Sunday, November 8, 2009

2009 Heisman Hopefuls XI

Top 10

1. Tim Tebow (QB - Florida)
-Tebow led the Gators to a 27-3 victory over Vanderbilt after a controversy endeavored week. Tebow threw and ran for a touchdown bringing his season total to twenty. 

2. Colt McCoy (QB - Texas) - McCoy reminded critics of the spectacular statistics he is capable showcasing by throwing for 470 yards a two touchdowns - most of to roommate Jordan Shipley - against UCF. Like I stated last week, McCoy is facing favorable passing defenses which should return some owed respect in terms of statistics for McCoy.

3. Mark Ingram (RB - Alabama) -Winning is a big part of the Heisman campaign. The Crimson Tide's undefeated campaign has begun to rest upon the effectiveness of Ingram with the inconsistencies of McElroy and Jones. Everyone knows Ingram is a do-it-all back, but what is most impressive about Ingram - which definitely showed against LSU - is that he has his biggest games against the biggest opponents.

4. Case Keenum (QB - Houston) - Another 500 yard passing game for Keenum; however, this game came extremely close to ending Keenum's Heisman campaign as a second loss would have crushed any hope. Keenum led the Cougars down the field and and threw his third touchdown of the game which brought Houston within 2 points of Tulsa with under a minute left. The Cougars 2 point conversion was unsuccessful. After a miraculous onside kick, Keenum went on to throw another completion which set up a 51 yard field. Freshman kicker Matt Hogan hit the 51 yarder to save the game for the Cougars.

5Kellen Moore (QB - Boise St.) - Boise St. played in a relatively closer game then most expected of the Broncos to play against Louisiana Tech. Moore threw for 354 yards and 3 touchdowns. He still has the highest passer rating in the FBS.

6. Toby Gerhart (RB - Stanford) - Gerhart was BIG in the upset against Oregon. 3 rushing touchdowns on 223 yards and 38 carries. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry. Gerhart now has the second most rushing yards and touchdowns in the FBS.

7. Jimmy Clausen (QB - Notre Dame) - Clausen had a solid statistical performance against Navy with 452 yards and two touchdowns - not that anyone expected otherwise; however, Clausen made his season on big victories and game winning drives and this was not evident against Navy. The Fighting Irish lost and Clausen was sacked for a safety on the final drive of the game.

8.  Ryan Mathews (RB - Fresno St.) - Mathews has yet to be inhibited for rushing for at least 100 yards in any game this season. He continued this streak against Idaho with 148 yards and three TDs. This improbable feat faces its toughest obstacle in the remaining schedule against Nevada which only allows 114 yards per game - the 30th best running defense in FBS.

9. Jonathan Dwyer (Georgia Tech) / Dion Lewis (RB - Pittsburgh) / Ryan Williams (RB - Virginia Tech) - All are 1000 yard and 9 TD backs playing for teams for successful teams (especially Dwyer and Lewis who are on one lose teams). Dwyer, Lewis, and Williams had impressive running performances this week as each ran for 189, 110, and 179 yards respectively. 

Honorable Mention 

QBs: Max Hall (BYU), Jacory Harris (Miami-FL), and Todd Reesing (Kansas) 

RBs: Noel Devine (WVU), C.J. Spiller (Clemson), Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon St.), and Ben Tate (Auburn)

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

High Tide &
Deep Water

Arrelious Benn (WR - Illinois),
Jahvid Best (RB - California), Ralph Bolden (RB - Purdue), Sam Bradford (QB - Oklahoma), Dez Bryant (WR - Oklahoma St.), Daryll Clark (QB - Penn St.), Graig Cooper (RB - Miami-FL), Eric Decker (WR - Minnesota), Kendall Hunter (RB - Oklahoma St.), Julio Jones (WR - Alabama), Dan LeFevour (QB - Central Michigan), Joe McKnight (RB - USC), Tony Pike (QB - Cincinnati), Taylor Potts (QB - Texas Tech), Terrelle Pryor (QB - Ohio State), Zac Robinson (QB - Oklahoma St.), Evan Royster (RB - Penn St.), Charles Scott (RB - LSU), Jevan Snead (QB - Ole Miss), Ricky Stanzi (QB - Iowa), Joe Webb (QB - UAB), and Juice Williams (QB - Illinois)

Spotlight Players 

Jordan Shipley (WR - Texas) - 273 yards and a TD. Yes it was against UCF, but that is both a University of Texas receiving record and the second most yards this season outside of Freddie Barnes' ridiculous 278 yard and 3 TD game.

C.J. Spiller (RB - Clemson) - 312 All-purpose yards is Spiller's career high and a new Clemson record as the Tigers defeated Florida St. Spiller ran for 165 yards and a TD, caught 67 yards and a TD, and returned 80 yards in order to set the mark.

Matt Hogan (K - Houston) - The freshman kicker was absolutely incredible for the Cougars on Saturday. He hit all four field goals and four extra points, helped successful convert a onside kick with seconds left in the game, and finally hit a 51 yard field goal to win the game for Houston as time expired. 


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