Sunday, October 19, 2008

Heisman Hopefuls V - October 19, 2008

10. Knowshon Moreno (RB - Georgia) - When I was just about ready to give up on Knowshon as a Heisman candidate he breaks out for a 172 yard game against Vandy. Moreno has been inconsistent this season, but Georgia's next two opponents are LSU and Florida. With solid performances against each, Moreno can reestablish himself as one of the Heisman elite.

9. Javon Ringer (RB - Michigan St.) - MSU and Ringer were absolutely obliterated by Ohio St. The Spartans should go up to Columbus and clean up all the dorms for the Ohio St. players. Ringer has struggled this season against validated opponents and unless he can redeem himself against Wisconsin (in two weeks) and Penn St. (last game of season), it will be hard to qualify Ringer as a viable candidate.

8. Charles Scott (RB - LSU) - Scott rushed for 61 yards and TDs last week against Georgia. Scott has been fairly consistent this season and he hasn't shied away when the Tigers played the elite teams of college football. Scott's consistency has brought him up a few spots while the less consistent backs, Moreno and Ringer, fall behind. The only probing problem for Scott is that Les Miles is willing to uses LSU's other running backs which takes carries away from Scott.

7. Max Hall (QB - BYU) - BYU finally plays a competitive team in TCU and the team crumbles. Hall threw 2 INTs with no TDs and a completion percentage just above 50%. This week has really hurt Hall legitimacy.

6. Jarett Dillard (WR - Rice) - Dillard just keeps on having ridiculous games: this week he had 141 yards and 3 TDs. In all honesty, Dillard won't win because he plays on Rice, but he keeps on having this Heisman like games with Heisman like clips on Youtube.

5. Donald Brown (RB - Connecticut) - DB didn't have the greatest of weeks against Rutgers and was finally held without a TD (he did have over 100 yards though). Brown moves up by default even though he was one big run away from having only a mediocre game.

4. Michael Crabtree (WR - Texas Tech) - Crabtree makes his QB, Graham Harrell, look great (of Harrell's 2,761 yards and 23 TDs, 724 yards and 12 TDs have gone to Crabtree - Crabtree's performance has fluctuated Harrell's statistics). This past week, Crabtree had 8 catches, 2 of which went for TDs. This is the Crabtree that I expected to see out of the gate, and will be the one the NFL scouts keep their eyes out for.

3. Chase Daniel (QB - Missouri) -Daniel's tigers took on McCoy's Longhorns which is a difficult task. Daniel had over 300 yards, 2 passing TDs and 1 rushing, but QBs are expected to lead their teams to victory. Yes both of the losses for Missouri came against ranked opponents, but to win the Heisman a player must go above and beyond.

2. Sam Bradford (QB - Oklahoma) -Bradford had another unbelievable game with 468 passing yards and 3 TDs against the solid Jayhawk squad but his efficiency is no where near that of McCoy.

1. Colt McCoy (QB - Texas) - an impressive victory for the Longhorns against Missouri, along with 2 TDs, over 300 yards and a completion percentage of 90 (29 for 32) for McCoy secures him as the top candidate, for now.

Honorable Mention: Graham Harrell, Percy Harvin, David Johnson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, Joe McKnight, Todd Reesing, Marc Sanchez, Matt Stafford, Tim Tebow , Chris Wells, Pat White, John Parker Wilson

In regard to MVP awards and the Heisman Trophy, players that win the nomination should be on competitive teams playing other elite teams. There is nothing wrong with considering a player, with impressive stats, from a marginal team, but the players who are seriously considered should be playing qualified teams week in and week out. The purpose of sports is to compete and win, not to compete and accumulate the best stats.

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