Sunday, September 14, 2008
Who Got Them Heismans? The Race Is On.
I know it's only week 3 and a lot of what happens in the next three weeks is really gonna open up the Heisman race a lot, but here's my quick break down of the top candidates so far and how each is doing. if i was a Heisman voter this is what my ballot would look like right now.
1. Chase Daniel, QB Missouri
a Heisman finalist last year, Daniel is off to another great start having already passed for 973 yards and 10 touchdowns in 3 games. Daniel's biggest tests will come against Texas and Kansas but the way the Tigers are blowing people out i could see them going undefeated in the regular season before they meet up with the Sooners in the Big 12 title game.
2. Mark Sanchez, QB Southern California
being the QB of USC never hurts your Heisman chances. i thought this season might be a little early for Sanchez as it's his first as a starter, but with the impressive performance against Virginia and then the blowout of Ohio State, it's hard not to think that the QB of the #1 team in the nation isn't gonna find himself in New York at the end of the year, still i'd be kind of surprised if he actually won it this year. i'm think 2009 will be the year of Sanchez.
3. Knowshon Moreno, RB Georgia
Georgia's All American back already has 7 touchdowns in the first 3 games and 306 yards rushing...which isn't exactly eye popping for a Heisman candidate, but with the way Stafford played on Saturday you can pretty much put all the focus of the Dawgs on number 24. as long as Georgia keeps winning and Knowshon keeps scoring then he'll be a Heisman front runner. plus who has a better highlight clip than the one above, so far?
4. Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma
right now he might be the best QB in the country with 882 yards passing and 12 touchdowns in just 3 fucking games. hell the way Auburn is playing that might be more yards and td's then Chris Todd and Kodi Burns get combined. Bradford has lead the highpowered Sooner's offense in 3 blowout wins and will face a couple of top notch college QBs in head to head matchups this season, if he can't out duel Graham Harrell and Colt McCoy then i'd expect Bradford's Heisman stock to sky rocket and can you imagine if an undefeated Oklahoma faces undefeated Missouri in the Big 12 title game? you'll have a BCS Title shot and the Heisman Trophy on the line.
5. Tim Tebow, QB Floria
the odds were stacked against Tebow winning a 2nd Heisman from the get go, and his numbers are definitely down from last year, but if Tebow can guide the Gators to the SEC title game and put up stats even close to what he did last season it would be hard to deny him another trophy. unfortunately we live in fickle times and i'm afraid the Voters will probably move on to someone else no matter how well he plays.
5 dark horses-
Jermey Maclin, WR Missouri
Joe McKnight, RB USC
Graham Harrell, QB Texas Tech
Matt Grothe, QB South Florida
Max Hall, QB BYU
5 who are out...for now-
Matt Stafford, QB Georgia
Pat White, QB West Virginia
Beanie Wells, RB Ohio State
Todd Reesing, QB Kansas
James Laurinaitis, LB Ohio State