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Brutally Honest Heisman Breakdown - Week 12
Tulane RB Matt Forte
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) Jamaal Charles, RB Texas; 2) Kevin Smith, RB UCF;
Michael Crabtree, WR Texas Tech; 4) Jordy
Nelson, WR Kansas State; 5) Matt Ryan, QB Boston College; 6) Graham
Harrell, QB Texas Tech; 8) Chad Hall, RB/WR Air Force; 9) Ray Rice, RB
Rutgers; 10) Chris Johnson, RB East Carolina
The Finalists Coming Down The Stretch
QB Colt Brennan, Sr. Hawaii
completed two of two pass for 21 yards in the 28-26 win over Nevada.
After missing most of the Nevada game with a concussion, he's back
for the showdown with Boise State for the WAC title. He won't win the
Heisman because his stats aren't going to be strong enough, but he'll be
a finalist if Hawaii goes unbeaten and to the BCS.
QB Chase Daniel, Jr. Missouri
Last Week: Daniel completed
28 of 41 passes for 284 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for four
yards, in the 49-32 win over Kansas State.
All of a sudden, Daniel has gone from being an interesting outside
candidate to one of the front-runners after getting his team in a
position to challenge for the Big 12 and national titles. He's getting
better as the season has gone on, throwing for 1,057 yards with 12
touchdowns and one interception in the last three games. Now the
spotlight is on. If he blows up against Kansas and in the Big 12 title
game, he might walk away with the grand prize.
QB Dennis Dixon, Sr. Oregon
Two Weeks Ago: Dixon completed 5 of 8 passes for 62 yards with an
interception, and ran twice for 34 yards and a touchdown in the loss to
The Heisman was there for the taking, and he certainly started off with
a bang on national television against Arizona, but he tore his ACL early
on and is now out for the season. He'll still likely finish in the top
three unless there's a big push by someone else at the last second.
He'll likely get the sympathy No. 3 vote.
DT Glenn Dorsey, Sr. LSU
Last Week: Dorsey made two tackles
in the 41-24 win over Ole Miss.
While he doesn't have the quantifiable stats to point to, he's the
nation's best defensive player and the star of the number one team in
the country. He gums up the works so everyone else can operate. A case
could be made that he's the most valuable player in America for what he
does for the rest of the Tiger defense.
RB Matt Forte, Sr. Tulane
Forte ran 39 times for 194 yards and five
touchdowns, and caught a pass for 51 yards in the 45-31 win over Rice.
No one knows who he is, and almost no one has seen him play, but after a
194-yard day against Rice, he eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark with one more
game to go. The nation's leading rusher has torn off 2,007 yards and 22
touchdowns, and now watch for the groundswell of last second support
kick in. Don't be shocked if he ends up being third on several ballots.
RB Darren McFadden, Jr. Arkansas
28 times for 88 yards and a touchdown, and completed a pass for a
24-yard touchdown, in the 45-31 win over Mississippi State
The stats and wins aren't going to be there to get him the Heisman, but
he's being generally acknowledged as the best player in America, That'll
be rewarded handsomely in the 2008 NFL Draft and might make him a top
three finalist. If he goes crazy and is the reason Arkansas beats LSU,
then the Heisman race will have just gotten more interesting.
QB Todd Reesing, Soph. Kansas
Last Week: Reesing completed 21 of 26 passes for 253 yards and
four touchdowns, and ran for five yards in the 45-7 win over Iowa
With 30 touchdown passes and just four interceptions, and without a pick
in his last six games, he's playing extremely well when the team has
needed him the most. It's all up to what he does against Missouri this
week. If he lead the Jayhawks to the win, he's a finalist. If he's
terrific and leads the team to the Big 12 title and a berth in the
national championship, he'll at least finish second.
QB Pat White, Jr. West Virginia
White completed 13 of 19 passes for 140 yards and an interception,
and ran 27 times for 155 yards and two scores in the 28-23 win over
He has now become the better running version of Dennis Dixon. While
he doesn't throw as much as the Oregon star, he's ultra-efficient with
just three interceptions on the year and 11 touchdown passes to go along
with 958 rushing yards and 12 scores. He has stepped up his play during
the key final stretch and has been one of the main reasons West Virginia
is still in the national title discussion.
And The Current Leader In The Clubhouse Is ...
QB Tim Tebow, Soph. Florida
25 of 34 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns with
an interception, and ran 11 times for 31 yards and a touchdown, in the
59-20 win over Florida Atlantic.
And now the spotlight is on. Because he's a sophomore and because
Florida has three losses, voters are trying to come up with reasons to
not vote for him. If he was a senior, or if Florida won the SEC East,
the race would be over. All he has done is run for 749 yards and 20
touchdowns while throwing for 26 scores and just six interceptions. He
has been rock-solid steady from day one.