Colt McCoy Leads Heisman Trophy Race [FanIQ Heisman Trophy Rankings]

Colt McCoy Number One With A Bullet In Heisman Race

10/23/08 in NCAAF   |   fxdirect   |   respect

Heisman TrophyHeisman Watch 2008 – 9, Week 8

Texas, you get your wish this week. There is no longer any way that anyone can deny Colt McCoy the top spot in the race.

Just look at the record: Beat Oklahoma. Beat -- and beat up -- Missouri.

Need we say more?

I am not saying the road ahead will be easy for McCoy in any fashion. This week’s opponent, Oklahoma State, found a way to shut down Chase Daniel and the Missouri Tiger hasn’t been heard from since.

Can the Cowboys do the same to McCoy? Maybe.

And really no contender will be tested as much over the remainder of the season than McCoy. Three games remain against ranked opponents, including two in the top 10. Add in another ranked foe in the Big XII title game, and McCoy will be the most vetted Heisman candidate we have seen in years.

He faces a similar struggle to Tim Tebow last season. With a clear lead, all eyes were unfairly focused on every flaw that Tebow could expose in his play on the field.

McCoy doesn’t have the luxury of a field that is far behind him at this point. Even with the clear lead, there is no denying that others on the list have had brilliant seasons, seasons that are Heisman-worthy in themselves, just not as much as McCoy’s so far.

So, as we head into the final third of the season, get ready for the spotlight to shine brightly on our top candidate. The eyes of Texas are hoping that he doesn’t get burned.

Here is how I would rank the candidates on my ballot after Week 8:

  1. Colt McCoy is showing the world where he is in the Heisman and Texas is in the pollsColt McCoy (QB Texas) – 81.2%, 1894 yds, 19 TD, 3 INT, 371 yds rush, 6 TD – McCoy could have stopped playing in the first half and still moved to the lead. Instead, he kept rolling over Missouri and cemented a lead that might not be beatable. Until he causes his team to lose, the award is his.
  2. Sam Bradford (QB Oklahoma) – 71.4%, 2520 yds, 26 TD, 5 INT – Bradford is excelling in the wrong year, plain and simple. While winning as a sophomore is a rare occurrence, in any other year, Bradford would likely be the top name on this list. As the season grows later, it seems more and more likely that Bradford’s performance will be one of those remarkable also-rans.
  3. Daryll Clark (QB Penn State) – 63.3%, 1531 yds, 11 TD, 2 INT, 190 yds rush, 8 TD – As Clark goes, so does Penn State. Clark has Penn State looking like a real contender in the National race for the first time in a decade. Sure, the stats aren’t eye-popping, but Clark’s contributions make him a much more compelling candidate than just the numbers would tell you.
  4. Graham Harrell (QB Texas Tech) – 69.8%, 2761 yds, 23 TD, 5 INT, 5 rush TD – Harrell had an up and down game against Texas A&M, not a team you want to be so-so against and stay in the Heisman talk. Too much would need to happen to McCoy and Bradford for Harrell to move up, but he also has the opportunity to face them head on in the coming weeks. Keep watching.
  5. Shonn Greene (RB Iowa) – 1154 yds, 10 TD, 6.5 avg – Time to recognize someone coming from nowhere to enter the race. Greene has been steady all season and despite Iowa’s record, no one has stopped him yet.  Not scoring against Michigan State doesn’t help him, but averaging close to 145 yards per game helps a lot.

People with still a chance to make this list: Chase Daniel (Did nothing to help himself being crushed by Texas and outshone by Colt McCoy), Knowshon Moreno (Still an intriguing pick and will get some love in the South. But probably out of it at this point), Javon Ringer (Ohio State was too much for Ringer, which means the Heisman is too),

People who may get hype but are done: Tim Tebow (Still here… Not sure what to do when he endorses another player for the award), Max Hall (Loss kills the dream)

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10/25/08   |   The Fifester

wrote:
I do not even understand how Ringer was on the list to begin with. Ringer has over 250 carries, yet only 1180 yards. A couple of weeks ago I made the case on a different site that Kendall Hunter(Ok State) should be considered before Ringer. But he isn't getting any Heismann talk(nor should he). Hunter has 100 less carries and only 200 less yards. 6.3 ypc vs. 4.5

At least Shonn Rogers is averaging over 5 yards a carry. Shonn Rogers is having a legit year and deserves to be on the list, but he doesn't have a shot because of his team.


Kendall Hunter is a good back.  This week against Texas, he has a chance to prove himself.  It'll be the make or breaking point in his season. Ringer had an off week against Ohio State. He usualy has one of those and then the next two weeks, does something outstanding. Against Michigan's run defense I'd say around 200 yards, and 3 TDS. He's a beast. Still we just have to wait today and see what Kendall Rogers can do. and by the way it's Shonn Green. Not rogers.

10/24/08   |   BSauce

Jubanator14 wrote:
Yeah, did you miss last Thursday when BYU got manhandled by TCU? You can't lose at a non-BCS school, especially as bad as BYU did, and still win the Heisman.

no, i definitely didn't miss it, it was painful...but you're saying that you can't have one bad game in a season and still win the heisman? sure he threw two picks but he still threw for 274 yards... before that game he had thrown for 1,845 yards and 20 touchdowns with just 4 interceptions. so  now if my calcs are correct he's at 2,119 yards still with 20 td's and now 6 int's. all i'm sayin is he's good, those stats are impressive yes? and i thought the heisman was based on individual performance, so even if byu did play bad (which they surely did) it shouldn't affect max hall and his chance at the heisman. if they changed the award just let me know.

10/24/08   |   SoCalSmokinOkie   |   1 respect

Jubanator14 wrote:
I'm actually glad that Bradford probably won't win. No need to put the Heisman curse on what will be another two great years from Bradford and maybe a great NFL career.

Amen Juba....let's keep Sammy grounded for the trouncing he will put on McCoy in the BCS championship game (fingers crossed)......

10/24/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

BSauce wrote:
Donde esta Max Hall of BYU? I'm sure everyone will say the mountain west just isn't that great of a conference, but his numbers are impressive for sure

Yeah, did you miss last Thursday when BYU got manhandled by TCU? You can't lose at a non-BCS school, especially as bad as BYU did, and still win the Heisman.

10/23/08   |   BSauce

Donde esta Max Hall of BYU? I'm sure everyone will say the mountain west just isn't that great of a conference, but his numbers are impressive for sure

10/23/08   |   The Fifester

CriticalFanatic wrote:
Completely agree on Shonn Greene. I love Ringer, but Greene is without question the best back in the Big Ten. And yes, I'm including Beanie, too.

Ringer does has the most touchdowns in the NCAA you know. AND, has over 1,000 yards. other than that I'd pick Harrell.

10/23/08   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Ben, you make a GREAT point about Clark......He might be the best NFL prospect of all these QB's...so much poise to go with his talent

10/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

I'm actually glad that Bradford probably won't win. No need to put the Heisman curse on what will be another two great years from Bradford and maybe a great NFL career.

10/23/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4215 respect

That 81.2 completion percentage is almost incomprehensible.  81.2 %! 

10/23/08   |   CriticalFanatic

Completely agree on Shonn Greene. I love Ringer, but Greene is without question the best back in the Big Ten. And yes, I'm including Beanie, too.