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Brutally Honest Heisman Breakdown - Week 2
Georgia Tech RB Tashard Choice
There's no need for the deep sleepers or the top defensive players here. When it comes to the Heisman chase, it's mostly up to quarterbacks and running backs from the top teams, and the statistical monsters. Welcome to week two of the Brutally Honest Heisman Breakdown.
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Let's cut through the garbage, the
pomp, the circumstance, the PR BS, and the hype surrounding the greatest
individual award in all of sports. The Heisman Trophy goes to the most
celebrated quarterback or running back from a top BCS team or a top 25
non-BCS program, and while others will be acknowledged here if they have
any prayer of potentially finishing in the top five, it'll take
something extraordinary to get on this list. Let's not pretend the hot
Sun Belt back or the dual threat MAC quarterback has an honest chance.
This isn't a ranking of the best players or top NFL prospects. This is
an attempt to put the finger on the pulse of the Heisman chase. So
without further ado, here are the current favorites AT THE MOMENT (and
this will changed week after week with players moving in and out of
No Current Chance To Win It, But Deserves To Be In
RB Tashard Choice, Sr. Georgia Tech
Last Week: 11 carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns, and one
catch for 17 yards, in the 69-14 win over Samford
His campaign depends on how Georgia Tech does in the high profile
games. The name recognition still isn't there despite a big game against
Notre Dame, but with Boston College, Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech and
Georgia still to deal with, he'll get his chances to shine.
QB Chase Daniel, Jr. Missouri
Last Week: 31 of 42 for 330 yards and five touchdowns, and 11
carries for 55 yards, in the 38-25 win over Ole Miss.
Any long shot of getting to New York rests on Missouri's
performances against Nebraska and Oklahoma in back to back weeks. Until
then, Daniel will pile up the numbers against Western Michigan and
QB Dennis Dixon, Sr. Oregon
Last Week: 16 of 25 for 292 yards and three touchdowns, and 16
carries for 76 yards and two touchdowns, in the 39-7 win over Michigan.
At the moment, the Duck QB is in the mix after two impressive
performances with highlight reel plays. He's taken to the tweaks in the
offense and appears to have total command of the attack. Of course, any
dreams of becoming a Heisman finalist rests on his performances against
Cal and USC.
QB Graham Harrell, Jr. Texas Tech
Last Week: 48 of 64 for 484 yards and four touchdowns with one
interception in the 45-31 win over UTEP.
Who leads the nation in passing? It's not Colt Brennan. It's
Harrell, who has ripped apart SMU and UTEP for 903 yards and eight
touchdowns. Texas Tech quarterbacks never seem to enter the Heisman
discussion, but soon, voters are going to have to start looking at the
stats and giving him the same love they're giving Brennan.
RB Mike Hart, Sr. Michigan
Last Week: 25 carries for 127 yards in the 39-7 loss to Oregon
Don't blame Hart for the collapse. All he has done is crank out 315
yards and three touchdowns in two games as the nation's fifth leading
rusher. If the Wolverines turn around their season, it'll be on his
legs. Here's the scenario: Michigan beats Notre Dame, pulls off the
upset against Penn State, and then rolls over Northwestern and Eastern
Michigan to be 4-2 thanks to Hart, who becomes a most valuable player
type of Heisman candidate. At least Michigan fans can dream.
QB Matt Ryan, Sr. Boston College
Last Week: 15 of 34 for 142 yards and a touchdown with an
interception in the 37-17 win over NC State
Generating more of a buzz as a pro prospect than a Heisman
candidate, he's still acknowledged by most as one of the ACC's top
players, if not number one, and as the leader of a great BC team. He
won't have the big numbers with the offense becoming more balanced.
QB Andre Woodson, Sr. Kentucky
Last Week: 15 of 22 for 218 yards and two touchdowns, and a short
rushing touchdown, in the 56-20 win over Kent State.
The numbers aren't quite there yet, but he wasn't needed against Eastern
Kentucky and Kent State. Now's the spotlight game with the showdown
against Louisville coming up this week. If he blows up, and if UK wins,
his Heisman season will get a jump-start.
On The Radar, But The World Is Looking For
QB Sam Bradford, RFr. Oklahoma
Last Week: 19 of 25 for 205 yards and five touchdowns in the
51-13 win over Miami
If the season ended at this immediate moment, you'd have a hard argument
against giving Bradford the Heisman. Yeah, there's a better chance of
Bob Stoops inviting the media over to his house for tea and scrumpets
than a redshirt freshman actually winning the big prize, but he leads
the nation in passing efficiency after completing 40 of 48 passes (83%)
in two games.
RB P.J. Hill, Jr. Wisconsin
Last Week: 30 carries for 147 yards in the 20-13 win over UNLV
Hill is sort of hanging here by a thread with just 231 yards and two
touchdowns, averaging 4.5 yards per carry, in his first two games. The
numbers don't tell the full story. He saved the Badgers against UNLV by
pounding and pounding and pounding some more. To really get in the race,
he'll have to come up with some big games to get the stats up, and
Wisconsin can't lose.
WR/PR DeSean Jackson, Jr. California
Last Week: Five catches for 39 yards, two punt returns for 24
yards, and two carries for 78 yards and a touchdown in the 34-28 win
over Colorado State
He doesn't touch the ball enough to have any reasonable shot at the
Heisman, but if he keeps making one big highlight reel score per game,
he'll be tough to keep out of New York.
RB Marlon Lucky, Jr. Nebraska
Last Week: 24 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown, and four
catches for 34 yards, in the 20-17 win over Wake Forest
Currently fifth in the nation in rushing, any shot of getting into
the Heisman hunt relies on a transcendent performance against USC this
week. 100 yards and a Husker win should be enough.
QB Colt McCoy, Soph. Texas
Last Week: 25 of 38 for 239 yards and a touchdown, and five
carries for 34 yards, in the 34-13 win over TCU
Here mostly because he's the starting quarterback for Texas than
anything else, his numbers aren't going to be eye-popping, so he'll be
in the race as a "game manager." Any chance of being a finalist relies
on beating Oklahoma in a few weeks.
QB Tim Tebow, Soph. Florida
Last Week: 18 of 25 for 236 yards and three touchdowns, and 17
carries for 93 yards and two touchdowns, in the 59-31 win over Troy
Second in the nation in passing efficiency and ninth in total offense,
he's lived up to the hype so far. Of course, he's only had to deal with
Western Kentucky and Troy, and now the big test comes against Tennessee.
The True Favorites
QB John David Booty, Sr. USC
Last Game: 21 of 32 for 206 yards and three touchdowns with an
interception in the 38-10 win over Idaho two weeks ago
Here we go. The nation will be checking out Booty against Nebraska this
week in the real start of USC's season. Booty is a finalist as long as
USC goes unbeaten, and he'll win it if he's sensational against the big
boys in the national spotlight games.
QB Brian Brohm, Sr. Louisville
Last Week: 25 of 39 for 401 yards and five touchdowns, and
six carries for 25 yards, in the 58-42 win over Middle Tennessee
You don't think the Kansas City Chiefs would love to find a loophole
to sign Brohm right now? With 776 yards, nine touchdowns passes and no
interceptions, he's been flawless so far. Of course, that came against
Murray State and Middle Tennessee State. Now he really gets to shine
RB Darren McFadden, Jr. Arkansas
Last Game: 24 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown, along with
two catches for 30 yards and one pass for a 42-yard touchdown in the
46-26 win over Troy two weeks ago
Now is when McFadden has to make his statement in the Heisman hunt
with a trip to Alabama this week. If he puts up good numbers in a win,
then the stats could blow up with Kentucky, North Texas, and Chattanooga
RB Ray Rice, Jr. Rutgers
Last Week: 37 carries for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the
41-24 win over Navy
A model of consistency, Rice has rushed for 100 yards or more in 14
of his last 17 games with 25 touchdowns in his last 15 outings. The
Scarlet Knight offense might be more balanced, but he's still the one
who makes things go. If Rutgers keeps on winning, his being near New
York should play a major factor in the publicity department.
RB Steve Slaton, Jr. West Virginia
Last Week: 24 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns in the
48-23 win over Marshall
Does anyone turn on the jets in space like Slaton? He can be stuffed
on two plays, and then rip off a home run on the third. It's gotten to
the point where his 100-yard, multi-touchdown games have become
QB Pat White, Jr. West Virginia
Last Week: 13 of 18 for 149 yards and two touchdowns, and 17
carries for 125 yards and a touchdown, in the 48-23 win over Marshall.
He'll continue to split the Heisman attention with Steve Slaton, but
at the moment, he's the best player in the Big East. If he keeps
completing 64% of his passes with no interceptions, and averaging 111
rushing yards per game, he could quickly vault himself into front-runner
And The Current Leader In The Clubhouse Is ...
QB Colt Brennan, Sr. Hawaii
Last Week: 43 of 61 for 548 yards and four touchdowns with an
interception, and a short rushing touchdown, in the 45-44 overtime win
over Louisiana Tech
It's a perfect storm of factors happening in Brennan's favor. The
schedule isn't bad, so he's ripping apart defenses, his defense is
awful, so he has to keep bombing away, and no one else is stepping up in
the Heisman race so far. As long as he keeps putting up the astronomical
numbers, and as long as Hawaii stays unbeaten, he's the one to beat.