Brutally Honest Heisman Breakdown - Week 3
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
QB Chase Daniel, Jr. Missouri
Last Week: 27 of 46 for 328 yards and two touchdowns with two
interceptions, and five carries for 60 yards and a score in the 52-24
win over Western Michigan.
The numbers keep piling up. Seventh in total offense and seventh in
passing, his numbers will be strong all year long. However, is Mizzou
loses to Nebraska in a few weeks, it's all over.
QB Dennis Dixon, Sr. Oregon
Last Week: 14 of 20 for 139 yards and two touchdowns, and eight
carries for 59 yards and score, in the 52-21 win over Fresno State.
He wasn't needed much against Fresno State, so he made sure he didn't
make any mistakes and swing the momentum. No one outside of Gainesville
is running the spread any better right now.
QB Graham Harrell, Jr. Texas Tech
Last Week: 28 of 37 for 414 yards and six touchdowns in the 59-24
win over Rice
Think of Colt Brennan without the national love. Harrell, helped by a
huge start to the year from WR Michael Crabtree, is putting up gaudy
stats. Don't be shocked if he gives the Hawaii star a run for his money,
at least statistically.
RB Mike Hart, Sr. Michigan
Last Week: 35 carries for 187 yards and two touchdowns, and two
catches for 14 yards, in the 38-0 win over Notre Dame
Here's the scenario for Hart. Michigan wins out and gets back to the
Rose Bowl thanks to Hart, who took all the heat off Ryan Mallett. A
leader makes things happen, and Hart took the pressure on himself
guaranteeing a win over Notre Dame. Now it's Penn State and a chance to
move up into the contenders.
WR/PR DeSean Jackson, Jr. California
Last Week: Five catches for 28 yards, one carry for six
yards, and three punt returns for -6 yards in the 42-12 win over
For now, it's all over. Jackson has the name recognition and the overall
respect, but his numbers just don't warrant Heisman consideration. He
needs another blowup game soon.
On The Radar, But The World Is Looking For
QB Sam Bradford, RFr. Oklahoma
Last Week: 19 of 26 for 255 yards and three touchdowns with an
interception in the 54-3 win over Utah State
He's a bum ... he threw an interception. Bradford continues to be
unbelievable, but he's getting a world of time to work, and his one
interception came when he was hit. He's a redshirt freshman, so forget
about winning. That doesn't mean he can't be a finalist.
QB Brian Brohm, Sr. Louisville
Last Week: 28 of 43 for 366 yards and two touchdowns with an
interception in the 40-34 loss to Kentucky
Unless he starts destroying Big East teams, and as long as
Louisville keeps winning, Brohm won't be more than just a future top ten
pick. The loss to Kentucky likely seals any hope of winning the Heisman,
but he can still finish as a runner up.
RB P.J. Hill, Jr. Wisconsin
Last Week: 25 carries for 168 yards and four touchdowns, and two
catches for 20 yards and a score in the 45-31 win over Citadel
Where would Wisconsin be without him. He's been the steadying force
over a rocky few games, and against the Citadel, he was unstoppable on
the goal line. Eventually this season, he'll have to prove he can
produce against someone with a pulse.
QB Colt McCoy, Soph. Texas
Last Week: 32 of 47 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown with an
interception, and ran ten carries for 40 yards in the 35-32 win over UCF
McCoy is getting a little help from the running game, and Texas is
still winning, but his receivers aren't providing much help, and beating
UCF by three isn't going to get anyone to rush out and order a plane
ticket to New York. Only a win over Oklahoma can do that.
QB Matt Ryan, Sr. Boston College
Last Week: 30 of 44 for 435 yards and one touchdown in the 24-10
win over Georgia Tech
He's on the radar now after the brilliant performance against
Georgia Tech, but to become more than a Tom Brady lookalike, he'll need
to quietly build up his stats as BC goes 6-0 (Army, UMass and Bowling
Green are up next), and then he'll have to take his turn beating on
Notre Dame, and then will have to beat Virginia Tech.
QB Andre Woodson, Sr. Kentucky
Last Week: 30 of 44 for 275 yards and four touchdowns in the
40-34 win over Louisville
The win over Louisville was a big start for Woodson's campaign, but no
one saw it on ESPN Classic. To get into the chase, he has to light up
SEC stars like a Christmas tree. Kentucky doesn't have to win the East,
but his numbers have to be terrific against the top teams.
The True Favorites
QB John David Booty, Sr. USC
Last Game: 19 of 30 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns with
an interception in the 49-31 win over Nebraska
It was the running game and defense, not Booty, that got USC the win
over Nebraska. At this point, figure Booty ends up in the top five by
default as the quarterback of the nation's number one team, but his
stats won't remotely compare to the top contenders.
RB Darren McFadden, Jr. Arkansas
Last Game: 33 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns, and three
catches for 16 yards in the 41-38 loss to Alabama
If the Heisman went to the Most Outstanding Player, helped by the
amazing, electrifying performance against Alabama, McFadden would
probably be the number two man in the hunt. But the honor almost always
requires a winning team, and if the Hogs fall out of the West race,
McFadden might have to settle for being a future multi-millionaire
RB Ray Rice, Jr. Rutgers
Last Week: 12 carries for 72 yards and three touchdowns in the
59-0 win over Norfolk State
Rice wasn't needed much in the blowout over Norfolk State, but he
scored three times anyway. The current problem is perception. Some out
there think Rutgers ran it up on Navy by getting Rice a late score.
That's not a public relations plus.
RB Steve Slaton, Jr. West Virginia
Last Week: 26 carries for 137 yards and three touchdowns, and one
catch for ten yards in the 31-14 win over Maryland
From the explosion in the open field to the easy way he glides into
the end zone on short yardage plays, he's the total running back package
having a Heisman caliber season. He'll need a few high profile games to
be considered an honest contender, and to rise above backs like Ray Rice
and Darren McFadden.
QB Tim Tebow, Soph. Florida
Last Week: 14 of 19 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns with
an interception, and 18 carries for 61 yards and two scores
Second in the nation in passing efficiency, now he has the signature win
as the starter to jump-start his campaign. While only a sophomore, if
Florida keeps on winning, he'll be in the thick of the race for the same
reasons John David Booty is. If Tebow lights up LSU on October 6th, then
QB Pat White, Jr. West Virginia
Last Week: 8 of 13 passes for 95 yards, and 11 carries for 22
yards and a touchdown in the 31-14 win over Maryland.
He didn't need to do too much in the win over Maryland, and now he
has a bigger problem in the Heisman race: Noel Devine. There are
whispers about the freshman being the next Reggie Bush or DeSean
Jackson, and that'll take even more attention away from White.
And The Current Leader In The Clubhouse Is ...
QB Colt Brennan, Sr. Hawaii
Last Week: 26 of 32 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns, and
nine carries for 19 yards and three touchdowns in the 49-14 win over
As long as Hawaii keeps winning, and as long as Brennan keeps
completing 77% of his passes and putting up huge numbers, he'll be the
one everyone is gunning for. However, one slip-up game in a loss, and
he's gunning just to be a finalist.