Another year, another Colt for Heisman

Steve Murray
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Wednesday - October 31, 2008
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Hook ‘em, horns!

1. Colt McCoy, Texas, QB, Jr., 8-0. No. 1 AP. Last week: No 2.

Last week: 38-45 passing, 391 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INTs; QB rating: 167.7; 10 rushes, 41 yards 1 TD in a 28-24 win over Oklahoma State.

Season: 198-242 passing, 2,285 yards, 21 TDs, 4 INT, QB rating: 186.5; 80 rushes, 412 yards, 7 TDs.

McCoy is No. 1 and not just because the competition has faltered. McCoy was so nearly perfect in the first half against Oklahoma State - completing 18 consecutive passes - that his second two quarters looked rather mild in comparison. He still completed 84 percent of his passes,making it the fifth time this season he has completed at least 80 percent of his throws. A win over Texas Tech would be his fourth straight win over a ranked opponent.

2.Sam Bradford,Oklahoma,QB, So., 7-1. No. 4 AP. Last week: No. 1.

Last week: 13-32 passing, 255 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QB rating: 138.5; in a 58-35 win at Kansas State.Season: 183-270 passing,2,775 yards, 29 TDs, 5 INTs, QB rating: 185.9.

For the last two weeks, Bradford was one bad performance away from losing the top spot. Throwing for just 33 yards on 1-for-9 passing in the second half was more than enough for last week’s No. 1 to drop. The Sooners won thanks to five K-State turnovers and 273 yards rushing. Nebraska won’t give in so easy Saturday. The Cornhuskers are second in the Big 12 in pass defense.

3. Chase Daniel, Missouri, QB, Sr., 6-2. No. 14 AP. Last week: No. 3.

Last week: 31-37 passing,302 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INTs, QB rating: 191.5; in a 58-0 win over Colorado.

Season: 220-286 passing, 2,675 yards, 23 TDs, 6 INT; 31 rushes, 146 yards, QB rating: 177.9.

The original No. 1’s position tumbled with his team,but he’s putting pressure on Bradford for second. Daniel’s topped the 80 percent completion mark for the fourth time this season against a Colorado team that leads the conference in pass defense.Daniel could again threaten the No. 1 spot in the coming weeks as the Tigers’ opponents have a combined 14-18 record including 4-12 in conference.

4. Graham Harrell. Texas Tech, Sr., 8-0. No. 6 AP. Last week: No. 4.

Last Week: 34-42, 386 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs, QB rating: 197.4; 1 rushing touchdown in a 63-21 win at Kansas.

Season: 256-360, 2,761 yards, 28 TDs, 5 INTs, QB rating: 167.4; 6 rushing touchdowns.

Harrell simply blistered then-No. 19 Kansas and solidified his standing among the Heisman elite, but things are about to get nasty. Tech has No. 1 Texas at home, followed by top 10s Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He could move into the top two with good performances against the trio.

5. Javon Ringer, Michigan State, RB, Sr., 7-2. No. 22 AP. Last week: No. 6.

Last week: 37 rushes, 194 yards, 2 TDs; 2 receptions, 25 yards in a 35-21 win at Michigan.

Season: 300 rushes, 1,373 yards, 16 TDs; 17 receptions, 120 yards; 11 kickoff returns, 224 yards.

The Wolverines haven’t won many games, but they had been decent against the run. No longer. Ringer shredded the Michigan defense on plays long and short.The senior showed speed, power and cutback ability and the Wolverines had no answer.

6. Max Hall, BYU, QB, Jr. 7-1. No. 17 AP. Last week: No. 5.

Last week: 24-31 passing, 245 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, QB rating: 186.4 in a 42-35 win against UNLV.

Season: 198-288 passing, 2,364 yards, 24 TDs, 6 INTs, QB rating:

161. Hall had another nice afternoon against another bad team. UNLV is giving up 33.9 points per game, and their pass D is second worst in the conference.Like Harrell,competition could kill his chances, but for entirely different reasons.

7. Tim Tebow, Florida, QB, Jr., 6-1. No. 5 AP. Last week: No. 9.

Last week: 11-15 passing, 180 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QB rating: 204.8; 9 rushes, 48 yards, 2 TDs in a 63-5 win against Kentucky.

Season: 104-164 passing, 1,415 yards, 12 TDs, 2 INTs, QB rating: 157.6; 82 rushes, 227 yards, 5 TDs.

The defending champ continues to underwhelm in simple statistics, but the Gators continue their rise up the charts. Florida travels to Georgia and the Bulldogs are second in the SEC against the run, but 11th versus the pass.

8. Donald Brown, Connecticut, RB, Jr. 6-2. Unranked. (Last Week: 7)

Last week: 29 rushes, 150 yards, 2 TDs; 4 receptions, 58 yards in a 40-16 win against Cincinnati.

Season: 235 rushes, 1,324 yards, 14 TDs; 18 receptions, 112 yards.

Cincinnati has give up just 720 yards rushing this season, but has fared much worse against good competition as the 197 they surrendered to Oklahoma shows. Brown still leads the nation in rushing yards per game, but the opponents are killing his chances.

9. Daryll Clark, Penn State, QB, Jr., 9-0. No. 3 AP. Last week: No. 8.

Last week: 12-20 passing, 121 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, QB rating: 110.8; 8 rushes, 39 yards, in a 13-6 win at Ohio State.

Season: 126-200 passing, 1,652 yards, 11 TDs, 2 INT, QB rating: 148.5; 55 rushes, 229 yards, 8 TDs.

Only victories are keeping Clark ahead of Johnson at this point. The Nittany Lions’offense is MVP good, but against the Buckeyes’Clark was a busher. Penn State plays at Iowa, and the Hawkeyes are giving up just 11.5 points per game.

10.David Johnson,Tulsa QB,Sr., 8-0. No. 19 AP. Last week: No. 10.

Last Week: 17-27 passing, 264 yards,1 TD,1 Int.,QB rating: 149.9; 2 rushing TDs in a 49-14 win against UCF.

Season 155-227 passing, 2,661 yards, 32 TDs, 9 INTs, QB rating: 212.8.

If Johnson keeps putting up the stats, it’s going to be harder to justify his low position. He was solid but not spectacular last week and needs to dominate Conference USA teams to make a real mark.


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