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Brutally Honest Heisman Breakdown - Week 13
Arkansas RB Darren McFadden
Who's still in the Heisman chase? It's as open a race as ever with the big prize there for the taking.
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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
The Finalists Coming Down The Stretch
QB Colt Brennan, Sr. Hawaii
completed 40 of 53 passes for 495 yards and five touchdowns with two
interceptions, and ran nine times for 18 yards and a touchdown
With everyone watching, Brennan came through with one of his best
performances in the win over Boise State to win Hawaii the WAC title. If
he blows up against Washington and takes the Warriors to the BCS, he'll
threaten to be a finalist. Unfortunately for him, the emergence of
Darren McFadden and Chase Daniel might squeeze him out of the top three.
QB Chase Daniel, Jr. Missouri
Last Week: Daniel
completed 40 of 49 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns in the
36-28 win over Kansas.
He's now in the discussion after a brilliant game against Kansas. If he
comes up with a similar performance against Oklahoma and lead the
nation's No. 1 team to the BCS Championship game, he might end up
winning it based on the MVP factor.
QB Dennis Dixon, Sr. Oregon
Last Week: Dixon is out for the rest of the season with a torn
Take a look at Oregon with him and without him. If there was a case to
be made for Dixon being the most valuable player in college football,
the last game and a half is it. He'll get a few sympathy number three
votes, but at this point, there are too many other candidates in the mix
for the injured star to finish in the top three.
RB Darren McFadden, Jr. Arkansas
Last Week: McFadden ran 32 times for 206
yards and three touchdowns, and completed three of six passes for 34 yards and a
score in the 50-48 three-overtime win over LSU.
The consistency isn't there, and seven of his 15
rushing scores came against North Texas, Chattanooga and Florida
International, but everyone saw him rip up the number one team in
America in a true Heisman-caliber game. LSU's defense got lit up like a
Christmas tree be No. 5, and now an afterthought throughout most of the
season, he's now just a half click behind Tim Tebow and Chase Daniel in
RB Kevin Smith, Jr. UCF
Smith ran 46 times for 219 yards and a touchdown, and caught three
passes for 30 yards in the 36-20 win over UTEP. In the game, Smith
became the nation's leading rusher with
Watch out for a few stray votes to trickle in for the nation's number
one rusher. If he runs for his average against Tulsa in the Conference
USA title game and in the bowl, he'll finish with more than 2,500
rushing yards. He won't be a finalist, but the numbers will be too
tremendous for many to keep ignoring.
QB Pat White, Jr. West Virginia
White completed nine of 13 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown with
an interception, and ran 16 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns, in
the 66-21 win over Connecticut.
As the leader of a national-title level team, he has come through
when his team has needed him most. The 186-yard rushing day against
Connecticut should've put him in everyone's top three, but he hasn't
quite broken through. He needs one more brilliant day in a win over Pitt
to get more third place votes.
And The Current Leader In The Clubhouse Is ...
QB Tim Tebow, Soph. Florida
Tebow completed 19 of 28 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns,
and ran 13 times for 89 yards and two scores
It should be a slam-dunk considering Tebow put up one of the greatest
seasons in the history of college football, but Darren McFadden's game
against LSU and the emergence of Chase Daniel has opened up the debate.
He's still the leader, but the margin is now razor-thin.