Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2010 Heisman Hopefuls IV

Top 10

1. Kellen Moore (QB - Boise St.) - Kellen Moore lead Boise St. to comeback victory against Virginia Tech on national television. With everyone watching on Monday night, Kellen Moore did not fail to impress. He racked 3 touchdowns and 215 passing yards against the Virginia Tech D. The most memorable part of the night was Moore late game drive which helped catapult the Broncoes ahead of the Hokies with only 1:09 left on the clock. This victory has helped set up what a potential BCS Championship season.

2. Dion Lewis (RB - Pittsburgh) - The first quarter started off great for Lewis as he rushed for 42 yards on 9 carries in the first quarter. The game seemed to turn for Lewis as he was held  to only 33 more yards in the next three quarters. Lewis did rush for one touchdown, but Utah adjustments after the first quarter just kept Lewis relatively out of the game.

3. Mark Ingram (RB - Alabama) - Ingram was held out against San Jose St because of a knee injury. It is also rumored that Ingram will be held out against Penn St. Ingram does have some tough SEC games in which he can make up missed time. Depending on his form when he returns, this injury may have more significant ramifications on Ingram than many had expected.

4. Ryan Williams (RB - Virginia Tech) - Williams was not too spectacular on the ground against Boise St. as he ran for only 46 yards. There were a few glimpses of him bulldozing over players, but he did not reach the level at which he played at last year which may have cost VT as Kellen Moore was given one too many opportunites to keep his team in the game. However, Williams was reliable in the red zone as he punched in 2 rushing TDs and caught on reciving TD.

5. LaMichael James (RB - Oregon) - LaMichael James was suspended for an offseason incident. Hopefully, he will be ready against SEC opponent Tennessee next week.

6. Case Keenum (QB - Houston) - Stats. Stats Stats. Ready? Keenum had 274 passing yards and 5 TDs. That is a mediocre game for Case Keenum; however, it only required one half of football to complete, so Keenum continues to impress.

7. Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State) - The hype for Pryor season seems to be no fluke, well at least for the first game against Marshall. Pryor threw for 247 yards and 3 TDs in a crushing victory. Pryor only managed 17 yards on the ground; this game was not too close, but one should expect Pryor to be more prolific on the ground when Ohio State needs to open up the field more later in the season.

8. Jake Locker (QB - Washington) - Locker's candidacy took a shot as Washington lost to BYU. Locker passed for 266 yards and 1 TD. Locker's statistics have been decent, but the loses have been what have kept Locker out of serious Heisman contention. Locker showed his game changing ability and his reliability (and some clutch) when he lead the Huskies late in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, he was not clutch enough and failed to convert two fourth downs in the fourth quarter. Locker also ran for a TD, but the loss looms over as all the other Hopeful Quarterbacks won their games.

9. Jacquizz Rodgers (RB - Oregon St.) - Quizz rushed for 75 yards and 1 TD. The most surprising matter in the game was the Quizz was held without a reception for the entire game. Despite not having Jerry Hughes, the TCU defense was able to contain Rodgers and abate him from having an explosive runs; his longest run was only 16 yards.

10. A.J. Green (WR - Georgia) - Green was held out because of an on-going investigation into his involvement with an agent. Green was the only player here significantly hurt by his absense because his presense in the Top 10 as a WR is a long-shot.

Honorable Mention

QB: Matt Barkley (USC), John Brantley (Florida), Andy Dalton (TCU), Denard Robinson (Michigan), Jacory Harris (Miami-FL), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Andrew Luck (Stanford), Ryan Mallett (Arkansas), Greg McElroy (Alabama), Christian Ponder (Florida St.), Taylor Potts (Texas Tech), Ricky Stanzi (Iowa), and Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech)

RB: Ralph Bolden (Purdue), John Clay (Wisconsin), Noel Devine (WVU), Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma St.), DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma), and Evan Royster (Penn St.)

WR: Jonathan Baldwin (Pittsburgh), Michael Flyod (Notre Dame), Damaris Johnson (Tulsa), Julio Jones (Alabama), and James Rodgers (Oregon St.)

High Tide & Deep Water

Tate Forcier (QB - Michigan) - Forcier lost the starting QB job to Denard Robinson.

Graig Cooper (RB - Miami-FL) & Jeremiah Masoli (QB - Mississippi)

Spotlight Players

Jordan Wynn (QB - Utah) - Wynn lead the Utes to an upset over the Pittsburgh Panthers in overtime. Particularly, Wynn's quick decision-making against the Pitt Defense - which has one of the best pass rushes in the NCAA helped Utah to keep the ball moving. He remained particularly poised in the pocket despite a clear presense from Greg Romeus and Jabaal Sheard. Wynn finished with 283 pass yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and, most importantly, a W versus the fifteenth ranked team.

Daniel Thomas (RB - Kansas St.) - Thomas was part of an absolute bull rush on the ground by the Kansas State Wildcats against UCLA. K-St. rushed for over 300 yards - 234 of which were by Thomas. Thomas had 2 TDs including a 35 yard run which helped seal off the game in the fourth quarter. One of the most impressive statistics for Thomas was that he averaged 8.2 yards on 28 carries. 8.2 yards/carry is a great number for small loads games. 8.2 yards/carry for just under 30 carries is incredible.

Notes: Three Heisman Hopefuls did not play in the first week despite having scheduled games. Ingram and James are in safe territory because both players have tougher opponents later in the season which can make up for lost time. Green has some tough opponents as well but any inconsistency as the WR spot will make it extremely difficult to contend for the Trophy, so it will be imperative that he is back on the field soon. Additionally, Kendall Hunter seems to be revived to his 2008 form which puts him on the cusp of the Top 10.

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