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pittsburghp8baller
10-19-2007, 09:25 AM
by Pete Fiutak

Let's cut through the garbage, the pomp, the circumstance, the PR BS, and the hype surrounding the greatest individual award in all of sports. The Heisman Trophy goes to the most celebrated quarterback or running back from a top BCS team or a top 25 non-BCS program, and while others will be acknowledged here if they have any prayer of potentially finishing in the top five, it'll take something extraordinary to get on this list. Let's not pretend the hot Sun Belt back or the dual threat MAC quarterback has an honest chance.

This isn't a ranking of the best players or top NFL prospects. This is an attempt to put the finger on the pulse of the Heisman chase. So without further ado, here are the current favorites AT THE MOMENT (and this will changed week after week with players moving in and out of categories

No Current Chance To Win It, But Deserves To Be In The Discussion

QB Brian Brohm, Sr. Louisville
Last Week: Brohm completed 28 of 38 passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns in the 28-24 win over Cincinnati
If Louisville makes any sort of a comeback run in Big East play, Brohm will get the attention as the one who's making it happen. He's taking over the Darren McFadden role as the superstar Heisman candidate doing everything he can for an average team.

RB Steve Slaton, Jr. West Virginia
TWO WEEKS AGO: 15 carries for 69 yards in the win over Syracuse
After being shut down in the loss to South Florida, Slaton needed a big game to get back in the hunt, and he didn't get it in the win over Syracuse. He's still alive to be a finalist, but the stats have to start coming again so he can get noticed.

QB Tim Tebow, Soph. Florida
TWO WEEKS AGO: 12 of 26 for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and ran 16 times for 67 yards and a touchdown, in the 28-24 loss to LSU
With two straight losses, his chances to win the whole ball of wax are over, but if Florida wins out, and that includes the SEC title, he's in New York, and he's the probable front runner going into 2008. A win over Kentucky this week would do wonders.

QB Pat White, Jr. West Virginia
TWO WEEKS AGO: 12 of 15 for 148 yards and a touchdown, and 14 carries for 89 yards and a score before getting hurt in the win over Syracuse
When he's in, he's still terrific, but now he's starting to get battered. He has no shot of winning, but if he leads the Mountaineers to the Big East title, he's a finalist. He has to get healthy first.

On The Radar, But The World Is Looking For More

WR Michael Crabtree, RFr. Texas Tech
Last Week: Crabtree caught eight passes for 170 yards in the 35-7 win over Texas A&M
You know he's having a great season when eight catches for 170 yards is seen as a slight disappointment. He might not have gotten into the end zone against A&M, but he all but broke the game open with a big catch and run at the end of the first half to set up a touchdown.

QB Dennis Dixon, Sr. Oregon
Last Week: Dixon completed 21 of 28 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 16 yards and a score, in the 53-7 win over Washington State.
Dixon kickstarted his Heisman chances again after the loss to Cal. Now Oregon is the "it" team in the Pac 10, and Dixon is quickly growing into Player of the Year material. The big games coming up against USC, UCLA and Arizona State will make or break his chances to get to New York.

RB Darren McFadden, Jr. Arkansas
Last Week: McFadden ran 17 times for 43 yards in the 9-7 loss to Auburn.
It's over. He could still have a huge day against someone like LSU and maybe, maybe, sneak into the top five, but while almost everyone acknowledges that he's one of the best players in the country, the Hogs are 0-3 in SEC play and he's coming off a 43-yard day against Auburn.

RB Ray Rice, Jr. Rutgers
THURSDAY NIGHT: 39 carries for 181 yards in the 30-27 win over South Florida
From being out of the race to a fringe favorite in just two games, his 181-yard workmanlike day in the win over South Florida on national TV put him back on the map. Now he has to do it again in a win over West Virginia to really be a candidate.

The True Favorites

QB Colt Brennan, Sr. Hawaii
Last Week: Brennan completed 44 of 75 passes for 545 yards and four touchdowns with four interceptions, and ran for a touchdown, in the 42-35 win over San Jose State.
It was a muddy track, he threw four picks, and he struggled at times, but Brennan pulled off a Heisman-caliber comeback to beat San Jose State, complete with a clutch overtime throw. He's being eclipsed by Texas Tech's Graham Harrell as the "numbers" candidate, but he's still having a whale of a season.

QB Graham Harrell, Jr. Texas Tech
Last Week: Harrell completed 30 of 37 passes for 425 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for a score in the win over Texas A&M
Basically, he's doing what Colt Brennan is doing against better teams. Now he's rolling up Big 12 defenses, and the numbers are becoming too amazing to ignore. In a year when no one is stepping up in the Heisman chase, if he keeps leading Tech to win, he might be the obvious choice. If the Red Raiders somehow win the Big 12 South, he's the only choice.

QB Matt Ryan, Sr. Boston College
Last Week: Ryan completed 32 of 49 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns with an interception in the 27-14 win over Notre Dame.
With South Florida's loss to Rutgers, BC will likely move up to the No' 2 spot in the BCS rankings, and could even go higher if Ohio State is upset by Michigan State. Ryan is the face of the team, and if he can come up with a brilliant performance in a win over Virginia Tech when the whole world is watching, he's guaranteed a spot in New York.

QB Andre Woodson, Sr. Kentucky
Last Week: Woodson completed 21 of 38 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions and a rushing touchdown in the 43-37 win over LSU
The stats might not have been amazing, but he's the one who led the way to a win over LSU. If he outduels Tim Tebow and beats Florida, then he could be the favorite for a few weeks. At the very least, the Heisman eye will be on him.

And The Current Leader In The Clubhouse Is ...

RB Mike Hart, Sr. Michigan
Last Week: Hart ran 21 times for 102 yards and a touchdown before injuring his ankle in the 48-21 win over Purdue.
The legend is starting to build, and the Heisman story is there. He guaranteed a win over Notre Dame. He carried the team out of the abyss and into the thick of the Big Ten chase. He's been a steady weekly producer despite having everyone in the stadium focusing on him. Now, he has to overcome a banged up ankle, and if he can gut it out and come up with a big game against Illinois on national TV, the little back with the big heart will be on everyone's ballot when the year is done. If Michigan wins out, ruins Ohio State's season along the way, and gets into the Rose Bowl, and if Hart continues to do what he's been doing, it'll be hard to vote for anyone else.

CantStop85
10-19-2007, 11:48 AM
If Graham Harrell or Colt Brennan get it, it'll be a joke.

I'd put Andre Woodson over Mike Hart at this point just because of team success, but of course I'm biased so...

KYSteelersfan
10-19-2007, 12:01 PM
Im biased for Andre Woodson also. Although, it's highly unlikely he will get it, but, hey the season ain't over yet.

revefsreleets
10-19-2007, 12:40 PM
Why is Brian Brohm considered out of the running? He's having a monster season playing really good competition. These are his stats halfway through 2007. 98% of QB's won't put up these kinds of numbers over the whole year.

68% completion
2800 yards passing
23 TD's to only 4 Int's
168.74 efficiency

Yeah, his team sucks, but he carries them on his back. I have him as my frontrunner.

pittsburghp8baller
10-19-2007, 03:24 PM
Why is Brian Brohm considered out of the running? He's having a monster season playing really good competition. These are his stats halfway through 2007. 98% of QB's won't put up these kinds of numbers over the whole year.

68% completion
2800 yards passing
23 TD's to only 4 Int's
168.74 efficiency

Yeah, his team sucks, but he carries them on his back. I have him as my frontrunner.

thats one of the biggest factor in deciding the heisman, unfortuanetly. if it was based under individual performance than colt brennan would of won the heisman last year not troy smith (even u as a buckeye fan can agreee, i hope)

revefsreleets
10-19-2007, 04:16 PM
Colt Brennen has a much steeper path to the Heisman then Brohm. There is massive disparity in the level of competition between the Big East and the WAC, and the voters are aware of that.

As for the success of the team around the Heisman candidates, yeah, it matters, but it's not like Louisville plays in the MAC and will be 3-9 this year. Harrell at Texas Tech is one of this guys favorites. Texas Tech? C'mon.

pittsburghp8baller
10-19-2007, 06:46 PM
Colt Brennen has a much steeper path to the Heisman then Brohm. There is massive disparity in the level of competition between the Big East and the WAC, and the voters are aware of that.

As for the success of the team around the Heisman candidates, yeah, it matters, but it's not like Louisville plays in the MAC and will be 3-9 this year. Harrell at Texas Tech is one of this guys favorites. Texas Tech? C'mon.

texas tech is 6-1 and plays in the big 12. throw in his numbers. if they can get to 10 or 11 wins i dont see why he couldnt/shouldnt win the heisman

Steeler in Carolina
10-19-2007, 07:35 PM
I'd vote for Woodson right now.

revefsreleets
10-19-2007, 07:49 PM
Texas Tech has played 2 teams that are worth anything, and they lost to one of them. And neither Texas A&M or Oklahoma State are as good as some of the teams Brohm has already lit up. Texas Tech has a backloaded schedule with games left against Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Baylor and Oklahoma. They could lose all of those.

pittsburghp8baller
10-19-2007, 08:27 PM
Texas tech will beat missouri 2morrow (missouri has 100 something ranked pass defense). i see them beating baylor and colorado. the big games will be against texas and oklahoma. if he beats at least one and has a good showing in the other i could see him in new york

GoFins11
10-20-2007, 03:19 PM
Tebow just threw a 66 yard TD pass.:cheer:

This heisman race is going to be interesting. A lot of good players out there.

revefsreleets
10-20-2007, 06:10 PM
Missouri destroyed Texas Tech. That was pretty much a no-brainer anyway.

Steeler in Carolina
10-20-2007, 09:04 PM
I guess Woodson lost his chance today. They guy that would have had a shot if he could have stayed healthy this year is Pat White from WV.

GoFins11
10-20-2007, 09:26 PM
I guess Woodson lost his chance today.

He made some bad throws today. His stats looked pretty good at the end.

Blitzburgh Gator
10-21-2007, 02:00 AM
I dont think Woodson is out of it yet by a long shot. He had 415 yards and 4 TD's. They would need to win out, but he's still in the running. They have a great offense.

And if that writer honestly believes Tebow is out of the race he's crazy. He would finish in the top 3 if they voted today.


Great game yesterday Kentucky fans. You guys are very good!

Elvis
10-26-2007, 06:15 PM
I like Mike Hart from Michigan.. the young man is the Heart N Soul of that Michigan team that isnt out of that conference race just yet. They Are Gonna Upset Ohio State in the finale.... Write It Down... You Heard it First Right Here From Me... Michigan will Win!!!
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Now, of course... I like the Boston College QB as well.. he just makes plays when he has too... reminds me of Brian St. Pierre when he was there at BC and they almost upset Miami, FLa.... that win for Miami was the closest they came to losing a game that year...

pittsburghp8baller
10-26-2007, 10:26 PM
after the other night i dont see how matt ryan isnt the frontrunner

Steeler in Carolina
10-27-2007, 05:22 PM
Ok. Now I think Woodson played himself out of the Heisman. I didn't watch the game, put this was a bad loss to Mississippi St. Woodson had 230 yds 2 td 3 int. I think he is done as far as the Heisman goes.

revefsreleets
10-28-2007, 07:29 AM
I'm going with Ryan, too. Those last drives were things of beauty against VT, and they are classic "Heisman moments".

Haiku_Dirtt
10-28-2007, 09:35 PM
Dennis Dixon is rising bigtime. And with his partner-in-crime Jonathan Stewart the Ducks have what might be the most lethal and credible offensive attack in the country.

revefsreleets
10-29-2007, 08:13 AM
Can the Ducks win out? Unfortuantely, the Heisman is tied more and more to the teams overall success. BC has the path of least resistance right now.

Steeler in Carolina
11-03-2007, 11:01 PM
Ryan just opened the race back up today. Lose to FSU will hurt his chances. I think Dixon from Oregon now jumps back up.

revefsreleets
11-05-2007, 10:42 AM
Yeah, he was impressive. I've only seen him play twice this year, but he's the real deal.