Tuesday Question - The Heisman Top 5 Is ...?

Posted Nov 6, 2007

Tuesday Question ... Picking the current top five in the Heisman race.

Past TQs
- Early Pick It: LSU vs. Ohio State
- Three BCS sleepers
- Midseason Bests
- 3 Big Calls for the Second Half
- The biggest disappointment
- 5 most overrrated teams
- I was dead/on right/wrong about ...
- USC, LSU or Oklahoma?l
- Was the App St win good or bad for college football?
- 3 Sleeper Teams

- Predicting the Season
- 3 things we're sure of
- What to look for on Signing Day
- Bears or Colts?

- Early bowl surprises and trends
- 3 things to look for from the bowls
- Do you want the Alabama job?
- What are the 3 best non-BCS bowls?
- Who's 2nd in the Heisman race?
- Michigan-OSU rematch?
- Michigan or Ohio State?
- Should Louisville be No. 3?
- The nat'l title game will be ...
- The best one-loss team
- Rule changes to help the flow
- The Midseason Stuff
- The real top five ranking
- The early coach of the year is ...?
- These three teams are for real, these three aren't
- After 2 weeks, who's better, who's worse?
- 10 Greatest Quarterbacks of All-Time
- 10 Greatest Defensive Players of All-Time
- 10 Greatest Regular Season Games of All-Time
- 10 Greatest Playmakers of All-Time
- 10 Worst Heisman Winners
- 10 Greatest Bowl Games
- All-Time Offensive Team
- All-Time Defensive Team

Pete Fiutak     

Q: Give your top five choices for the Heisman Trophy.

A: 5. Chase Daniel, QB Missouri
The Tigers would still be strong without him, but he's the triggerman who's making the machine go. The more I see him, the more I think he's the next Drew Brees.

4. Darren McFadden, RB Arkansas
One more really big game in a big SEC win and he's permanently in my five. If he lights up LSU in an upset, he might have to get the prize.

3. Pat White, QB West Virginia
He's eighth in the nation in passing efficiency, has rushed for 656 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing time hurt, and has been every bit the playmaker he was expected to be leading West Virginia to the brink of the national title hunt.

2. Tim Tebow, QB Florida
He's been better than the hype. No one has had to carry a top offense like he has, and he's doing while banged up with a shoulder injury. He leads the nation in passing efficiency.

1. Dennis Dixon, QB Oregon
The default Heisman pick of the week, this one, unlike Matt Ryan, Andre Woodson and Mike Hart, might stick. Dixon has not only put up the numbers, but he's cranking out wins over big-time teams (don't forget the performance against Michigan), and he's now doing it without a few of his top receivers. The spotlight is on, and he's not wilting.

Richard Cirminiello      

Q: Give your top five choices for the Heisman Trophy.

A: 1. Dennis Dixon, Oregon – Dixon has done everything that can be expected of a quarterback, running for big plays, passing effectively, and rarely making mistakes.  Oh, and there’s no way the Ducks would be No. 3 in the country and closing in on a major bowl game without their quarterback’s transformation from last season. 

2. Darren McFadden, Arkansas – McFadden didn’t need to break the SEC single-game rushing record over the weekend to remind everyone that he’s one of the two or three best amateurs in the country.  It didn’t hurt, however, to scorch South Carolina for 323 yards, adding a touchdown pass out of the Wild Hog package.

3. Tim Tebow, Florida – Yeah, the Gators won’t be repeating as national champs, but don’t blame Tebow.  He’s carried the program on his back this fall, leading the nation in passing efficiency and the Gators in rushing.  Tebow won’t win the Heisman in 2007, but he will in either 2008 or 2009.

4. Mike Hart, Michigan – Missing two games in October probably killed his chances of winning the award, but Hart deserves recognition for toting the emotional and physical torch for a program that’s battled back from the depths to contend for the Rose Bowl.   

5. Chase Daniel, Missouri – The sparkplug of the nation’s No. 7 offense, Daniel has accounted for 26 touchdowns, while unexpectedly guiding the Tigers into the top 10.  He has been a phenomenal distributor for Mizzou, getting all of the program’s skill players involved in the offense.

John Harris

Q: Give your top five choices for the Heisman Trophy.

1.  Dennis Dixon, Oregon, QB – Another four touchdowns passing in a win over previously undefeated Arizona State.  Right now, he’s the most dangerous offensive weapon in the country at the helm of the most explosive offense in the nation.  I guess that off-season baseball ‘thing’ made Dixon a better quarterback.  An exceptional quarterback.

2.  Chase Daniel, Missouri QB – Not many people are paying attention to the kid from Columbia, but other than a few turnovers in Norman against OU, he’s been phenomenal (2,954 passing yards, 23 TDs, 363 yards rushing, 3 TDs).  Pile up numbers like he had at Colorado against KU and Mr. Daniel could assure himself a trip to New York (26-44, 421 yards, 5 TDs). 

3.  Darren McFadden, Arkansas RB – It’s not been a great Arkansas season and McFadden was thought to be playing out the string.  But, due to the lack of an overwhelming candidate, D-Mac got himself back in the race with 323 yards rushing against South Carolina.  Of the guys on this board, he’s got the best chance to rise with a late season meeting with the LSU defense.  Shred that well-respected unit and Fred Flintstone could be posing in New York 

4.  Matt Ryan, Boston College QB – The loss to Florida State will kill any hopes that Matty Ice had of winning the Trophy, but if he can get the Eagles into the ACC Championship game, roll up big yardage in a win over Clemson and win out, he should rise up the board.

5.  Tim Tebow, Florida QB – Although Tebow has Florida’s three losses and the fact that he’s a sophomore working against him, the young man deserves continued Heisman ‘run’ – literally and figuratively.  If Tebow makes it through the season upright, his numbers deserve attention – 2,228 yards passing, 21 TDs, 598 yards rushing and 14 TDs. 

Matthew Zemek    

Q: Give your top five choices for the Heisman Trophy.

A: 5) James Laurinaitis, Ohio State - If not the best defensive player in the country, Ohio State's linebacker makes more clutch plays than any other defender in America. A defensive player deserves to get a plane ticket to New York, barring ridiculously good seasons from five offensive players from high-profile teams. Luarinaitis is that man.
4) Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech - The numbers are staggering. The numbers deserve to be recognized. Not nearly enough for consideration as the Heisman winner, however.
3) Chase Daniel, Missouri - The most consistently productive quarterback you're hearing absolutely nothing about. A Big XII championship would make him a legitimate threat to win the award outright.
2) Tim Tebow, Florida - If the sophomore wins the award, it would be a welcome development in the sense that an underclassman playing on a three-loss team would be deemed worthy of the Heisman. A Tebow win would avenge the Rex Grossman snub of 2001 while (much more importantly) proving that the Heisman can actually be awarded in a multiplicity of situations to players other than senior QBs on the No. 1 team in the country. As long as the Heisman is awarded on the basis of a very narrow set of criteria and a very limited thought process, the award will fail to possess much credibility. Until this award starts breaking traditional barriers, it's hard to take it too seriously.
1) Dennis Dixon, Oregon - This young man is putting together something more than just a great statistical season. Dixon is compiling a great game-management season built on superb leadership and sound instincts. Moreover, Mike Bellotti's star pupil has had the intestinal fortitude to bounce back from a hellacious 2006. This is the kind of journey--with equal parts production, team success, and personal perseverance--that defines a Heisman-winning season. But if No. 10 stumbles down the stretch, Tebow would deserve the award more. Stay tuned.