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Koopa 07-17-2006 03:31 PM

2006 preview: Top 100 Heisman candidates
i think it's gonna be adrian peterson, the dude is a beast, even though he was last year he still had a good season. but quinn is the favorite basically cause of his school, coach, and his semi hot least they have one 'horn in the top 20..............who do y'all think will win it??


100. QB Jeff Rowe, Nevada ? Our own Mr. Irrelevant has honed his game each of the last two seasons, and now in his third year in Chris Ault?s system, could surpass last year?s 27 touchdowns and 3,169 yards of total offense.

99. QB Steven Moffett, UCF ? Moffett finally emerged as a consistent quarterback in 2005, more than doubling his touchdowns and cutting down his picks, and will be at the helm of a UCF squad that?s going to challenge for mid-major supremacy in 2006.

98. RB Micah Andrews, Wake Forest ? Andrews will be this year?s edition of a Demon Deacon back that rushes for more than 1,000 yards in complete anonymity. The bruiser exploded for 400 yards in Wake?s first three games before giving way to senior Chris Barclay.

97. RB Javon Ringer, Michigan State ? The shifty Ringer will once again complement the Spartan passing attack one year after leading the team in rushing as a true freshman and averaging nearly seven yards a carry.

96. RB Mike Hamilton, Oklahoma State ? Along with WR D?Juan Woods, Hamilton was the only playmaker the Cowboys could rely on last season. As a freshman and with little support from the passing game, he ran for 961, highlighted by 355 yards in back-to-back games versus Texas and Texas Tech.

95. FB Adam Ballard, Navy ? A monster season awaits Ballard, who was a godsend at the end of 2005, steamrolling three bad defenses for 488 yards on just 62 carries in the Middies? three final games. He?ll be the first option in an offense that led the nation in rushing last year.

94. QB Rocky Hinds, UNLV ? If Heisman Trophies are contagious, this former USC Trojan might just sneak up on the favorites this year. Hinds has the arm and the opportunity to lead the Rebels out their decade-long slumber.

93. S Eric Weddle, Utah ? If the Heisman truly went to the game?s most outstanding player, Weddle would belong somewhere in the top 50. He?s one of those rare defensive players that can change the momentum of a game with his ability to make big plays and create turnovers.

92. WR Ryne Robinson, Miami (OH) ? Once just a special teams dynamo, Robinson has honed his game to become one of the MAC?s most polished receivers. He enters the 2006 season as college football?s active leader in all-purpose yards.

91. RB Justin Forsett, Cal ? Even as Marshawn Lynch?s caddy, Forsett raced for just a yard shy of an unlikely 1,000-yard season in 2005. He?ll remain a backup in 2006, but if Lynch happens to go down, Forsett has already shown that the drop-off is hardly detectable.

90. RB L.V. Whitworth, Boston College ? The Eagles? recent running-game-by-committee makes individual honors a reach, however, Whitworth is the team?s lead back and the best bet to grind out notable numbers between the tackles.

89. RB Stevie Hicks, Iowa State ? When Hicks is healthy, he?s in the tier right behind Oklahoma?s Adrian Peterson in the Big 12 running back pecking order. The problem is, it?s been a while since he was at full strength for an entire season.

88. QB Trent Edwards, Stanford ? Unlike last year, Edwards is healthy and grasping Walt Harris? offense, indications he?ll reach his vast potential just in the nick of time. He also gets back his best receiver, 6-7 Evan Moore, who sat out 2005 with a separated shoulder.

87. RB Josh Allen, Maryland ? NFL scouts are already chirping about Allen, who sat out last with an ACL tear, but hopes to regain his 2004 form and the starting job currently held by 2005 rushing leader Lance Ball.

86. QB Kevin Kolb, Houston ? In Art Briles? offense, the potential always exists for Kolb to ring up eye-popping numbers, but it just hasn?t happened the last two seasons. With NFL scouts watching closer than ever, he needs to close his Cougar career with production reminiscent of his freshman year.

85. QB Willie Tuitama, Arizona ? Tuitama?s realistic timetable for these discussions is at least another year away, however, the instant spark he lit under the ?Cat offense as a freshman has left everyone wondering what he can do with a full year as the undisputed starter.

84. QB Jordan Palmer, UTEP ? Inconsistency is the one thing you can always count on with Palmer, who?s thrown 62 touchdowns the last three seasons to go along with a maddening 50 interceptions. With one year of eligibility remaining, he ought to dust off game film of big brother Carson?s senior season for inspiration.

83. QB Jared Zabransky, Boise State ? Never count out a Boise State quarterback, even one that was picked 16 times in 2005 and closed the year by getting the Bronx cheer from the home crowd in the MPC Computers Bowl.

82. RB Charlie Jones, Miami ? Jones appears here on a contingency basis. If starter Tyrone Moss is healthy, Jones will once again be a terrific change-of-pace complement. If Moss is slow to recover from last November?s ACL injury, Jones has the potential to be one of this year?s sleepers.

81. QB Reggie Ball, Georgia Tech ? Hey, stranger things have happened. Ball?s been one of the nation?s least consistent quarterbacks the last three years, throwing too many picks and giving up too many sacks, but strides were made, and as long as Calvin Johnson is healthy, the potential is there for solid senior year.

80. QB John Beck, BYU ? Beck built a bridge to the Cougar past in 2005, throwing for 27 touchdowns and more than 3,700 yards in his first season as a full-timer. He?s back at the helm, but WR Todd Watkins is in the NFL, making finding a long-ball threat a high priority.
79. QB Stephen McGee, Texas A&M ? McGee is going to surprise a lot of people who believe Reggie McNeal can?t be replaced this seamlessly. He?s big, tough and very elusive outside the pocket. Post-season honors await McGee if he can lead A&M back to respectability.

78. QB
Curtis Painter, Purdue ? Painter took over for Brandon Kirsch midway through 2005 and used his freshman year as a valuable time to learn from rookie mistakes. Now, he?s ready to be the offensive leader of a unit that plans to make the most of his run-pass skills.

77. RB Amir Pinnix, Minnesota ? No matter what happens with Gary Russell later this year, Pinnix is going to get his yards in 2006. He proved that when he went for 206 yards against Michigan State last November. If Russell can?t cut it academically, Pinnix will be the next in a growing line of 1,000-yard Gopher backs.

76. RB Jamario Thomas, North Texas ? After Adrian Peterson, Thomas would be voted Most Likely to Eclipse the 2,000-Yard Barrier. He?s healthy again, has already won a national rushing title and capable of putting up ridiculous numbers against a schedule loaded with really bad defenses.

75. RB Lynell Hamilton, San Diego State ? Hey, it wouldn?t be unprecedented for an Aztec back to chase the Heisman. Marshall Faulk finished No. 2 to Gino Torretta in 1992, and new coach Chuck Long, another Heisman runner-up, plans to tap all of Hamilton?s potential in 2006.

74. RB Hugh Charles, Colorado ? In Dan Hawkins? system, the mercurial Charles has a chance to blossom into a star. He?ll get lots of touches in space and more chances than last year to display his skills as a receiver out of the backfield.

73. RB Thomas Brown, Georgia ? Brown?s one of the nation?s more underrated backs, a byproduct of his size and the bottomless Georgia backfield. He?ll be the lead Dawg again in 2006, but will need more than 20 touches a game to get serious consideration for post-season awards.

72. QB Blake Mitchell, South Carolina ? Mitchell won?t conjure up visions of Danny Wuerffel, but a second season in Steve Spurrier?s offense should mean bigger numbers and fewer bad reads. The return of Sidney Rice gives him a game-breaking target that makes other SEC hurlers jealous.

71. RB Branden Ore, Virginia Tech ? Ore wasn?t even registered at Tech this spring, but has the tools to easily be the Hokies? best weapon once his ailing right shoulder heals and he gets his act together in the classroom. As a third option in 2005, he ran for 647 yards, six touchdowns and six yards a pop as a freshman.

Koopa 07-17-2006 03:35 PM

Re: 2006 preview: Top 100 Heisman candidates
here's another part (it's pretty damn gay that you can only have a certian amount of letters in a post)


70. LB Rufus Alexander, Oklahoma – If he isn’t already, Alexander is about to become a household name outside the Big 12. He’s a disruptive defender, who makes lots of plays for negative yardage and should be on the short list for most defensive honors at the end of the regular season.

69. QB John Stocco, Wisconsin – In 2005, Stocco made the quantum leap from an anonymous cog in the Badger running game to the school’s single-season record holder for touchdowns and passing yards. With no replacement for RB Brian Calhoun in sight, Stocco may be asked to do even more this fall.

68. FB Brian Leonard, Rutgers – Leonard has become the face of Rutgers’ recent rise to respectability. He’s a horse between the tackles, but has great feet and has also caught 169 passes and 13 touchdown receptions over the past three seasons.

67. QB Brent Schaeffer, Ole Miss – A real wildcard this year, Schaeffer was last seen flashing gobs of potential as a young member of the Tennessee Volunteers. After a short and successful stint in junior college, he’s back in the SEC and determined to be the Rebs’ offensive savior.

66. WR Derrick Williams, Penn State – A broken left arm cut short Williams’ freshman year, but couldn’t prevent him from tantalizing Lion fans with his big-play potential and world-class speed. The coaching staff will invent ways to get the ball in his hands this fall, including lining him up in the backfield and taking handoffs.

65. RB Chris Wells, Ohio State – It wouldn’t exactly be unprecedented for a true freshman back from Columbus to contend for the Heisman, and Wells actually enters Ohio State rated higher than Maurice Clarett was four years ago. He won’t supplant Antonio Pittman, but after a solid spring, showed he’s ready to contribute right away.

64. RB Keegan Herring, Arizona State – That Sun Devil passing game is going to open up wide running lanes for Herring, who returned from last year’s 870-yard freshman debut a little thicker and ready to shoulder the load on the ground.

63. RB Andre Brown, North Carolina State – For a few years now, the headliners in Raleigh were on the defensive side of the ball. That ought to change in 2006 thanks to backs like Brown, a 230-pound speedster, who debuted with 667 yards in just over half a season as a true freshman.

62. QB Brian Johnson, Utah – Johnson was rapidly emerging as one of the game’s young phenoms last November when a knee injury curtailed his breakout season. If he can get healthy by September and pick up where he left off, and also hold off the charge from Brett Ratliff, the Utes will have a dynamic bridge to the Alex Smith days.

61. RB Alley Broussard or Justin Vincent, LSU – Neither Broussard nor Vincent was healthy enough to practice this spring, but both are expected to get the medical clearance necessary to suit up in August. And both have proven capable in the past of being big-time backs with 1,000-yard potential.

60. RB Chris Markey, UCLA – Along with Kahlil Bell, Markey is half of the dynamic duo that will try to replace Maurice Drew and who fueled a 300-yard running attack in last year’s Sun Bowl. Markey doesn’t have sprinter speed, but he does have shifty feet and the ability to pick up first downs as a receiver.

59. RB Jonathan Stewart, Oregon – Beginning this September, the training wheels come off Stewart, one of the biggest recruits to ever call Eugene home. The true sophomore, who backed up Terrence Whitehead a year ago, has that blend of power and speed that makes NFL scouts salivate.

58. QB Nate Longshore, Cal – Back-to-back really bad years at quarterback for Cal is unlikely. Longshore was slated to start last year, but missed all but a few series with a severe ankle injury. He’s likely to regain the top spot, where he figures to hasten WR DeSean Jackson’s trip to stardom.

57. RB Rafael Little, Kentucky – In the post-Hal Mumme era, it’s been tough for Kentucky players to get much pub, but Little is working overtime to change that trend. The nation’s top returning all-purpose runner did a little bit of everything in 2005, setting a ‘Cat single-season record with 1,982 all-purpose yards.

56. WR Sidney Rice, South Carolina – Whether or not it’s draped in hyperbole, when Steve Spurrier suggests Rice may be the best wideout he’s ever coached, you know the kid is special. He exploded for 70 catches and 13 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman, and could be even more prolific in year two with Spurrier and QB Blake Mitchell.

55. QB Dennis Dixon, Oregon – Think Vince Young with a little less size, skills and money. Once Dixon officially wins the right to replace Kellen Clemens under center, he’s liable to develop into one of the more entertaining dual-threats this side of Nashville.

54. QB Anthony Morelli, Penn State – Whether Penn State is all the way back or headed back to mediocrity hinges on the development of Morelli, the Lions’ prized recruit from 2004 and successor to Michael Robinson. Morelli showed off his cannon this spring and will be supported by a speedy cast of skill position players.

53. QB Colt McCoy, Texas – McCoy has to be mentioned because he’s the likely starting quarterback of the defending national champs. And he has to be a distant longshot because he’s never thrown a pass in college and has true freshman Jevan Snead in his rear view mirror.

52. QB Alex Brink, Washington State – Former Cougar Jerome Harrison proved in 2005 that even on a losing team, the right combination of stats and highlight reel plays can propel a kid into the top 10 in Heisman voting. Brink tossed 24 touchdown passes last year and gets back favorite target, Jason Hill.

51. DE Quentin Moses, Georgia – Moses stepped out of David Pollack’s shadow in 2005, and cast a pretty long one of his own. He finished the year with 20? tackles for loss and 11? sacks in his first year as a starter, and with a few more sacks will pick up pockets of votes in December.

50. QB Ben Olson, UCLA – Four years after being one of the most coveted high school recruits in America, Olson’s time has finally arrived. The big lefty with the rifle arm and enormous upside is about to take over the Bruin offense after watching Drew Olson light up the Pac-10 in 2006.

49. RB Antonio Pittman, Ohio State – Most years, a Buckeye back like Pittman, who ran for 1,331 yards in 2005 would belong in the Top 20, at worst. However, on a team that already boasts QB Troy Smith and WR Ted Ginn, and is set to unwrap all-everything rookie RB Chris Wells, Pittman will need to be otherworldly to be a serious contender.

48. WR Jeff Samardzija, Notre Dame – Samardzija enters the 2006 season as one of the premier wide receivers in the country after he exploded for 77 catches and 15 touchdown receptions last fall. He’s got tremendous hands and size, and as Brady Quinn’s main target, will put up huge numbers for a second straight year.

47. QB Tyler Palko, Pittsburgh – With protection, Palko showed in 2004 that he can be quite the sharpshooter. However, he spent most of 2005 ducking for cover a few seconds after dropping back to pass. And the early exit of Greg Lee means he’ll be without a reliable deep threat for the first time since becoming a starter.

46. RB Tyrone Moss, Miami – A trim and determined Moss was pretty darn good last year before tearing his ACL and missing the last third of the season. He sat out this spring and got soft around the mid-section, making off-season rehab and conditioning priorities No. 1 and No. 2 if he’s to recapture last year’s tackle-shedding form.

45. QB Bret Meyer, Iowa State – Now that Vince Young and Brad Smith are in the NFL, Meyer is suddenly the most polished quarterback in the Big 12. He came a long way as a passer in 2005, throwing for 19 touchdowns and nearly 3,000 yards, and is on the cusp of becoming one of college football’s best all-around signal-callers.

44. RB Arian Foster, Tennessee – The Tennessee offense stunk last year, but Foster didn’t. In fact, the freshman was the lone bright spot of the unit, rushing for almost 800 yards and four touchdowns in the Vols’ final five games.

43. RB Ken Darby, Alabama – The line is a year older and the quarterback is still looking for his first start, meaning the stage is set for Darby to go over 1,000 yards for the third straight year. Until John Parker Wilson gets comfy under center, the Tide will lean heavily on their all-league senior.

42. QB Colt Brennan, Hawaii – No matter the system or the competition, some voters will always gravitate toward the kind of jaw-dropping numbers Brennan is going to hang up this season. After throwing for 4,300 yards and 35 touchdowns just a couple of months after arriving in Hawaii, 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns may be within reach in 2006.

41. QB Graham Harrell, Texas Tech – Harrell’s getting pushed by Chris Todd, but should hold off the challenge and inherit the keys to Tech’s supercharged offense. He’s a far better prospect than Kliff Kingsbury, B.J. Symons, Sonny Cumbie or Cody Hodges, each of whom led the nation in passing running the same system.

40. RB Darius Walker, Notre Dame – Walker has been the unsung hero of the offense for the past two seasons, giving the Irish balance and another set of hands in the passing game. He accounted for over 1,500 yards from scrimmage last season, but loses pub playing in the same backfield as Brady Quinn.

39. WR Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech – Pound for pound, Johnson’s the best receiver in America. However, unless he has a Larry Fitzgerald circa 2003 season and Reggie Ball starts channeling Joe Hamilton, he’ll spend the year vying for the Biletnikoff Award. A Sept. 2 visit from Notre Dame gives Johnson a high-profile chance to upstage Brady Quinn.

Koopa 07-17-2006 03:36 PM

Re: 2006 preview: Top 100 Heisman candidates
hopefully i can post the rest on this last post


38. QB Kyle Wright, Miami – On paper, Wright’s a Heisman contender. On film, he’s still a young quarterback with a lot to learn. His 2005 numbers were okay, but were largely built against basketball schools, such as Duke, Temple and Wake Forest. The ‘Cane offense will be under the microscope this fall, which will either be really good or really bad for Wright’s psyche.

37. RB Stafon Johnson, Emmanuel Moody, Kenny Ashley or Stanley Havili, USC – The early departures of Reggie Bush and LenDale White and season-ending knee injury of Hershel Dennis mean one of the Trojans’ talented quartet of incoming freshmen could immediately be a new star if something happens to Chauncey Washington.

36. QB Erik Ainge, Tennessee – Yes, Ainge was miserable throughout his sophomore year, but the skills that made him an instant star in 2004 are still there, and so is new offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe. If Ainge returns to his freshman form and ignites the Vol offense, he’ll be up for more than just Comeback Player of the Year honors.

35. QB JaMarcus Russell, LSU – Russell was making strides in 2005 before an injury shelved him for the Peach Bowl massacre of Miami. He’s still not 100%, which has fueled debate on who’ll be behind center when UL-Lafayette visits Sept. 2. It should be Russell, however, don’t be shocked if Les Miles finds ways to weave in Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux to maximize his roster.

34. WR Steve Breaston, Michigan – Braylon Edwards and Jason Avant have graduated. It’s time for Breaston to become Chad Henne’s go-to receiver. He’s already one of the game’s most dynamic return men, but must also become a 60-catch guy to have a chance to contend in this deep field.

33. RB Yvenson Bernard, Oregon State – Bernard was one of last year’s biggest surprises, rushing for 1,321 yards and catching 37 passes in his first season of relevant action. His entire line returns, but a repeat of 2005 requires QB Matt Moore to give defenses a reason not to load the line to stop the run.

32. QB Brandon Cox, Auburn – After a rocky opener versus Georgia Tech, Cox settled down and became exactly what the Tigers needed—a steady hand that wouldn’t make costly mistakes. Now, he’s a year older and ready to become more than just an error-free quarterback on an Auburn team that should be pre-season Top 10.

31. RB Chauncey Washington, USC – He got his grades up and now finally, finally, he can get his career going. The star tailback of USC should be in the top ten, but there's a whole slew of next-level caliber freshmen coming in to take away time.

30. RB James Davis, Clemson – Davis is well positioned to be one of this year’s biggest Heisman surprises. He’s coming off a terrific true freshman year and figures to be the offensive focal point of a Clemson team that returns all five starters on the offensive line and could contend for the ACC title.

29. RB Albert Young, Iowa – Young’s long-awaited breakthrough season occurred in 2005 as he finally stayed healthy and gave the Hawks their best ground threat in years. He was 17th nationally in rushing, helping to form a balanced duet with veteran QB Drew Tate.

28. RB Lorenzo Booker, Florida State – If the offensive line can get its act together, Booker could be in store for a monster senior season. His talent has never been questioned, but his three-year production has lagged well behind his expectations. With even a hint of daylight, that changes in 2006.

27. QB Rhett Bomar, Oklahoma – Ever since Bob Stoops left Gainesville for Norman, OU quarterbacks basked in the spotlight. On potential and raw physical skills, Bomar dwarfs every Sooner quarterback since Troy Aikman had a cup of joe at the school, which is why he’s expected to blossom after last year’s growing pains.

26. RB Tyrell Sutton, Northwestern – Sutton wasn’t even supposed to start last season, but wound up filling in for injured Terrell Jordan and becoming a revelation for the ‘Cat offense. He ran for 1,474 yards, caught 44 passes and scored 18 times in one of the most statistically impressive years ever for a freshman back.

25. QB Drew Weatherford, Florida State – It’s taken a few years, but Florida State finally has a quarterback they can build around for the next couple of seasons. Weatherford built breathing room between himself and Xavier Lee in 2005, and then steadily improved throughout his freshman year. At the top of his to-do list is to dramatically reduce last year’s 18 interceptions.

24. QB Zac Taylor, Nebraska – The light went on for Taylor and the rest of the Husker offense late last season, portending really big things in 2006. In just over a year, he’s come a long way in the West Coast offense, and Nebraska now has the supporting cast at the skill positions to catapult him into national prominence.

23. RB Gary Russell, Minnesota – Russell just completed a class at Inver Hills Community College in step one of getting back on the Gopher football team. Step two will be summer classes before he can even reapply at Minnesota. If he clears academic hurdles, Russell will be Glen Mason’s feature back one year after chugging for 1,130 yards and 18 touchdowns as a backup.

22. RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas – McFadden came of age very quickly as a true freshman, needing just 176 carries to become only the seventh Hog in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. He’s got an ideal blend of power and speed, which might propel him to the top of the rushing ranks in 2006.

21. WR Dwayne Jarrett, USC – Voters looking to champion a receiver or a Trojan should pay closer attention to Jarrett, USC’s biggest star now that Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and LenDale White have departed. He’s coming off a 91-catch, 16-touchdown sophomore year, and has quickly made Trojan fans forget Mike Williams.

20. LB Paul Posluszny, Penn State – Every season has at least one defensive player that generates a grassroots Heisman buzz. Posluszny will be that player in 2006. He’s arguably the best defender in college football, and those who doubt he steal some votes need only look at last year’s final tally, which included two defensive players in the Top 10.

19. QB Drew Tate, Iowa – Tate has been a very good quarterback the last two years for the Hawkeyes, but in order to be in the long haul hunt, he’ll need to be a little more prolific statistically while leading Iowa to a fifth straight January bowl game. He can also use a few reliable hands now that Clinton Solomon and Ed Hinkel have graduated.
18. RB Jamaal Charles, Texas – Vince Young has left Austin, but the ‘Horns are hardly void of flashy talent Heisman contenders. Charles is a burner, who led Texas backs in rushing as a freshman in 2005, despite suffering a nagging ankle injury in October. His biggest roadblocks will be durability and a backfield that’s as deep as any in America.

17. QB Chad Henne, Michigan – Henne’s got a chance to become the Wolverines’ all-time leading passer after just three seasons in Ann Arbor. And now as the undisputed leader of a Michigan team looking to rebound from its worst season since 1984, he’s going to get more media attention than ever before.

16. RB Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois – Get ready for a groundswell of support for Wolfe, particularly if he perforates a revamped Ohio State D in the opener. He’s a 300-yard game waiting to happen, and with an early schedule that includes Ohio, Buffalo, Indiana State and Ball State, he could be over 1,000 yards before the end of September.

15. RB Michael Hart, Michigan – Hart’s value to the Wolverines was never more evident than last year, when he missed substantial parts of the season and the offense sputtered in his absence. Chad Henne may have more pro potential, but Hart is the sparkplug, and with 12 games to prove it, he’s capable of becoming the first Michigan back in 66 years to win the award.

14. RB Marshawn Lynch, Cal – After Adrian Peterson, Lynch is squarely in the team photo for next best back in America. He can zoom past or through tacklers, and last December’s 194-yard, three-touchdown demolition of BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl was a prelude of things to come in his junior season.

13. RB Kenny Irons, Auburn – An expat, who began his college career at South Carolina, Irons was the SEC’s newcomer of the year in 2005, succeeding Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown better than anyone could have expected. In running for more than 100 yards in the Tigers’ final six league games, he allowed QB Brandon Cox to mature at a manageable pace.

12. QB Drew Stanton, Michigan State – Winning the Heisman is a two-part recipe that requires the right combination of big numbers and big wins. And therein lies the rub for Stanton. He’s got a proven, two-year track record of gaudy stats, but unless he can engineer a career-first upset Michigan or Ohio State and get the Spartans back to the post-season, the Top 10 is off limits.

11. QB John David Booty, USC – If Ashton Youboty was the Trojan quarterback, he might warrant an honorable mention somewhere on the list. Such is life these days at USC, where the supporting cast, media crush and league titles are practically built in to a quarterback’s candidacy. Booty’s a former prep All-American with four springs under his belt and a bulging disc that required surgery at the end of March.

Koopa 07-17-2006 03:37 PM

Re: 2006 preview: Top 100 Heisman candidates
damn 4 post for one article, removing the pointless limit, will stop this from happening


10. QB Pat White, West Virginia – A year ago, Pat White was a non-entity to outside Morgantown. Today, he’s one of college football’s rising stars and a bona fide Heisman candidate in just his sophomore year. White didn’t even begin 2005 as the starter, but after winning the job in October, he performed like a Michael Vick knockoff, rushing for almost 1,000 yards and leading the ‘eers to a Sugar Bowl upset of Georgia.

9. QB Sam Keller, Arizona State – Or Rudy Carpenter, last year’s passing efficiency leader. The two are interchangeable, although Keller has the edge now that his injured hand has healed. Combined, the two threw for 37 touchdowns and 4,438 yards last fall. If either gets 80% of the snaps, those numbers plus an ASU run at the Pac-10 title equals Jake Plummer: The Sequel.

8. RB
Steve Slaton, West Virginia – West Virginia football is hot these days, and kids like Slaton and QB Pat White will be the beneficiaries of the unprecedented national exposure. Slaton was magnificent in his 2005 debut, shaking off early-season anonymity to finish with 1,128 yards on the ground and 19 touchdowns in just over half a season.

7. RB Michael Bush, Louisville – Bush entered Louisville as a blue-chip quarterback. He’ll leave with just about every school rushing and scoring mark. He was a scoring machine last year, reaching the end zone 24 times in just 10 games, something he’s capable of duplicating in this year’s combustible Cardinal offense.

6. WR Ted Ginn, Jr., Ohio State – Forecasters predicting a Heisman in Ginn’s future may have been a year off. He never mounted a challenge in a disappointing sophomore season, but 2006 figures to be more promising. Ginn, coaches say, has really stepped up his game in the off-season and on speed alone, he’s a candidate for six every time the ball is in his hands.

5. QB Brian Brohm, Louisville – By just about every measure, Brohm is the prototypical franchise quarterback, a future first-day draft choice. He makes all the throws, can escape pressure and is heady way beyond his years. Now a seasoned veteran, Brohm is back from the knee injury that curtailed his sophomore season, and poised for a blowout year as Bobby Petrino’s triggerman.

4. QB Chris Leak, Florida – Urban Meyer’s in his second season at Florida. Leak’s in his second season with Meyer. Expectations for 2006 will be soaring in Gainesville. If nothing else, last year proved Leak was not a perfect match for the spread-option, but he’s still a terrific quarterback, who found a way to account for 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns in last year’s up-and-down season.

3. QB Troy Smith, Ohio State – Smith has had a soap opera career in Columbus that’s about to reach a crescendo at a most opportune time. Last season began with him being suspended for the Miami (OH) opener and ended with a career-high 408 total yards against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl that launched his Heisman campaign a few months earlier than anticipated.

2. RB Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma – The line didn’t block. The passing game couldn’t keep defenses honest. And a banged-up Peterson was uncharacteristically ordinary for much of the 2005 season. If QB Rhett Bomar makes the necessary strides to keep the heat off the running game, count on something closer to 2004, when Peterson ran for 1,925 yards and nearly became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman.

1. QB Brady Quinn, Notre Dame – Quinn is by far the top returning Heisman vote-getter, but that alone doesn’t make him this year’s pre-season favorite. He flourished beyond anyone’s expectations in his first season under Charlie Weis, throwing 32 touchdowns and setting all kinds of Irish passing records. With a year in the vault and WR Jeff Samardzija back, he might be even better in 2006. And unlike Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson, whose quest rests on the development of others, Quinn is firmly at the controls of his destination.

Big D 07-17-2006 04:20 PM

Re: 2006 preview: Top 100 Heisman candidates
I think its going to be brady quinn. this guy has it made with charlie weiss

Haiku_Dirtt 07-26-2006 08:26 PM

Re: 2006 preview: Top 100 Heisman candidates

Originally Posted by Big D
I think its going to be brady quinn. this guy has it made with charlie weiss

The ND PR machine will be relentless. They are seriously hurting after a big rival USC raked in 3 in four years. Relentless.

Will Brady Quinn deserve is it? If he wins I hope so. Michael Bush is set for an explosion this season I think - rushing and receiving.

Jarrett is ranked too low. Booty isn't Carson Palmer but he's not Sean Salisbury either. He's been there so long he could be assistant coach. The drop off will be less than people think. Hell Sanchez might rip that job away from him.

Leak is ranked too high.

Santonio4 07-27-2006 08:40 PM

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troy smith!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BB2W 07-29-2006 12:22 PM

Re: 2006 preview: Top 100 Heisman candidates
Posluszny came in at 20th. :cool:

Good to see Morelli and Williams on that list too.

Prosdo 07-29-2006 12:59 PM

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Always nice to see those PSU boys make the list.

MasterOfPuppets 07-29-2006 03:01 PM

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josh allen!!!!:jammin: go terps!!!!........:uhh:

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