Sunday, October 25, 2009

2009 Heisman Hopefuls IX

Top 10

1. Tim Tebow (QB - Florida)
-  The Gators remained undefeated with a victory against Mississippi St. as Tebow just keeps on winning.

2. Colt McCoy (QB - Texas) - America has jumped off the Colt McCoy bandwagon. Despite victories against Oklahoma and Texas Tech and demolitions of UTEP and Missouri - two teams that have given other nationally recognized programs trouble - McCoy has not received the respect he deserves. McCoy is second in the nation for completion percentage, and in the top 25 for yards and touchdowns. With a showdown against Oklahoma St. next week, the Longhorns can added another conquered opponent in their flawless season.

3. Jimmy Clausen (QB - Notre Dame) - Clausen was able to lead the Fighting Irish to a close victory over Boston College with some big help from standout receiver Golden Tate. Clausen completed 11 passes to Tate for 127 yards and two touchdowns - one of which turned out to be the game winning touchdown about halfway into the fourth quarter. Clausen finished the game with 246 yards, the two TDs to Tate, and no interceptions. Playing on national television each week along with being one of the nation's most efficient passers has enshrined Clausen into elite QB status in college football.

4. Tony Pike (QB - Cincinnati) - Pike sat out this week after having surgery on his forearm earlier in the week. Cincinnati still manage to blowout Louisville, but if Pike wants to remain in the Heisman race during his senior season, then he will have to risk his own welfare and try to play. 

5. Case Keenum (QB - Houston) - Keenum has the most yards thrown, second most touchdowns, and the fourth highest completion percentage. An upset lose to UTEP may have cost Keenum the Heisman; however, if multiple loses are recorded for the teams of Heisman candidates above Keenum, then he could sneak back to the top of the race.

Dion Lewis (RB - Pittsburgh) - Lewis continued his impressive Freshman campaign with a monstrous performance against a formidable South Florida opponent. Lewis accumulated 110 yards and 2 TDs on the ground. He also managed to catch two passes for the Panthers. Lewis has sparked a great debate about who is the nation's best running back.

Ryan Williams (RB - VT) - The Hokies had an off week as they prepare to play two consecutive Thursday night games. This sole coverage should increase the attention Williams receives in the Heisman race.

8. Kellen Moore (QB - Boise St.) - With the nation's highest passer rating, the most touchdowns thrown, only two interceptions thrown, and an undefeated squad, Moore has a real chance of climbing up a stealing the Heisman if his resume can remain spotless.

9Jacquizz Rodgers (RB - Oregon St.) - Rodgers has the most rushing touchdowns of any running back in the FBS. He added another one on the ground along with 113 yards and a receiving touchdown against USC. Rodgers played a big role in closing the gap between the Beavers and the Trojans in the second half, but the Trojans were able to vanquish last season's upset.

10. Mark Ingram (RB - Alabama) - Mark Ingram shouldn't be up here. Versatility wise he is one of the best backs in college football; however, an entire Heisman campaign shouldn't be founded upon a single performance (last week 247 yard outburst). Ingram has been reliable for the Crimson Tide throughout the year, but the only reason Ingram even has an opportunity to be in the discussion is because of Ronaldo McClain and the Crimson Tide defense. Ingram almost cost the Tide the game against Tennessee when he coughed up a critical fumble. If it wasn't for a block last second field goal, the Volunteers could have pulled off a big time upset at the cost of Ingram.

Honorable Mention

QBs: Daryll Clark (Penn St.),
Max Hall (BYU), Jacory Harris (Miami-FL), Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan), and Todd Reesing (Kansas)

RBs: Jahvid Best (California), Ralph Bolden (Purdue), Noel Devine (WVU),
Jonathan Dwyer (Georgia Tech), Toby Gerhart (Stanford), Ryan Mathews (Fresno St.), Joe McKnight (USC), Evan Royster (Penn St.), C.J. Spiller (Clemson), and Ben Tate (Auburn)

WRs: Dezmon Briscoe
(Kansas), Eric Decker (Minnesota), A.J. Green (Georgia), Marshawn Gilliard (Cincinnati), Jordan Shipley (Texas), and Golden Tate (Notre Dame)

High Tide &
Deep Water

Arrelious Benn (WR - Illinois), Sam Bradford (QB - Oklahoma),
Dez Bryant (WR - Oklahoma St.), Graig Cooper (RB - Miami-FL), Kendall Hunter (RB - Oklahoma St.), Julio Jones (WR - Alabama), Taylor Potts (QB - Texas Tech), Terrelle Pryor (QB - Ohio State), Zac Robinson (QB - Oklahoma St.), Charles Scott (RB - LSU), Jevan Snead (QB - Ole Miss), Joe Webb (QB - UAB), and Juice Williams (QB - Illinois)

Spotlight Players

Golden Tate (WR - Notre Dame) - See above.

Jerry Hughes (DE - TCU) - Hughes led the TCU to an onslaught of BYU. Despite the capabilities of Max Hall, Hughes led the TCU defense to a complete shut down of BYU. Hughes has been under the radar for most of the season as he has been the bastion of the Horned Frogs Defense and one of the most consistent pass rushers in college football (he leads the Mountain West in sacks).

Jahvid Best (RB- California) - Best took advantage of the Washington St. defense. He ran for 160 yards and two 2 TDs on three carries. Best also added a 27 yard touchdown reception. It will be difficult for Best to bounce back since his worst performances came at the most critical points in the season; however, his name should not be abandoned from the discussion just yet.


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1 comment:

  1. Wow, nice to see Mark Ingram finally crack the top 10. Where ya been on that one???? Ingram has had a stellar year and should have been up there all along.

    Unfortunately, I don't see how it could come down to anyone but Tebow and Ingram at this point. There has been a number of stellar performances for lower profile players, but Heisman voting is all about popularity and it was gonna be McCoy, Tebow, and Bradford's for the taking, but Bradford got hurt, McCoy has been simply OK, and now Ingram has stepped up in a big way.

    Dion Lewis is beyond belief as a freshman but he's small - he'll be one to watch in the coming years if he can stay healthy.

    Clauson is finally living up to the billing and is having a stellar year but it's not gonna be enough.

    Case Keenum of Houston has the numbers, but a loss to UTEP and the fact that my ma never heard his name before means he doesn't have a shot.

    McCoy - not good enough numbers.

    So it will be between Tebow and Ingram. Knowing the politics and all behind the system, it's going to be Tebow. Yaaaawwwwwnnnnn.....