Sunday, November 22, 2009

2009 Heisman Hopefuls XIII

Top 10

1. Tim Tebow (QB - Florida) - Tebow and the Gators toyed with Florida International. Tebow had 215 yards and 2 TDs via the air and 107 yards and a TD via the ground. His undefeated Gators face two tough challenges to finish the season against Florida St. and then Alabama.

2. Colt McCoy (QB - Texas) - As expected, McCoy led the Longhorns to a hefty defeat of Kansas. En route to a 51 to 20 win, McCoy threw for 396 yards and 4 touchdowns in addition to 29 yards on the ground and a completion percentage of 78%.

3. Mark Ingram (RB - Alabama) - Ingram had a showcase game against Chattanooga. He had 102 yards and 2 TDs on only 11 rushes. Alabama is about to hit the final stretch of the season as they face Auburn and then Florida. These two games, especially the final one, will define the Heisman campaign for Ingram.

4. Kellen Moore (QB - Boise St.) - Kellen Moore did not have the most impressive statistical performance against Utah St, but he kept his balanced Broncos undefeated as they turned to the running games against the Aggies.

5. Toby Gerhart (RB - Stanford) - Stanford did just fall to Cal by 6 points after an exciting game; however, Gerhart managed to record 136 yards and 4 TDs on the ground which included a big 61 yard TD run to start the game off. Gerhart will have the opportunity to put an exclamation mark on this incredible season against Notre Dame.

6. C.J. Spiller (RB - Clemson) - Spiller had 25 touches for 114 yards and a TD. Spiller has been a critical component in helping Clemson clinch the ACC Atlantic allowing Clemson one more game against Georgia Tech for the championship and the opportunity for a major bowl bid. With games against South Carolina and Georgia Tech left on National Television, Spiller will have the chance to showcase his skills in the final weeks on the season for a mass audience.

7. Case Keenum (QB - Houston) - Keenum has had only one game with less than 359 yards this season. He continued this video game like onslaught with 405 yards and 5 TDs against Memphis. With his system stats, Keenum could have been the Heisman front-runner at this point had the Houston Cougars not let up there guard for two upsets this season.

8. Jacquizz Rodgers (RB - Oregon St.) - Quizz took advantage of far-margined underdog Washington St. as he ran for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also added 5 catches for 39 yards. Oregon St.'s next matchup will be against in-state foe Oregon for the Pac-10 championship and a seat in the Rose Bowl. Rodgers will have a chance to showcase his skills in comparison to LaMichael James - stand out running back and Heisman hopefuls for Oregon.

9. Ryan Williams (RB - Virginia Tech) - Williams has stupendous for Virginia Tech on the goal-line against North Carolina St. He had three TDs on the goal-line and added another just inside the red zone accumulating to 4 TDs on the ground. Williams also had 132 yards in the game.

10. Golden Tate (WR - Notre Dame) - Tate had his third consecutive game with 9 receptions, a TD catch, and over 100 yards. Unfortunately all three games have resulted in Notre Dame loses. Tate also had a TD pass this past game. Tate has been critical in the absence of Michael Flyod allowing the Irish at every least to be bowl eligible.

Honorable Mention 

QBs: Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame) and Max Hall (BYU) 

RBs: Jonathan Dwyer (Georgia Tech), LaMichael James (Oregon), and Dion Lewis (Pittsburgh)

WRs: Dezmon Briscoe (Kansas) and Jordan Shipley (Texas)

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), Noel Devine (RB - WVU), Marshawn Gilliard (WR - Cincinnati), A.J. Green (WR- Georgia), Jacory Harris (QB - Miami-FL), Kendall Hunter (RB - Oklahoma St.), Julio Jones (WR - Alabama), Dan LeFevour (QB - Central Michigan), Ryan Mathews (RB - Fresno St.), 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

Freddie Barnes (WR - BGSU) - Barnes had another impressive game as he caught 12 passes for 197 yards and 2 TDs. Barnes is the nation's leading receiver and has gone under the radar for most of the season, so I'd like to commend him with well earned respect for this great game and his impressive season.

Danario Alexander (WR - Mizz) - Like Barnes, Alexander has been on a tear, especially of lately. In his last 4 games Alexander has accumulated 710 yards and 7 touchdowns and his Missouri Tigers have gone 3 and 1 in that stretch. He recently opened up for 173 yards and a TD against Iowa State.

Connecticut Huskies - Congratulations on the thrilling win against Notre Dame and being able to rise above such a tragedy. After only 7 years in the FBS, the University of Connecticut has become legitimate contender in college football.

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