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Default 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.
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