Tuesday, October 5, 2010

2010 Heisman Hopefuls VIII

Top 10

1. Kellen Moore (QB - Boise St.) - Moore had modest numbers against New Mexico State despite a 59 - 0 victory by the Broncos. Moore was limited to the first half and the first drive of the 3rd Quarter. In that time he was quite efficient as he achieved a completion percentage of 72.2% and a passer rating of 218.69. He managed three TDs and 196 passing yards. In-Conference opponent Nevada has proven to be a surprise team and is now ranked number 21 which can help offer another competitive opponent for the Broncos in order to better gage their ability.

2. Mark Ingram (RB - Alabama) - Ingram was held to under 150 for the first time this season against Florida; however, he kept up his streak of two touchdown games and, more importantly, Alabama defeated Florida in a critical SEC game. The Crimson Tide effectively used Trent Richardson to help change up the pace in order to sustain drives through much of the first half. Ingram also seemed to appear in the passing game which could make him an even more dangerous tool in addition to being an effective runner an blocker.

3. Denard Robinson (QB - Michigan) - Robinson is currently the nation's leading rusher with over 900 yards. Robinson has had his most impressive game of the season so far as he set season (and career) highs in passing and rushing. Robinson threw for 277 yards and 3 TDs in addition to 217 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs. Robinson's ability to create the big play was quite evident in this game as he threw or rushed in 7 plays for over 27 yards of which 3 which went for 70 or more. He also showed a keen ability to produce the "big play" as he scored the game winning touchdown with 7 seconds left in the game.

4. Terrelle Pryor (QB - Ohio State) - Pryor breifly exited Saturday's game against Illinois with a leg injury but returned allowing the Buckeyes to seal of the victory. Pryor proved the effective of his mobility by running for several key gains which amounted to 104 yards on the ground. Despite his longest completion only being 16 yards, Pryor proved effective in the Red-zone with two passing touchdowns. His versatility is currently leading the Buckeyes to an undefeated season at 5 - 0.

5. LaMichael James (RB - Oregon) - James had his best game of the season against the toughest opponent hitherto. James was an absolute work-horse against Stanford as he carried the ball 31 time for 257 yards in a decesive victory. James averaged a remarkable 8.3 yards per carry which is phenomenial considering the number of touches he had. Despite being down 21 - 3 after the first quarter, James was a bigger part of the first two drives of the second quarter. He had two key rushes on the first drive which resulted in first downs allowing the Ducks to score their first TD of the game. Then after a recovered onside kick, James scored the second touchdown which brought the score to 21 - 17. James remained a lethal ground threat throughout the game as the Ducks took the lead in the 3rd quarter and never looked back.

6. Patrick Peterson (CB/KR - LSU) - Peterson continued to be a bigger factor in the return game as he averaged setting up the LSU offense at the 24 yard line after kickoffs. He had another solid punt return of 26 yards. However, his most critical contribution to the victory over Tennessee has to be the fact that he led the LSU secondary to limiting the Tennessee passing game to only 121 yards. As a Junior, his draft stock is going through the roof. Peterson has locked himself into the top ten and it will not be a surprise at all if he is taken in the top five.

7. Andrew Luck (QB - Stanford) - The game against Oregon had a disappointing finish. Stanford has not had a probably getting off to hot starts, but now that the team was matched up against another capable squad it had difficulty preserving its lead. Three turnovers in the second half (including two Luck interceptions) were absolute killers for the Stanford offense. Luck should the poise to continue to lead the team, but the turnovers and the inability to score on fourth and goal cost the Cardinal the ability to salvage themselves.

8. Ryan Mallett (QB - Arkansas) - Mallett had a nice week to think about the loss to Alabama last week. The next game against Texas A&M should be an arieal showdown could leave Mallett with some impressive numbers.

9. DeMarco Murray (RB - Oklahoma) - Murray was a key component in the victory over Texas. Murray was a force to be reckoned with on the ground as he ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns. There is no doubt that Murray is one of the most skilled runners in college football. The interesting factor about him has been the increased load in the passing game. Murray saw increments in receptions last year, but this year he has had at least four receptions in all the games except for the one against Utah State in which he ran for over 200 yards. This solidified aspect makes him an even more dangerous player (and hazard for opposing coordinators).

10. John Clay (RB - Wisconsin) - Clay was held to no touchdowns and under 100 yards for the first time this season which resulted in the first loss of the season for the Badgers to Michigan State.

Honorable Mention

QB: Matt Barkley (USC), John Brantley (Florida), Andy Dalton (TCU), Nick Foles (Arizona), Jacory Harris (Miami-FL), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Jake Locker (Washington), Greg McElroy (Alabama), Christian Ponder (Florida St.), Taylor Potts (Texas Tech), Ricky Stanzi (Iowa), and Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech)

RB: Ralph Bolden (Purdue), Noel Devine (WVU), Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma St.), Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina), Dion Lewis (Pittsburgh), Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon St.), Evan Royster (Penn St.), Daniel Thomas (RB - Kansas St.), and Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech)

WR: Jonathan Baldwin (Pittsburgh), Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma), Michael Flyod (Notre Dame), A.J. Green (Georgia), Damaris Johnson (Tulsa), Julio Jones (Alabama), and James Rodgers (Oregon St.)

High Tide & Deep Water

Graig Cooper (RB - Miami-FL), Case Keenum (QB - Houston), Tate Forcier (QB - Michigan), & Jeremiah Masoli (QB - Mississippi)

Spotlight Players

Statistics Table - Week 5 saw an absolute explosing of impressive numbers. Two Wide Receivers caught for over 200 yards: Tandan Doss (Indiana) and Kealoha Pilares (Hawaii); Pilares' teammate Greg Salas was close to eclipsing the 200 mark with 197 yards. Six players ran for over two hundred yards. This groups included two Heisman Hopefuls in LaMichael James and Denard Robsinson as well as Ray Graham who rushed for 277. The other three were Matt Brown (Temple), Allen Bradford (USC), and Jonathan Franklin (UCLA). There were also two Quarterbacks who threw for over 400 yards in losses: Ben Chappell (Indiana) and Jerrod Johnson (Texas A&M). And Pilares and Salas' Quarterback Bryant Moniz brought back memories of Colt Brennan in Hawaii as he threw for over 500 yards with 4 TDs and no interceptions. This is the first time this season that a QB has thrown for over 500 yards; the first time more than four players ran for over 200 yards; and the first time two WRs haf over 200 yards.

Dan Persa (QB - Northwestern) - Now for a more traditional spotlight player. Persa led the Wildcats to a victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers to bring the Wildcats to an undefeated record of 5 - 0. Persa threw for over 300 yards and for 2 TDs in addition to scrambling for 99 yards, but his real contribution came through his leadership. While trailing by 8 in the fourth quarter, Persa led the Wildcats down field on the team's first series in the 4th as he completed all three of his passes to lead Northwestern to a TD. Unfortunately, he was unable to convert the two-point conversion; however, on his next series he was able to lead Northwestern to a field goal and leave only 1:58 for Minnesota to try to redeem itself. The Northwestern Defense forced Minnesota into two fourth downs. Adam Weber was able to scramble for a first down the first time, but the Wildcats came up with an interception on the second attempt allowing them to seal off the come-from-behind victory.


  1. Thanks for the updates. Enjoy reading them

  2. I think Cam Newton is actually the favorite to win the Heisman at this point. He needs another big win on his resume, but has an undefeated team and has excelled on the ground and through the air.