Here is my latest list of players with the best shot of actually winning the Heisman.
1. Colt McCoy, Texas–McCoy didn’t have the greatest game against Texas Tech in front of a national television audience, but it’s going to take more than a couple early season interceptions to derail his Heisman run. He was 24 of 34 for just 205 yards and one touchdown pass (with two interceptions) on Saturday. On the season, he is 75 for 110 (68.2%) for 859 yards, with 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He is on pace to throw for 3,436 yards and 24 touchdowns with 16 interceptions. While his yardage numbers are good, he needs to pick up the pace with the touchdown passes and start cutting back on his picks.
2. Jahvid Best, California–Best has very good momentum right now and his odds have gotten better as it looks like Cal could be the Pac-10 favorite . Doesn’t hurt that he scored five touchdowns against Minnesota, either. He rushed 26 times for 131 yards against the Gophers. The one issue he has is his health, which reared its head against Minnesota as he was hobbled in the second half. On the year, he has 412 rushing yards on 53 carries (7.8 ypc), 8 rushing touchdowns, plus 7 catches for 59 yards and another score. He currently leads the nation in scoring. He is on pace to rush for 1,648 yards and 32 touchdowns. He needs to increase his rushing totals a bit, but obviously his scoring pace is astronomical right now.
3. Tim Tebow, Florida–To win that second Heisman, it’s going to take a season that is head and shoulders above the other candidates. Tebow might have a hard time doing that if he keeps having games like he had against Tennessee. He was 14 of 19 for 115 yards against Tennessee, with no touchdown passes, one interception, plus 76 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. On the year, he is 39 of 58 (67.2%) for 540 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. He has also rushed for 148 yards on 39 carries and three more touchdowns. He is on pace for 2,160 passing yards, 20 touchdown passes and four interceptions, along with another 600 rushing yards. Those are nice numbers, but he’ll be hard-pressed to win the Heisman with them.
4. Daryll Clark, Penn State–Clark is humming along in the background in the Heisman race and it would take a major fall by all the other candidates for him to break through. Last week, he threw for 167 yards on 16 of 26 passing with two touchdowns and one pick against Temple. On the year, he is 65 of 97 (67%) for 760 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions. He is on pace for 3,040 passing yards, 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. As long as the Nittany Lions remain undefeated, he’ll stick around on this Watch.
5. Jacory Harris, Miami–Harris is the ultimate long shot in this race, as he has very little name recognition amongst rank and file Heisman voters. He is really just hitting his stride as a starting quarterback and if he can keep it up and Miami keeps winning, he’ll start to get some recognition. Last week against Georgia Tech, he was 20 of 25 for 270 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. On the year he is 41 of 59 (69.5%), for 656 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. His efficiency rating is a sterling 184.08. He is on pace to throw for 3,936 yards with 30 touchdowns and 12 picks. Those are obviously very good numbers and if he does it and Miami goes undefeated, he’s got an outside chance to win.
Dropped out: Max Hall, Joe McKnight, Jevan Snead, Dez Bryant
If the vote were held today
1. Colt McCoy
2. Jahvid Best
3. Tim Tebow
4. Daryll Clark
5. Case Keenum
6. Dez Bryant
7. Eric Berry
8. Jevan Snead
9. Tate Forcier
10. Jimmy Clausen