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Brutally Honest Heisman Breakdown - Oct. 28
This was supposed to be one of the best Heisman chases ever, and not it might be one of the worst. Is there anyone worthy of the thing? The prize is there for the taking, and here's the brutally honest look at who's in the hunt.
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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
(but some might have finalist potential).
Remember, Tulane's Matt Forte and UCF's Kevin Smith each ran for over
2,000 yards two years and weren't within 5,000 yards of winning the
Heisman. (They had to settle for becoming great NFL players and the
money that comes with it.)
This isn't a ranking of the best players or the 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 change week after week with players moving in and out of the
Players You Probably Think Are In The Heisman
Race, But Aren't ... Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia; Ryan Mathews,
RB, Fresno State; Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State; C.J. Spiller, RB
Clemson; Golden Tate, WR Notre Dame
No Current Chance To Win It, But Has Finalist
QB Matt Barkley, Fr. USC
15-of-25, 202 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT, 5 carries, 16 yards, one TD in the win
over Oregon State
If USC beats Oregon
convincingly, Barkley will have a chance to make a late run into the
race. He only has seven touchdown passes with five interceptions on the
year, and his stats aren't going to be that great when the season comes
to a close, but he's the star quarterback at USC. If he catches fire and
USC is in the national title hunt until the end, he will get a little
bit of consideration for a finalists spot.
QB Kellen Moore, Soph. Boise
This Week: San
18-of-30, 223 yds, 5 TD in the win over Hawaii
Moore has no chance whatsoever to win the Heisman, Boise State's
highest profile game from here on is against Nevada, but there could be
grass roots element of voters that will push the Bronco star just
outside of a finalist spot. Moore leads the nation in passing
efficiency. On the year Moore he has thrown 21 touchdown passes and just
On The Radar, But The World Is Looking For
QB Case Keenum, Jr. Houston
This Week: Southern
25-of-36 for 233 yards and a touchdown in the win over SMU.
Keenum leads the nation in total offense, has thrown 20 touchdown passes
and just four interceptions, and is averaging 390 passing yards per
game. He'll get more and more credit for the wins over Oklahoma State
and Texas Tech as the season goes on, and if he keeps Houston on the
right track and on the way to a 13-1 regular season and a Conference USA
title, he'll be in the top three on several ballots.
QB Dan LeFevour, Sr. Central
This Week: at Boston College
16-of-22 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns,
and he ran 22 times fro 128 yards in the win over Bowling Green.
As the final month of the season kicks in and as Central Michigan
continues to steamroll to the MAC title, watch out for more and more
Lifetime Achievement Award articles to be written and pieces to be aired
about the Chiippewa star. Going into this week, LeFevour has thrown for
11,163 yards with 90 career touchdown passes with 33 interceptions, run
for 2,757 yards and 41 scores, and has two MAC championships and is on
the verge of a third. CMU's one loss this year was in the opener against
Arizona, and LeFevour was brilliant in the win over Michigan State. He
doesn't have any chance of winning the Heisman, but he could end up
being No. 3 on a bunch of ballots.
The True Favorites
QB Jimmy Clausen, Jr. Notre Dame
This Week: Washington State (in San Antonio)
26-of-39 for 246 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Boston
Second in the nation in passing
efficiency behind Boise State's Kellen Moore, and first in leading a
team in thrilling wins, Clausen has come up with an undeniably strong
junior campaign 2,050 yards, 16 touchdown passes, and two interceptions
so far. If he had come up with the one big final throw to beat USC, the
race would be over, but he still has plenty of high-profile games on the
slate to assure himself of a top three spot.
QB Colt McCoy, Sr. Texas
This Week: At Oklahoma State
Last Week: 26-of-31
passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns with an interception in the
win over Missouri.
It's almost like the Heisman voters want
the story to be easy to write. McCoy hasn't had a Heisman-worthy
season so far, throwing an interception in every game with just 14
touchdowns passes, 104 rushing yards, and a score, but he's coming off
his best game of the season and he has the win over Oklahoma under his
belt. If he rocks in a win over Oklahoma State, he's No. 2 at worst. If
he's great over the second half of the season and it phenomenal in the
Big 12 title game, it's over.
QB Tim Tebow, Sr. Florida
This Week: Georgia
12-of-22 for 127 yards and two interceptions, and he ran 22 times for 88
yards and a score in the win over Mississippi State.
Remember, this piece is on who is in the
Heisman race and not who should be in the Heisman race. If
Florida No. 2 quarterback John Brantley was having this king of a year,
with 1,159 yards and eight touchdowns and four interceptions, along with
six touchdown runs, he wouldn't be within 50 miles of the Heisman. Yeah,
yeah, yeah, Tebow is a leader, but it's not like he's willing this
year's team to wins; the defense and the offensive line are doing that.
Even so, if Tebow is fantastic against Georgia and he has an SEC
Championship over Alabama like he did last year, he'll have his second
And The Current Leader In The Clubhouse Is ...
RB Mark Ingram, Soph. Alabama
This Week: LSU
Last Week: 18 carries for 99 yards in the
win over Tennessee.
And it's by default. He's having a nice year, but
it's not exactly a Heisman-worthy one. Yeah, there was the 246-yard
rushing day against South Carolina, and the résumé is helped by the
150-yard day against Virginia Tech and the 172 yards against South
Carolina, but the defense deserves just as much credit for Alabama's hot
start and he's fifth in the nation in rushing. Even so, there's no one
else stepping to the front of the Heisman race, and if he rocks against
LSU this week, he's a lock to be a finalist.