Monday, November 24, 2008

Heisman Race Tightened

With Oklahoma's thrashing of Texas Tech, the Heisman Trophy race has been tightened, with another candidate taking the lead and a front-runner going down.

1. Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford (68.2%, 3710 yards, 46 Total TDs, 6 INTs) - Sooners signal-caller took lead in Heisman race after picking apart Red Raiders defense for 4 passing TDs. Bradford has been the most consistent player this year, even throwing for 5 TDs in OU's lone loss to Texas. Bradford seems poised to each 50 TDs and 4000 yards.

2. Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell (70.5%, 4438 yards, 45 Total TDs, 6 INTs) - Harrell was my preseason pick as the Heisman winner, mostly based on his offense (that I don't have a problem with). Down in Lubbock, Harrell should throw for over 5000 yards for the second consecutive year, a very impressive feat. The Red Raiders have also had their most successful year in decades.

3. Texas QB Colt McCoy (77.2%, 3134 passing yards, 527 rushing yards, 38 Total TDs, 7 INTs) - McCoy was idle this weekend but has been in the race the whole season primarily because his dual-threat talents. McCoy has been the passing and rushing leader for the Longhorns for basically the entire year. He should reach 600 yards rushing and 3500 yards passing, putting the dynamic QB in the race till the end.

4. Florida QB Tim Tebow (65.8%, 2114 passing yards, 427 rushing yards, 33 Total TDs, 2 INTs) - Defending Heisman winner still has one advantage that none of the other candidates have: the ability to vote for himself (all past Hiesman Trophy winners have a vote). His late surge in the last 5 or 6 games have vaulted Tebow past stud WR Michael Crabtree and others. His reputation and late push still won't be enough to overcome the high-powered Big 12 passing attacks.

5. Iowa RB Shonn Greene (1729 rushing yards, 6.2 yards per carry, 17 TDs) - Greene has single-handedly carried the Hawkeyes through the season, from a below-average team to a mediocre team. He can still reach 2000 rushing yards and should reach 20 TDs, both impressive feats in the tough, hard-nosed Big Ten. Greene will be considered, but shouldn't win the award.

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