Saturday, November 14, 2009

2009 Heisman Hopefuls XII

Top 5 (Winnowed Standings) 

1. Tim Tebow (QB - Florida) - Tebow kept the Gators undefeated with 198 passing yards, a passing TD, 27 rushing yards, and a rushing TD. Tebow has led a balanced offense as his 22 total touchdowns on the season are split betweens 12 passing TDs and 10 rushing TDs. Impressively, he has also run for 605 yards this year.

2. Colt McCoy (QB - Texas) - McCoy threw for only 180 yards and two touchdowns (both to Jordan Shipley) against Baylor. Baylor has the best passing defense of any of the final four opponents for Texas during the regular season. McCoy does not have the as impressive statistics as last year (about 20 less yards and 1 less touchdown per game), but the Longhorns are undefeated and en route to the BCS Championship Game.

3. Mark Ingram (RB - Alabama) - Ingram rushed for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns against Mississippi St. He did that on only 18 carries which means that he averaged 8.2 yards per carry. He grit truly showed against Mississippi St. as he was bleeding from the mouth and was cut just above the eye, but Ingram managed to stay in the game. True Warrior.

4. Kellen Moore (QB - Boise St.) - Moore tore apart the Idaho secondary with 298 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also posted a completion percentage of 71%.

5. Toby Gerhart (RB - Stanford) -  Monstrous effort by Gerhart and the Stanford offensive line which helped Stanford pull off the upset of USC. Gerhart has officially stapled his name into the debate for Heisman with the 178 yard and 3 touchdown showcase against USC. 

Note: This week's standings have been winnowed to the top five candidates. Keenum's loss dropped him out of the top five. In similar company Keenum and Clausen were demoted to Honorable Mention since neither is on the same echelon as the players in the top five; however, the two are on the next tier. The next tier is all of the runnings backs. Devine, Dwyer, Lewis, Rodgers, and Williams are putting up similar numbers on solid teams. Mathews leads the nation in running on Fresno St., and Spiller has been one of the nation's most versatile players. 

Honorable Mention 

QBs: Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame), Case Keenum (Houston), and Max Hall (BYU) 

RBs: Noel Devine (WVU), Jonathan Dwyer (Georgia Tech), Dion Lewis (Pittsburgh), Ryan Mathews (Fresno St.), Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon St.), C.J. Spiller (Clemson), and Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech) 

WRs: Dezmon Briscoe (Kansas), 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), A.J. Green (WR- Georgia), Jacory Harris (QB - Miami-FL), 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), Todd Reesing (QB - Kansas) Zac Robinson (QB - Oklahoma St.), Evan Royster (RB - Penn St.), Charles Scott (RB - LSU), Jevan Snead (QB - Ole Miss), Ricky Stanzi (QB - Iowa), Ben Tate (RB - Auburn), Joe Webb (QB - UAB), and Juice Williams (QB - Illinois) 

Spotlight Players

Dexter McCluster (RB/WR - Ole Miss) - McCluster definitely improved his draft stock with 4 catches for  38 yards in the air along with an impressive 287 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground against Tennessee. McCluster was absolutely incredible in the open-field as he shook off tacklers one after another. 

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Tags: college football, deep water, heisman candidates, heisman hopefuls, high tide, honorable mention, ncaa, spotlight players, week 11

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