|Posted At: 09/15/2009 @ 10:40AM|
TOP 5 AFTER WEEK 2 HEISMAN WATCH
Wayne Root's Weekly Heisman Watch 2009:
TOP 5 AFTER WEEK 2:
1. Colt McCoy, QB Texas. My preseason pick to win the Heisman race in 2009. It was a slow start for Colt McCoy and his Longhorns at Wyoming, but the senior got his offense fired up with a 9-yard touchdown run to start off the second half. Two possessions later, he threw a 33-yard TD pass, one of three on the night. McCoy finished 30-of-47 for 337 yards, threw an interception but all eyes will be on this weekend's game against Texas Tech.
2. Tim Tebow, QB Florida. Tim Tebow threw four touchdowns and ran for one as the Gators rolled over Troy 56-6. He was 15-of-24 for 237 yards with no interceptions. What will impress Heisman voters is his streak of 30-consecutive games with a touchdown pass, which is the longest active streak in the country, and that his rushing TD moved him into third place -- tied with Cadillac Williams -- for most rushing touchdowns in the SEC with 45. But more importantly, Tebow should finally get to play the entire game this weekend against Tennessee.
3. Jahvid Best, RB California. A darkhorse Heisman candidate that no other oddsmaker has put this close to the top. Jahvid Best scored twice -- on a 22-yard TD pass and a 1-yard scoring run -- in Cal's 59-7 victory over Eastern Michigan. He rushed for 144 yards on 17 carries. Best has had just 27 carries in the first two games of the season, but he has made the most of his touches by running for 281 yards and scoring four touchdowns. Best is averaging an amazing 10.4 yards per carry.
(Reserved.) Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma. (OUT) Bradford would normally be my No. 3 pick, but we just don't know how long he's going to be out with a Grade 2 or Grade 3 sprain of the AC joint in his right throwing shoulder. The more time he misses, the tougher it obviously will be for him to stay in this race. He's still a legitimate candidate, though, and had completed 10 of 14 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown before he was injured just before halftime. Obviously the preseason concerns about the revamped offensive line were justified and he'll be coming off our list next week.
4. Max Hall, QB BYU. Max Hall led his No. 9-ranked BYU Cougars to a convincing 54-3 win over Tulane. Hall completed 24-of-32 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. It was Hall's 14th career 300-yard game. The senior QB is still riding high from BYU's Week 1 win against Oklahoma, and if he keeps putting up 300-yard games, his stock will rise. He'll get another chance against a big-name team this week (Florida State).
5. QB Case Keenum, Jr., Houston:Welcome to the Heisman race Mr. Keenum. After throwing for 366 yards and three touchdowns in the upset victory over Oklahoma State, Keenum is right there. He'll need to keep throwing 300+ yards a game to crash the party in New York. Threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns, and had another rushing touchdown in the Cougars ' 45-35 victory at No. 5 Oklahoma State.