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Brutally Honest Heisman Breakdown - Week 6
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
WR Michael Crabtree, RFr. Texas Tech
Last Week: 10 catches for 154 yards and three touchdowns in
the win over Iowa State
He's a freshman, and he's a wide receiver, so one more strike and he's
out, but the numbers have been too ridiculous to ignore. He's on the
verge of having an all-timer of a season, but the real schedule now
starts to kick in.
RB P.J. Hill, Jr. Wisconsin
Last Week: 21 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown in the loss to
He got hurt in the loss to Illinois, and was outplayed by Rashard
Mendenhall, so the candidacy is teetering, but one huge game against
Penn State would change that.
RB Steve Slaton, Jr. West Virginia
Last Week: 15 carries for 69 yards in the win over Syracuse
After being shut down in the loss to South Florida, Slaton needed a
big game to get back in the hunt, and he didn't get it in the win over
Syracuse. He's still alive to be a finalist, but the stats have to start
coming again so he can get noticed.
QB Tim Tebow, Soph. Florida
Last Week: 12 of 26 for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and ran 16
times for 67 yards and a touchdown, in the 28-24 loss to LSU
With two straight losses, his chances to win the whole ball of wax are
over, but if Florida wins out, and that includes the SEC title, he's in
New York, and he's the probable front runner going into 2008.
QB Pat White, Jr. West Virginia
Last Week: 12 of 15 for 148 yards and a touchdown, and 14 carries
for 89 yards and a score before getting hurt in the win over Syracuse
When he's in, he's still terrific, but now he's starting to get
battered. He has no shot of winning, but if he leads the Mountaineers to
the Big East title, he's a finalist. He has to get healthy first.
On The Radar, But The World Is Looking For
QB John David Booty, Sr. USC
Last Game: 24 of 40 for 364 yards and two touchdowns with four
interceptions in the loss to Stanford
You'd think his candidacy would be dead after the problems against the
Cardinal, but there are enough big games left to get back in the race if
he can play through an injured finger.
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 last
31-24 loss to Cal
Oregon has to beat Washington State and Washington and Dixon has to put
up big numbers, and then he has to go ballistic and beat USC or else
QB Graham Harrell, Jr. Texas Tech
36 of 43 passes for 425 yards and four touchdowns with an interception
in the 42-17 win over Iowa State.
Everyone's waiting to see what he'll do against a good defense. It
hasn't stopped Colt Brennan from being one of the main favorites, but
Texas Tech quarterbacks never get any Heisman love.
WR DeSean Jackson, Jr. California
Last Week: 11 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns in last
31-24 win over Oregon
Right now, he's the signature player on the nation's number two team.
It'll all come down to how he does in the other upcoming spotlight
QB Andre Woodson, Sr. Kentucky
23 of 40 for 227 yards and two touchdowns with an interception in
the 38-23 loss to South Carolina.
While he wasn't horrible against South Carolina, the loss was a killer
to his status. The stats won't matter if he pulls off a win over LSU
The True Favorites
QB Colt Brennan, Sr. Hawaii
Last Week: 19 of 25 for 219 yards and a touchdown in the win over
With five interceptions against Idaho, and a hurt ankle against Utah
State, Brennan's campaign has been slipping, but everyone's paying
attention. A few monster games will get him back in it, but he needs to
rock this week against San Jose State.
QB Chase Daniel, Jr. Missouri
33 of 47 passes
for 401 yards and two touchdowns, and ran 11 times for 72 yards and two
scores in the 41-6 win over Nebraska.
The breakout performance against Nebraska wasn't noticed since it
happened as the same time as USC's loss to Stanford and the Florida -
LSU game. If he and Missouri beats Oklahoma, he's the favorite.
RB Darren McFadden, Jr. Arkansas
25 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown in the 34-15 win over
Everyone assumes he's the best player in America,
but running mate Felix Jones has been even more explosive. The big SEC
games are coming up, and if McFadden goes nuts, he's everyone's number
QB Matt Ryan, Sr. Boston College
24 of 32 passes for
312 yards and four touchdowns in the 55-24 win over Bowling Green.
The second half schedule is brutal, and Ryan will have plenty of
chances to make some big statements. As long as BC is a top ten team,
Ryan will get the attention.
And The Current Leader In The Clubhouse Is ...
RB Mike Hart, Sr. Michigan
22 carries for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the 33-22 win over
A default pick at the moment, Hart continues to carry the stunningly
average offense. Where would the Wolverines be without him? The nation's
second leading rusher (behind UCF's Kevin Smith) has six straight
100-yard games as he carries the team back into a decent season. He
won't end up winning the Heisman, but at this pace, he probably finishes