Sunday, October 18, 2009

2009 Heisman Hopefuls VIII

Top 10

1. Tim Tebow (QB - Florida)
- A very close game against Arkansas could have cost Florida a trip to the national championship game and Tebow a chance to win the Heisman Trophy; however, when it counted most, Tebow led the Gators down the field after an Arkansas missed field goal and set up a reasonable field goal for his own team which Sturgis- the Florida Kicker - rightfully nailed between the uprights.

2. Colt McCoy (QB - Texas) - Against his the most formidable opponent - Oklahoma - hitherto, McCoy had his most egregious game as he threw for an uncharacteristically low 52.5% completion percentage and turned the ball over three time (1 INT, 2 lost fumbles). Fortunately, McCoy and the Longhorns were able to escape with the victory after several key stop on fourth down against the Sooners.


3. Tony Pike (QB - Cincinnati) - Pike threw 2 Touchdowns against nationally ranked South Florida in order to maintain Cincinnati's undefeated status atop of the Big East, but the paramount news-break from this game was that Pike sustained a wrist injury and will be out for next week's game against Louisville. Hopefully, the Bearcats can remain undefeated with QB  Zach Collaros as long as Pike is out.

4. Jimmy Clausen (QB - Notre Dame) - Notre Dame and Jimmy Clausen were involved another game that came down to the final drive this season. This week it was against USC. Like last week Clausen was able to led the Fighting Irish down the field to the red-zone; however, this week was different as the final play resulted in an incompletion as the Irish fell to the mighty Trojans. Clausen did manage to throw for 257 yards and 2 TDs, and he ran in a 3 yard TD.

5. Case Keenum (QB - Houston) - Keenum led Houston to a demolition of Tulane on Saturday. Keenum threw for 334 yards and 2 Touchdowns as the Cougars defeated the Green Wave by four touchdowns.

6.
Ryan Williams (RB - VT) - Williams did all he could for the Hokies - who eventually fell from the reign atop of the ACC with a loss to Georgia Tech. Williams carried the ball 14 times for 100 yards and 1 TD, and he caught two passes for 22 yards and another TD.

7.
Jacquizz Rodgers (RB - Oregon St.) - Rodgers and the Oregon State Beavers were on a bye this week  as they prepare for their toughest opponent of the season in USC. 

8. Jahvid Best (RB- California) - Best had revived his Heisman campaign on two plays against UCLA: a 93 yard touchdown run and a 51 yard touchdown catch. Other than those two plays, Best had a weak game against the Bruins, but nevertheless Best seemed like the electric back most had expected to see this season.

9. Max Hall (QB - BYU) - Hall ripped San Deigo St. for 346 yards, 3 passing TDs, and 1 rushing TD. More importantly, Hall did not succumb an interception and the BYU Cougars added another victory as the head into the all-important game against TCU.

10. Dion Lewis (Pittsburgh) - The final spot in the top ten was tough to decide on. Todd Reesing seemed likely to jump up into the top ten after a blazing performance against Iowa State last week, but after a loss to Colorado this week he finds himself in the honorable mention. Eric Decker was held to only 1 catch, which did go for 42 yards, but the Golden Gophers lost to Penn St. without putting up a single point as he seemed off-cue with his Quarterback Weber. Noel Devine, Toby Gerhart, Jonathan Dwyer, and Mark Ingram all had fine games making themselves possible candidates for the last spot. Lewis won me over with his 177 yard and 2 TD performance against Rutgers on Friday. Lewis - a true freshman - has finally earned a spot on the top ten with a season that has filled any vacancies left by LeSean McCoy. 

Honorable Mention

QBs: Daryll Clark (Penn St.),
Jacory Harris (Miami-FL), Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan), Kellen Moore (Boise St.), Taylor Potts (Texas Tech), Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State), Todd Reesing (Kansas), and Zac Robinson (Oklahoma St.)

RBs: Ralph Bolden (Purdue), Noel Devine (WVU),
Jonathan Dwyer (Georgia Tech), Toby Gerhart (Stanford),  Mark Ingram (Alabama), 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), and Jordan Shipley (Texas)

High Tide &
Deep Water

Arrelious Benn (WR - Illinois), Sam Bradford (QB - Oklahoma),
Dez Bryant (Oklahoma St.), Graig Cooper (RB - Miami-FL), Kendall Hunter (RB - Oklahoma St.), Julio Jones (WR - Alabama), Charles Scott (RB - LSU), Jevan Snead (Ole Miss), Joe Webb (UAB), and Juice Williams (QB - Illinois)

Spotlight Players

Josh Nesbitt (QB - Georgia Tech) - Nesbitt led the option offense of Georgia Tech to an upset victory over the first place ACC Virginia Tech. Nesbitt ran for 122 yards and 3 TDs. He didn't have the most prolific day through the air, but he helped earn the victory which has give the Yellow Jackets the best overall record in the ACC.


Mark Ingram (RB - Alabama) - With his second appearance as a spotlight player, Ingram led the Alabama Crimson Tide to an routing of South Carolina. Ingram was absolutely explosive as he averaged 10.4 yards every time he touched the ball. What made this average so special was that he didn't have 5 or 6 touches, Ingram had 26 which amounts to 270 total yards for Ingram. With this performance he has also joined the honorable mention.

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