Brutally Honest Heisman Breakdown - Week 5
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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 Brian Brohm, Sr. Louisville
Last Week: 20 of 33 for 251 yards and a touchdown with an
interception in the win over NC State
Brohm is still putting up numbers, and could be a finalist if the
Cardinals win the Big East title, but at the moment, he's off the radar.
QB Chase Daniel, Jr. Missouri
Last Week: 21 of 34 for 294 yards and three touchdowns with two
interceptions in the 38-17 win over Illinois State two weeks ago
Here we go. Beat Nebraska, beat Oklahoma, get in the Heisman race. Lose
those two, and there's no shot of anything. Split, and we're still
QB Graham Harrell, Jr. Texas Tech
Last Week: 26 of 40 for 338 yards and five touchdowns in the 75-7
win over Northwestern State
If you love Colt Brennan, then you have to start gushing over Harrell.
However, his top target, redshirt freshman Michael Crabtree, actually
deserves more Heismna consideration right now. Give it about two more
weeks, and Crabtree will be on the list, while Harrell will have more
games against big teams to show what he can really do.
On The Radar, But The World Is Looking For
QB Dennis Dixon, Sr. Oregon
Last Week: 31 of 44 for 306 yards and a touchdown with two
interceptions, and ran eight times for 17 yards and a touchdown in the
31-24 loss to Cal
The California loss was so close, and the final, ill-fated drive so
good, that Dixon should still be alive for a finalist spot as long as
Oregon starts winning again.
WR DeSean Jackson, Jr. California
Last Week: 11 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns in the
31-24 win over Oregon
He might not have the overall numbers, but when the spotlight's on, he's
come up huge with his performances against Tennessee and Oregon. If
becomes knows as the big game player, and if Cal keeps winning, he'll be
a finalist. If he blows up against USC, then things will get
RB P.J. Hill, Jr. Wisconsin
Last Week: 34 carries for 155 yards and two touchdowns in the
37-34 win over Michigan State
Take him off of Wisconsin and the Badgers aren't anywhere near the top
five. He's the team's one consistent force, and he's carrying the
QB Matt Ryan, Sr. Boston College
Last Week: 24 of 42 for 204 yards and a touchdown in the 24-14
win over Massachusetts
Give if another week before he gets back on the overall radar. BC is
going through the motions against a lousy lull in the schedule, but
that'll quickly change, and he'll get plenty of chances to shine.
RB Steve Slaton, Jr. West Virginia
Last Week: 13 carries for 54 yards in the 21-13 loss to South
Slaton is still in the race, despite being held in check by South
Florida, but he has to come up with a few monstrous games to get back on
the Heisman track.
QB Pat White, Jr. West Virginia
Last Week: 12 of 18 passes for 100 yards and an interception, and
nine carries for 36 yards in the 21-13 loss to South Florida
He was tremendous before getting hurt against South Florida. There's
still plenty of time to lead his Mountaineers to the Big East title and
get back in the Heisman race.
The True Favorites
QB John David Booty, Sr. USC
Last Game: 20 of 37 for 236 yards and a touchdown with two
interceptions in the 27-24 win over Washington
It's all about continuing to win. With so many other favorites
stumbling, as long as Booty is seen as the game manager for the nation's
No. 1 team, he'll be in the hunt.
QB Colt Brennan, Sr. Hawaii
Last Week: 30 of 49 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns and
five interceptions, and five carries with a touchdown, in the 48-20 win
You can't put up five interceptions against Idaho. You just can't.
Making the Heisman chase even harder is Texas Tech's Graham Harrell,
who's putting up similar numbers. Just wait. The monster Brennan games
RB Mike Hart, Sr. Michigan
Last Week: 30 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown in the 28-16
win over Northwestern
Mr. Steady, he wasn't fantastic against Northwestern, but he's still
carrying the stunningly flat offense. Right now, he has to be the
RB Darren McFadden, Jr. Arkansas
Last Game: 19 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns in the
66-7 win over North Texas
With so many top candidates starting to fall, all of a sudden,
there's room opening up for McFadden. Arkansas isn't going to win the
SEC West, but McFadden will put up big numbers all year long and should
be a finalist simply by so amazing game in and game out.
QB Tim Tebow, Soph. Florida
Last Week: 20 of 27 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown, and 19
carries for 75 yards and a score in the 20-17 loss to Auburn
Florida might have lost to Auburn, but Tebow's Heisman stock didn't drop
too much. After all, he and Percy Harvin are the only two players doing
anything on offense. If the Gators beat LSU, then he might be the
And The Current Leader In The Clubhouse Is ...
QB Andre Woodson, Sr. Kentucky
Last Week: 26 of 33 for 301 yards and five touchdowns with an
interception in the 45-17 win over Florida Atlantic
Woodson's starting to become one of the season's big stories. His
Heisman candidacy will be made or broken over the next three weeks
against South Carolina, LSU and Florida.