big Ten's
passing leader by a long shot and should finish among the nation's top