Sunday, September 20, 2009

2009 Heisman Hopefuls IV

Top 15 (Expanded Week 3 Standings)

1.
Tim Tebow (QB - Florida) - Only 1 TD for Tebow after 5 last week, but more importantly for Tebow he led the Gators to a win over rejuvenated rival Tennessee. Tebow made several key scrambles to turn disastrous plays into positive yards which turned what may have been an upset into a sure win.

2.
Colt McCoy (QB - Texas) - McCoy avenged the Longhorns of the Red Raiders defeat last year in the final second. McCoy had only 205 passing yards and one touchdown, but the most misleading stat about McCoy's performance was his two interceptions which were both tipped balls that went through his receivers' hands.

3.
Jahvid Best (RB - California-B) - 114 yards on 13 carries and 3 touchdowns in the first half. Best added 28 yards and two more TDs in the second half. Best is simply electric. As Soon as Tebow or McCoy slip - whether it be a horrific performance or lose, Best will immediately jump above either.

4.
Case Keenum (QB - Houston) - The Houston Cougars had a week off in which they were preparing for next week's intriguing air battle against Texas Tech.

5.
Dez Bryant (WR - Oklahoma St.) - Bryant caught two touchdowns and had 161 receiving yards against Rice. These are the stats expected of Bryant; he just has to put these numbers up against more reputable opponents.

6.
Taylor Potts (QB - Texas Tech) - Potts' stats are a result of the Texas Tech system (Potts is the only QB with over 1,000 passing yards); just as Graham Harrell's stats were last year. Expect Potts to put up big numbers, but just as with Harrell last year, he will be judged on victories not solely statistics. Playing the the Big 12 gives Potts the opportunities to prove himself. And against Texas, Potts kept the Red Raiders in most of the game, but eventually succumbed to the formidable long horns in the fourth quarter.

7.
Max Hall (QB - BYU) - After a historic upset over Oklahoma in his first game, Hall found his Cougars at lose to the Florida St. Seminoles this week. Hall had an uncharacteristic 3 interceptions along with a devastating loss that will likely eliminate the BYU Cougars from National Championship contention.

8.
Eric Decker (WR - Minnesota) - Decker has the second most receiving yards in the nation with 415 and the fourth most receptions with 27. He also registered his first two TDs of the season against the stringy California secondary which includes top NFL prospect Syd'Quan Thompson.

9.
Jimmy Clausen (QB - Notre Dame) - Clausen is third in the nation with passing yards, second in the nation with passing touchdown, second in the nation with passer rating, and leads the nation in interceptions thrown (with zero). Clausen has thrown for at least 300 yards in each game this year, but more importantly, he has kept the Fighting Irish in every single game.

10.
Jacquizz Rodgers (RB - Oregon St.) / Ryan Williams (RB - VT) - These two backs are tied with 342 yards on the season. Both have had a 70 yard, 100 yard, and a 160 yard game. Each of the backs' team is 2-1 with the only separation being Williams having one more TD than Rodgers.

12.
Jacory Harris (QB - Miami-FL) - Harris has stormed on to the Heisman scene as the 'Canes have stormed on to the national team as an elite team. Harris has helped the U beat two ranked opponents on national television (both on Thursdays). Harris is also one of my Spotlight Players for this week.

13.
Tony Pike (QB - Cincinnati) - The Bearcats are 3-0 with key wins against Rutgers and Oregon St. The Bearcats have become the first ranked Big East team of the season as Pike has thrown for over 900 yards, eight touchdown (with only 2 interceptions), a completion percentage just over 70%, and a very reputable passer rating of 165.03.

14. Dezmon Briscoe (WR - Kansas) / A.J. Green (WR - Georgia) - After his suspension in week one Briscoe has caught for at least 100 yards in his last two games including a TD in his latest one. For Green, after a disappointing lose to Oklahoma St. in Week 1, Green has increased his output in terms of receptions, yards, and touchdowns in each consecutive week against foes South Carolina and Arkansas.

Honorable Mention


QBs:
Daryll Clark (Penn St.), Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan), Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State), Zac Robinson (Oklahoma St.), Jevan Snead (Ole Miss), Joe Webb (UAB), and Juice Williams (Illinois)

RBs:
Ralph Bolden (Purdue), Graig Cooper (Miami-FL), Noel Devine (WVU), Jonathan Dwyer (Georgia Tech), Joe McKnight (USC), Evan Royster (Penn St.), Charles Scott (LSU), and C.J. Spiller (Clemson)

WR: Arrelious Benn (Illinois),

High Tide

Sam Bradford
(QB - Oklahoma), Kendall Hunter (RB - Oklahoma St.), and Julio Jones (WR - Alabama)

Deep Water


No one is caught in deep water yet.

Spotlight Players

Jacory Harris (QB - Miami-FL) - The Sophomore has led Randy Shannon's Canes to another victory over another important conference rival. After the QB fiasco last year, Harris has put the Canes back on the top of the college football map with his impressive arm strength and accuracy, along with his agility allowing him to frequently avoid sacks.

Jake Locker (QB - Washington) - Locker led the Huskies to a monstrous upset over the Southern California Trojans

Kyle McCarthy (S - Notre Dame) - McCarthy sealed the victory for the Fighting Irish by intercepting a pass in the red zone on a promising Michigan St. drive.

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