Sunday, September 6, 2009

2009 Heisman Hopefuls II

Finally, college football has returned. This year did not have the extravagant upsets of last year, but we did see a colossal power fall.

Top 10

Tim Tebow (QB - Florida) - With an injury to Sam Bradford, Tebow becomes the front-runner for the Heisman as he lead the most formidable team in college football.

2. Colt McCoy (QB - Texas) - Like Tebow, McCoy has moved up because of the injury to Bradford.

Jahvid Best (RB - California-B) - Best had an electric game against Maryland. He had the same number of carries against the Terps last year except this year he ran for more than 100 yards more. Redemption is sweet.

Dez Bryant (WR - Oklahoma St.) - Bryant opened up the game for the Cowboys against the Georgia Bulldogs. A big play to end the first half and another big catch in the second half, completely rejuvenated the Cowboy offense.

Case Keenum (QB - Houston) - Keenum tore it up in the air. With 359 yards and four touchdown, a plane had to call into Keenum before it fell over Houston.

Jonathan Dwyer (RB - Georgia Tech) - Dwyer was the first to seize his opportunity when he broke out for a 74 yard run on the first play of the game.

Max Hall (QB - BYU) - Hall didn't have the most impressive statistical night, but he did lead the Cougars to an upset over the injury-stunned Sooners.

Joe Webb (QB - UAB) - After Saturday, Webb is second in terms of Passer rating and rushing yards, and third in terms of completion percentage and passing yards. Webb was one of the Quarterbacks that Rob Gilmore and Joe Tessitore picked during the Tulsa-Tulane broadcast to have a big game, and he certainly came through.

Joe McKnight (RB - USC) - McKnight had a great game for the Trojans all around. He ran for 145 yards, ran in two touchdowns, had a 21 yard reception, and an 18 yard punt return. He has emerged as the lead back, but with all the talent for the Trojans in the backfield, McKnight will be prone to low yardage games when doesn't bust out for dazzling runs such as his 54 yard run against San Jose State this week.

Kendall Hunter (RB - Oklahoma St.) - Hunter is the lone survivor among himself, Dan LeFevour, and Charles Scott of players in my top ten to have a poor first game. Hunter's was the least horrific; however, he will need to bounce back in his next game if he wants to remain as a serious Heisman candidate.

Honorable Mention

Daryll Clark (Penn St.), Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame), Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan), Taylor Potts (Texas Tech), Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State), Todd Reesing (Kansas), Zac Robinson (Oklahoma St.), Jevan Snead (Ole Miss), and Juice Williams (Illinois)

Graig Cooper (Miami-FL), Noel Devine (WVU), Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon St.), Evan Royster (Penn St.), Charles Scott (RB - LSU), and C.J. Spiller (Clemson)

Arrelious Benn (Illinois), Dezmon Briscoe (Kansas), Eric Decker (Minnesota), A.J. Green (Georgia), and Julio Jones (Alabama)

High Tide

Sam Bradford
(QB - Oklahoma) - after sustaining a shoulder injury to his throwing arm, Bradford will only have two quarters of football under his belt about a month into the season. It will be difficult for anyone missing almost a month of football to win the Heisman, even the front-runner leading into the season.

Deep Water

No one is caught in deep water yet.

Spotlight Players

Damaris Johnson (KR/PR/WR - Tulsa) - Johnson runs like a super-car: incredible acceleration, the ability to stop on a dime, and incredible top-end speed. Additionally, Johnson has an attribute that most super-cars do not: the ability to juke three defenders at the same time.

Alabama Skill Position Replacements (McElroy, Ingram, Upchurch, and Jones) - These guys have stepped up and filled the shoes left by - now NFL pros - John Parker Wilson, Glen Coffee, and Juaquin Iglesias. Ingram and Upchurch combined for 240 yards and two touchdowns; Greg McElroy had 230 passing yards and a touchdown; while Julio Jones was limited to only four receptions, but his presence opened up the field for the other receivers and a big game on the ground for the Crimson Tide.

Mike Nixon (LB - ASU) - He led the Idaho State Bengals in receptions. The only problem is that he played for the other team.

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