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Chris Huston, A.K.A. ‘The Heisman Pundit‘, is a Heisman voter and the creator and publisher of Heismanpundit.com, a site dedicated to analysis of the Heisman Trophy and college football. Dubbed “the foremost authority on the Heisman” by Sports Illustrated, HP is regularly quoted or cited during football season in newspapers across the country. He is also a regular contributor on sports talk radio and television.
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Coming Soon

Coming this week, we’ll have our All-American teams, final preseason team rankings and our (drumroll)…..

Official Heismanpundit Preseason Top 10 Candidate List

Stay tuned.

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For Your Enjoyment

In the spirit of Nancy Clark, I thought I’d link to this story from a real newspaper for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

There’s really too many nuggets in this one to recount properly, but here’s a couple of my favorites:

It seems that Mark Richt, who used to be the offensive coordinator for the aptly named Florida State Creminoles (Seminoles, I mean) brought his pension for recruiting players with disreputable past lives to Athens.

I certainly hope he brought his pension with him. He’ll need it someday.

Most pundits I?ve read aren?t giving the Broncos enough due and this game will send shock waves throughout the fickle Bulldog nation when the Dawgs are defeated on national television by a non-BCS team. Look for Boise State to put up a lot of points and potentially win by a couple touchdowns.

Got to give the guy props here. He almost redeemed himself. But then:

The SEC East race will come down to Tennessee and Florida, again. The Vols have one of the more loaded teams in football and the Gators have the most overrated player in the land, Chris Leak, at quarterback.

Really, most of this stuff is the kind of writing you would see in the Des Moines Register. Only funnier.

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USC’s Non Campaign Gets Underway

USC likes to brag that it doesn’t do Heisman campaigns.

“Our philosophy is to let the season play out and see how it develops,” says Trojan Sports Information Director Tim Tessalone.

Well, it’s approximately a month before the first game. Apparently, USC knows how the season is going to develop, because it has unleashed MattReggieTV, which is a video log or, uh, vlog of these two and their season.

It’s a pretty cool website and idea, but if this isn’t a Heisman campaign, then, well, my name is Orson Swindle.

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Tate Talk Takes Off

Apparently, Nancy Clark was too busy talking to Dan McCarney, so Andrew Logue of the Des Moines Register gives us this piece on Iowa quarterback Drew Tate.

Now, the all-conference quarterback must deal with rising expectations.

Some of the hype has led to Tate being mentioned as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate.

“He’s handled it on a smaller scale his whole life,” Tate’s stepfather, Dick Olin, said Monday. “This is a little bigger. This is a national scale.”

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Peterson Cleared For Workouts

The Dallas Morning News reports that 2004 Heisman runner up Adrian Peterson has been cleared for workouts.

The rising sophomore underwent offseason shoulder surgery and sat out the spring.

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Huarte In Hall

Notre Dame’s John Huarte, the 1964 Heisman Trophy winner, will be a 2005 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, it was announced.

Huarte guided Notre Dame to a share of the national championship in 1964 when he set 12 school records, including single-season passing yards with 2,062 and touchdown passes with 16.

Both Huarte and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart graduated from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif.

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Coaches Poll Thoughts

The USA Today Coaches Poll is out and there’s little surprise who is No. 1.

By the greatest margin of all time, it’s USC. Again.

Get used to it college football fans. The Trojans are in the midst of the greatest run in college football history. Sure, people are saying all kinds of vague things to disagree:

“Chow isn’t there so, USC will probably forget how to pass.”

“They will really miss quarterbacks coach Carl Smith!”

Someone will beat them. Who? Uh, I don’t know. Someone.”

But the fact is, the Trojans have had three-straight No. 1 recruiting classes and the talent gravy train ain’t stopping anytime soon. The Trojan defense in 2006 is going to be loaded like its never been, while the offense will merely have to choose between John David Booty and Mark Sanchez (both No. 1 quarterbacks out of high school) to run the show. Sure, USC will lose Matt Leinart and probably Reggie Bush and LenDale White. But if there’s one thing that Pete Carroll has proven adept at, it’s replacing star players.

Just look at last season. USC had to replace almost its entire offensive line and both starting receivers. No problem. The year before, Leinart was an unproven replacement for Heisman winner Carson Palmer. And so on.

In reality, the only real thing that can derail the emerging Trojan dynasty is scandal or the departure of Pete Carroll. Until then, the center of the college football world is somewhere at the corner of Figueroa and Exposition.

More Poll Notes:

–Do the coaches even follow what goes on in the offseason? How could they put Florida State at No. 12 after all they have gone through?

–As usual, a lot of teams are ranked high because of reputation. Oklahoma seems a quite high at No. 5. Alabama did what, exactly, to earn a top 25 ranking? They went 6-6 last year and lost their bowl game, but then so did UCLA, right?

–Louisville and Boise State are ranked too low. If anything, I’d put FSU at No. 19 and Boise at No. 12, just one spot ahead of UGA.

–Auburn seems awfully low at No. 15. When they start out 6-0, are people going to think they are for real or not?

–SEC has five of the top 15 teams. No doubt, they are ranked thus because of their records last year. Which of course, were mostly earned by what has been clearly shown to be schedule gerrymandering. Congrats SEC! Another successful polling result! Keep at it!

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