Brutally Honest Heisman Breakdown - Week 11
West Virginia QB Pat White
Who's still in the Heisman chase? It's as open a race as ever with the big prize there for the taking. It'll all come down to the big games coming up.
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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
Ten players who should be in the race, but aren't in the picture ...
1) Glenn Dorsey, DT LSU; 2) Jamaal Charles, RB Texas; 3) Kevin Smith, RB UCF;
Michael Crabtree, WR Texas Tech; 5) Jordy
Nelson, WR Kansas State; 6) Matt Forte, RB Tulane; 7) Sam Bradford, QB
Oklahoma; 8) Chad Hall, RB/WR Air Force; 9) Steve Slaton, RB West Virginia; 10) Chris Johnson, RB East Carolina
The Finalists Coming Down The Stretch
QB Colt Brennan, Sr. Hawaii
completed 28 of 39 passes for 396 yards and two touchdowns with an
interception, and ran for five yards and a score in the 37-30 win over
He was having a great game against Fresno State before he was
knocked out with a concussion. While he's iffy to play against Nevada,
if Hawaii can win, and if he can come up with big games against Boise
State and Washington, and if he leads the way to an unbeaten season and
a BCS game, he'll be in New York as a finalist.
QB Chase Daniel, Jr. Missouri
Last Week: Daniel completed
27 of 35 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 15
yards, in the 40-26 win over Texas A&M.
While Daniel is having a tremendous year, things are mainly being set up
for 2008. It'll take an off-season to get the hype and buzz going, and
then the spotlight will be on throughout next season. This year, he's
one of the nation's most efficient passers and is fourth in the nation
in total offense.
QB Cullen Harper, Jr. Clemson
Last Week: Harper
completed 27 of 35 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns, and ran
for a score, in the 44-10 win over Wake Forest.
All of a sudden, Harper, not Boston College's Matt Ryan, is the
ACC's best quarterback with 26 touchdown passes and four interceptions.
His emergence has led the way for Clemson's big season, and now he'll
get his shot in the spotlight against Boston College and South Carolina
over the last two weeks.
RB Darren McFadden, Jr. Arkansas
22 times for 117 yards, and caught three passes for 17 yards, in the
34-13 loss to Tennessee.
How good is he? He had an "off" day and is now out of the Heisman race
despite only rushing for 117 yards against Tennessee. The nation's
premier back, he'll have a chance to make one more push to be a finalist
with a spotlight game against LSU.
QB Todd Reesing, Jr. Kansas
Reesing completed 27 of 40 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns in
the 43-28 win over Oklahoma State.
The Jayhawk offensive machine keeps on rolling, and while the offensive
line might be the main reason, Reesing is the one making it all go. He
has thrown for more than 300 yards in four games this year, including
the last two, with nine touchdown passes against Nebraska and Oklahoma
State. He hasn't thrown an interception in his last five games.
QB Tim Tebow, Soph. Florida
Tebow completed 22 of 32 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns
with an interception, and ran 26 times for 120 yards and five scores
in the 51-31 win over South Carolina.
He's second in the nation in passing efficiency, and has been first for
major stretches, so he's among the best passing quarterbacks in America.
He has 19 touchdown runs, more than and SEC quarterback ever, and more
than any Florida player for a season, including Emmitt Smith. so he's
among the nation's best runners. With 23 touchdowns, five interceptions,
and 718 rushing yards, he's the nation's best all-around player, but
he's a sophomore and and Florida has three losses which means he'll
likely finish second.
QB Pat White, Jr. West Virginia
White completed 10 of 16 passes for 144 yards, and ran 22 times
for 156 yards and a touchdown, in the win over Rutgers two weeks ago.
Louisville is up this week.
Everyone knows he can run, but he's also the Big East leader in
passing efficiency, ranking seventh in the nation. He's also incredibly
clutch, running for 156 yards and a touchdown two weeks ago against
Rutgers, and 147 yards and a game-winning score last week against
And The Current Leader In The Clubhouse Is ...
QB Dennis Dixon, Sr. Oregon
Two Weeks Ago: Dixon completed 13 of 22 passes for 189 yards and
four touchdowns, and ran for 57 yards, in the 35-23 win over Arizona
State. He faces Arizona this week.
It's all there for Dixon to grab the Heisman race by the horns and not
let it go. His only real challenger is Tim Tebow, but he's a sophomore
(strike one) and Florida has three losses (strike three in this
instance). Everyone will be watching the Thursday night game against
Arizona, and if he rocks, and if he leads the Ducks to wins over UCLA
and Oregon State, it's over.