Saturday, September 26, 2009

2009 Heisman Hopefuls V

Top 15 (Continued Week 4 Expanded Standings)

1. Tim Tebow (QB - Florida)
- Tebow was 3 for 4 with 75 yards and a TD in the air along with 79 yards a 2 TDs on the ground against Kentucky... in the first quarter...while he was supposedly sick. The rest of the game was less memorable as Tebow did not register another touchdown and suffered a head injury in the third quarter when he was sacked by Taylor Wyndham.

2. Colt McCoy (QB - Texas) - McCoy led the Longhorns to exorbitant defeat of the UTEP Miners. Texas was up 47-7 at half time and McCoy was pulled in the third quarter. McCoy managed to throw for 286 yards and 3 TDs in the time that he did manage to play.

3. Jahvid Best (RB - California) - The Golden Bears were shut down by the revamped Oregon Ducks. After several embarrassing performances the Ducks came back to soothing (or very uncomfortable for opponents) Autzen Stadium and beat the Golden Bears by a score of 42-3. Best has completely shut down as he run for only 55 yards and was held out of the end-zone.

4. Case Keenum
(QB - Houston) - An impressive victory for the Houston Cougars in a high octane game against Texas Tech. Keenum demonstrated all the qualities of a winning NFL quarterback. He had strong accurate arm, made good decisions, called play audibles, sent players in-motion to expose the defense, showed mobility to run for gains, showed mobility to extend passing plays, and led the Cougars on a game winning drive. Statistically, the 6'2" Junior threw for 445 yards, but only 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 run) and 27 rushing yards did not tell the entire tale on the field.

5. Dez Bryant (WR - Oklahoma St.) - Bryant was held out of a Oklahoma St. onslaught of Grambling St. because of injuries.

6. Jimmy Clausen (QB - Notre Dame) - Clausen was pulled early as he was battling a turf toe for the week. Clausen did accumulate 99 yards, a completion, and an interception before initially leaving the game. Clausen reentered late into the game to lead the Fighting Irish on a drive as they trailed Purdue 21-17. After a penalty, three consecutive completions, and a run, Clausen was sacked for a big loss forcing the Irish to take their last timeout. Clausen then completed a big pass for a first down on the Purdue 20. After an unsuccessful attempt at the end-zone, Clausen completed another first down to stand-out receiver Golden Tate. Then after 3 unsuccessful attempt by Notre Dame and a questionable timeout by Purdue on third down, Jimmy Clausen found his big tight-end Kyle Rudolph for a short touchdown on 4th and goal.

7. Taylor Potts (QB - Texas Tech) - The Red Raiders suffered another loss to another ranked opponent in consecutive weeks. Potts threw for a season low 327 yards and a touchdown, but the loss was just as significant his season low numbers.

8. Eric Decker (WR - Minnesota) - One of the nation's best receivers turned in another almost 10 reception game (just shy with 8 receptions) for 83 yards and two touchdowns, one of which solidified the win for the Golden Gophers.

9. Max Hall
(QB - BYU) - Hall led the BYU to another victory - this time against Colorado St; however, he had an uncharacteristically inaccurate game as he threw 18 for 29 (completion percentage of 62.1%) and two interceptions.

10. Ryan Williams (RB - VT) - Williams helped Tyrod Taylor and Hokies upset the rising 'Canes. Williams had 35 carries for 154 yards and 2 TDs. VT is back on top of the ACC and Williams has been the most impressive freshman of the year.

11. Jacquizz Rodgers
(RB - Oregon St.) - Quizz ran for 85 yards and 2 TDs, and he also caught 13 balls for 70 yards. Quizz was reliable for the Beavers throughout the game, including on the final drive of the game when he caught three critical outlet passes to pick up yardage or saves plays but the Beavers fell to Arizona Wildcats.

12. Tony Pike (QB - Cincinnati) - The Cincinnati Bearcats just keep on rolling. Cincy is now 4-0 and Pike has solidified himself as a candidate for the Heisman Trophy. In a close game against Fresno St., in the time Cincy did have the ball Pike threw for 300 yds and 3 TDs along with efficiency: completed 18 of 26 passes.

A.J. Green (WR - Georgia) - Green has been playing at the level that makes most believe this guy wide-out will be a top ten pick. Green caught 8 passes for 153 including a 50 yard catch for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs the first lead of the game

Jonathan Dwyer (RB - Georgia Tech) Dwyer has a focal point of the Georgia Tech offense as he took almost twenty carries for over 150 yards. Dwyer didn't score any TD's but his big runs including a long of 39 yards helped the Yellow Jackets upset UNC.

15. Todd Reesing (QB - Kansas) - With his second consecutive 300 yard-3 TD performance, Reesing has displayed the statistical output to be considered a candidate for the Heisman. Now Reesing will need a few conference victories against prestigious Big 12 opponents to secure very serious consideration.

Honorable Mention

QBs: Daryll Clark (Penn St.),
Jacory Harris (Miami-FL), Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan), Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State), Zac Robinson (Oklahoma St.), and Jevan Snead (Ole Miss)

RBs: Ralph Bolden (Purdue), Graig Cooper (Miami-FL), Noel Devine (WVU), Dion Lewis (Pittsburgh), Ryan Mathews (Fresno St.), Joe McKnight (USC), Evan Royster (Penn St.),
and C.J. Spiller (Clemson)

WR: Dezmon Briscoe

High Tide &
Deep Water

Arrelious Benn (WR - Illinois), Sam Bradford (QB - Oklahoma),
Kendall Hunter (RB - Oklahoma St.), Julio Jones (WR - Alabama), Charles Scott (RB - LSU), Joe Webb (UAB), and Juice Williams (QB - Illinois)

Spotlight Players

Chad Jones (S/KR - LSU) - Jones returned a huge kickoff return to put the LSU Tigers ahead of Mississippi St. and then was incredible on goal-line defense in the last 1:30 of the game when he deflected a pass after a perfectly executed play-fake to a wide open TE on third down and then stopped the Mississippi St. QB Tyson Lee from crossing the goal-line when Jones came in to stop Lee's last chance effort.

Nick Foles (QB - Arizona) - Foles filled in for starter Matt Scott and helped redeem the Wildcats after a last second lost last year. Foles may have stole the starting job from Scott as he played error free football. Along with the big victory and fine decision making, Foles accumulated 4 TDs (1 rushing) and 254 passing yards.

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