Saturday, November 28, 2009

2009 Heisman Hopefuls XIV

Most of the Heisman Hopefuls were on showcase this week. Let's find out about this weeks big gainers and losers. 

Top 10 

1. Tim Tebow (QB - Florida) - Tebow put an exclamation mark on his career at the swap by shredding the Florida St. defense. Tebow threw for 221 yards and 3 touchdowns in addition to 90 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. The Gator also added another W as they continue on the nation's longest win streak with 22 consecutive victories. He leads. He hustles. And he wins. As the centerpiece of an undefeated SEC team, there should be no reason to doubt Tebow as the Heisman front-runner,

2. Colt McCoy (QB - Texas) - Like Tebow, McCoy has been hearing from all of the doubters. So what did he do? 304 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, 175 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, and a 33 yard punt pinning the Aggies inside their own 20. Let's just say there are going to be a few quite journalists or some hypocrites back on the McCoy bandwagon.

3. Kellen Moore (QB - Boise St.) - In what was deemed the WAC Championship Game, Kellen Moore made a statement with 262 yards and five touchdown in the air. Moore is only a sophomore, so if the Heisman winds do not blow his way this season he is definitely registering a season that may have him as the favorite for next year.

4. Toby Gerhart (RB - Stanford) - Toby "The Workhorse" Gerhart does it again. Twenty-nine carries against Notre Dame. He eclipsed the 200 yard mark with 205 yards, but that wasn't the end of it. The Workhorse also caught a 33 yard reception and threw an 18 yard touchdown on fourth down. It would be helpful if the NCAA kept track of broken tackles and yards after initial contact. There is no doubt that Gerhart would lead the nation in these two statistics. It seems that he breaks three or more tackles on every play and carries a defender for at least 5 yards.

5. C.J. Spiller (RB - Clemson) - Spiller only had 15 touches in the lose to South Carolina; however, he did showcase a Heisman moment when he ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown. He helped ignite the momentum in Clemson's favor in a critical rivalry game. But his productivity was reduced with only 14 more touches after the first play. Spiller hold the NCAA record for kickoff returns with seven in his career and is now fifth in all-purpose yards.

6. Mark Ingram (RB - Alabama) - Ingram was idled by Alabama on Friday. As one of the few programs on television, most of the nation saw Ingram being shut down as he seemed useless. The Crimson Tide turned to running backs Trent Richardson and Roy Upchurch who carried the load and helped the Crimson Tide come back to defeat the Auburn Tigers. Clearly, the undefeated season of Alabama cannot be accredited to Mark Ingram.

7. Case Keenum (QB - Houston) - At half, the Houston Cougars were on pace for at least 100 points against Rice, then they realized they were running up the score and decided to cut back against the young Owls - whose underclassmen out number the upperclassmen by almost three to one. Keenum finished with 323 yards (completion percentage of 81%) and 3 total touchdowns (2 pass, 1 rush).

8. Ryan Williams (RB - Virginia Tech) - Williams helped Tech put a beating on the Cavaliers in Charlottesville by rushing for 183 yards and adding on another four touchdown which could have been five if he had not fumbled the ball into the endzone in the fourth quarter.

9. Golden Tate (WR - Notre Dame) - The Fighting Irish loss cannot be attributed to Tate. He has absolutely magnificent, especially in the clutch. Tate caught 10 passes including a 78 yard reception in double coverage and three key grabs as ND came down the field on the final drive. Tate ended up with 201 yards and three touchdowns.

10. Jacquizz Rodgers (RB - Oregon St.) / Dion Lewis (RB - Pittsburgh) - Quizz and the Oregon St. Beavers will be playing Oregon in the Pac-10 Championship Game which will relegate an automatic bid to the winner. Lewis had a great game in the loss to West Virginia (155 yards), but a more important game lies ahead when the Panthers meet the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Big East Championship Game. 

Honorable Mention 

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

RBs: LaMichael James (Oregon)

WRs: Freddie Barnes (BGSU), 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), Jonathan Dwyer (RB - Georgia Tech), 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

Tony Pike (QB - Cincinnati) - Pike threw for a school record 6 touchdown passes in a win against Illinois. Though Illinois was not at the strength most expected at the beginning of the season, Pike and the Bearcats still avoided an upset late in the season. In addition to the 6 touchdown passes, Pike also threw for 399 yards and a completion percentage of 70%. His Heisman Campaign came to an end after missing two games due to injury, but his campaign to lead the Bearcats to a BCS Bowl Game and possibly the National Championship Game is still in the works.


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