Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Heisman Hopefuls VIII - November 11, 2008

Big Shake Up this week. For the first time I am allowing a tie and a new section called High Tide is created for candidates that are out of contention. PS Graham Harrell owns Ok. St.

T10. Shonn Greene (RB - Iowa) - He is one of the nation's top runners with over 1,300 yards, but what is most impressive about Greene is that he has is biggest games against the best teams including a 117 yard and 2 TD performance against the previously ranked number 3, Nittany Lions.

T10. Chase Daniel (QB - Missouri) - Daniel's top is starting to tumble after two uncompelling performances against Baylor and Kansas St. Both games should have been sock stuffing games, but Daniel and the Tigers struggled to hold off upsets, thereby indecisively winning the two games by small margins.

9. Max Hall (QB - BYU) - Hall hasn't done anything to hurt his Heisman candidacy; he has simply fallen victim to a few candidates that are making late season surges.

8. Charles Scott (RB - LSU) - Scott is the most consistency running back in college football not matter who the Tigers are up against. The problem with Scott's candidacy is that the Tigers have three loses and he has yet to reach 1000 yards for the season while all of the other backs are well over the 1000 yard marker with their spuratic performances.

7. Donald Brown (RB - Connecticut) - Brown is the nation's second leading rusher was off this past week and will be up against Syracuse this upcoming Saturday. This should be a pleasant opportunity of Brown to retain the rushing lead from Javon Ringer as Ringer and the Spartans are off this week.

6. Graham Harrell (QB - Texas Tech) - 5 for 5 with 60 yards and a TD. 8 Catches for 89 yards and three TDs. Neither stat line are the stats of Graham Harrell, rather they are of teammates Taylor Potts and Michael Crabtree respectively. In Mike Leach's offense with Michael Crabtree on the outside, it seems possible that any quarterback can excel in the system. Graham Harrell has the pleasure of being that quarterback; thus, Harrell has the most impressive stats of the nation while being the arm of the most threatening offensive attack college football has seen in years.

5. Javon Ringer (RB - Michigan St.) - Ringer is the nation's leading rusher in terms of yards and touchdowns. Ringer also plays in a BCS conference which helps justify his legitimacy. The one question about Ringer is his consistency against the better teams in the conference. Ringer will have the opportunity to answer the question against Penn St. on November 22.

4. Tim Tebow (QB - Florida) - Tebow has shot up this week with a 5 TD (three passing and two rushing) game against Vanderbilt. The Gators appear to be one of the best, if not the best team in the nation, and they will have the opportunity to prove that against Alabama in the SEC Championship game; however, the Gators still have to play the three games remaining in their schedule against South Carolina, Citadel, and Florida St. These could be opportunities for Tebow to influx his stats so that they are more competitive with the other premiere Heisman candidates.

3. Sam Bradford (QB - Oklahoma) - Bradford leads the nation in passing touchdowns and is second in passing yards; he is constrained to the position behind Colt McCoy because of Oklahoma's lose to Texas. It is going to take a win and some fine stats against Texas Tech to allow Bradford to leap over McCoy.

2. Colt McCoy (QB - Texas) - McCoy had an uncustomary game with 300 yards, 5 TDs and 2 INTs. McCoy had a completion percentage of 70% a number that he well surpasses on a weekly basis. I like McCoy for his efficiency and play-making ability, but if he is going to compensate that then he will likely fall in the Heisman standings.

1. Michael Crabtree (WR - Texas Tech) - All of the writers and television analyist continue to say that Crabtree is the best player in the nation and deserves the Heisman, but will not receive it. How about we forget that he is a wide receiver and recognize that he is the best player in college football and the most important player on the Red Raiders offense.

Honorable Mention: Dez Bryant, Jarett Dillard, David Johnson, Jeremy Maclin,

High Tide: Percy Harvin, Kendall Hunter, LeSean McCoy, Joe McKnight, Todd Reesing, Marc Sanchez, Matt Stafford, Chris Wells, Pat White, John Parker Wilson

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