Tuesday, September 18, 2007

2007 Heisman Watch

Compiled by Greg Wiley
The Phanatic Magazine

1. Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas (1-1)
Week 3 - loss at Alabama, 41-38
Stats - 33 carries, 195 yards, 2 TD; 3 receptions for 16 yards
Season - 57 carries 346 yards 3 TD; 5 receptions. 46 yards
Notes - Did what he needed to do to keep the top spot, despite a loss. Put together a great game at Alabama, nearly lifting the Razorbacks to an upset of then-16th-ranked Alabama. He carried the ball 33 times for 195 yards with two scores. It was a great effort and he proved he can put up the numbers even on the road in a tough SEC game.
Next - Sept. 22 vs Kentucky

2. Steve Slaton, RB, WVU (3-0)
Week 3 - won at Maryland, 31-14
Stats - 26 carries 137 yards 3 TD; 1 receptions 10 yards
Season - 66 carries 392 yards 8 TD; 5 receptions 81 yards 1 TD
Notes - After a short week of rest, Slaton was key in the Mountaineers' 31-14 win at Maryland on Thursday night. He benefited from a pair of one-yard TD runs, but his 22-yarder was as nice as they come and it gave WVU the lead for good. Right now, it is hard to find a better runner in the country than Slaton.
Next - Sept. 22 vs East Carolina

3. Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers (3-0)
Week 3 - won vs. Norfolk State, 59-0
Stats - 12 carries 72 yards 3 TD
Season - 74 carries 431 yards 8 TD; 5 receptions. 61 yards 1 TD
Notes - Facing a weak FCS (formerly I-AA) team in Norfolk State, Rice ran for three scores -- all during a 42-point second quarter. Had he racked up the yards, he'd be looking real pretty right now atop the list, because let's face it, at the end of the year nobody remembers who you played, they just look at the stat line. He's still one of the most dangerous runners in the country and we'll get a true barometer as the Big East schedule gets underway.
Next - Sept. 29 vs. Maryland

4. Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii (3-0)
Week 3 - won at UNLV, 49-14
Stats - 26-of-32 298 yards 2 TD; 9 carries 19 yards 3 TD
Season - 103-of-133 1,362 yards 12 TD 1 INT; 4 rushing TD
Notes - Continues to put up monster numbers at the QB position. He continues to be the most valuable player on any team in the country.
Next - Sept. 22 vs Char. Southern

5. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida (3-0)
Week 3 - Won vs Tennessee, 59-20
Stats - 14-of-19 passing 299 yards 2 TD 1 INT; 18 carries 61 yards 2 TD
Season - 45-of-61 passing 835 yards 8 TD, 1 INT; 43 carries, 192 yards 5 TD
Notes - He just propelled the Gators over rival Tennessee in a romp. He is putting up great numbers across the board and is proving to be the person who makes the Gators offense work.
Next - Sept. 22 at Ole Miss

6. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville (2-0)
Week 3 - Loss at Kentucky, 40-34
Stats - 28-of-43 366 yards 2 TD, 1 INT
Season - 69-of-103 1142 yards 11 TD 1 INT
Notes - His team suffered a tough loss against Kentucky on Saturday and that might have cost him some votes. He did throw for over 300 yards, but had only two TDs and threw his first interception of the season. However, the biggest hit was that he lost to Andre Woodson, the Wildcats QB, who threw four touchdowns. In the past we have seen players lose Heisman votes when there is a loss, and even more when you are outplayed at your position by your counterpart. Maybe the best pro-level prospect, he might have just lost the Heisman.
Next - Sept. 22 vs Syracuse

7. Patrick White, QB, WVU (2-0)
Week 3 - won at Maryland, 31-14
Stats - 8-for-13 95 yards 0 TD; 11 carries, 22 yards 1 TD
Season - 31-of-49 436 yards 4 TD, 0 INT; 38 carries 244 yards 4 TD
Notes - He could be considered the MVP of his team, but with Slaton getting all the yards it's hard to make a case for White. But if you watch any WVU games you'll see that if White is not the offense effectively than Slaton will suffer. He is going to have to improve his numbers to get stronger consideration.
Next - Sept. 22 vs East Carolina

8. John David Booty, QB, USC (2-0)
Week 3 - Won at Nebraska, 49-31
Stats - 19-of-30 144 yards 2 TD
Season - 40-of-62 350 yards 5 TD, 1 INT
Notes - Not eye-popping numbers for this past weekend, but his team
continues to win.
Next - Sept. 15 at Nebraska

Waiting in the wings: Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky; Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma; Tashard Choice, RB, Ga. Tech; P.J. Hill, RB, Wisconsin

Dropping out of contention: Mike Hart, RB, Michigan; Chad Henne, QB, Michigan; Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan; Ian Johnson, RB, Boise State.
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