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CBSSports.com Heisman Hopefuls, Week 2

Posted on: September 12, 2011 5:31 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 5:32 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen



The all-seeing, all-knowing experts here at the Eye on College Football (and CBSSports.com's equally all-knowing Adam Aizer) have voted, and here is the first Heisman Hopefuls breakdown of the season.

Our collective ballot's top five looks like this:

1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
(37-of-54, 461 yards, 6 TD, 1 INT)
2. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State (28-of-34, 261 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT; no game last week)
3. Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor (21-of-27, 359 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT; 38 yards rush; no game last week)
4. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (148 rush yards, 3.8 YPC, 5 TD; 35 yards receiving)
5. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma (35-of-47, 375 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; no game last week)

Five other players received at least one vote across our six ballots, which, again, you can see here. Breaking down the race:

WHO'S NO. 1? Luck's stats aren't quite as over-the-moon as you might expect from a Heisman front-runner who'd faced a pair of patsy defenses in San Jose State and Duke (he's currently 20th in passer rating, after finishing third a year ago), but the weak opposition also means the Cardinal haven't had to ride their future No. 1 overall draft pick all that hard, either. It's too early for most of us to back a horse in this race other than the favorite.

WATCH OUT FOR: Jones. The senior Sooner's precision performance against Tulsa might have drawn more notice if it wasn't the sort of outing we've come to expect from whoever lines up under center for OU ... and if it hasn't come against Tulsa. But if Jones repeats those kind of numbers in a road victory this Saturday against Florida State, there won't be any shortage of attention thrown his way.

OVERLOOKED? Your current national leader in total offense? Houston's Case Keenum, bearing down on the all-time NCAA passing record after throwing the Cougars to a 38-34 Week 1 win over UCLA and shredding North Texas for 458 yards in a 48-23 win Week 2. It still wasn't enough for Keenum to appear on any of our six ballots, though, not with so many outstanding quarterbacks -- most of which have faced stiffer competition -- in front of him.

OVERRATED? Obviously this opinion isn't shared by all the voters, and it's still early enough that it makes some sense to vote on pure talent and potential -- which Trent Richardson has in overabundance -- rather than production. But Richardson's statistics simply aren't at Heisman levels just yet; he's lagging 140 total rushing yards behind Marcus Lattimore, for instance, and averaging a full two yards less per-carry than the Gamecock back. Much of that is sitting for most of the second half in his team's rout of Kent State, and maybe even more of it is an offensive line that Tide observers say hasn't lived up to its billing just yet. But sooner rather than later, Richardson will have to put up some bigger numbers (especially in the per-carry average department) to keep pace.

DEFENSIVE NOMINEE OF THE WEEK: We all know a defensive player has a chance of winning the Heisman somewhere between zero and lottery ticket, so each week we'll use this spot to highlight a defender who deserves some kind of a nod. This week's honoree: Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, who after two weeks aleady has 11 more tackles than any other player in the nation. Maybe he can play both ways for the sputtering Eagle offense?
Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:38 am
 

CBSSports.com Heisman Hopefuls, Week 2

Completely typical of the media.  They are more concerned about the hype that some of these players have gotten than the actual results on the field.  Lattimore has played much better competition than Richardson and has way better numbers, but the numbnuts from the media still have Richardson on their list.  Why?  Oh yea, they are sheep and just follow along the beaten path.  If they actually paid attention, they might learn something. 



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:28 am
 

CBSSports.com Heisman Hopefuls, Week 2

Seriously...no michael flloyd? Denard Robinson? Ball in Wisconsin?

You are seriously week in knowledge.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:53 am
 

CBSSports.com Heisman Hopefuls, Week 2

How about some love for T.Y. Hiton. 14 catches, 333 yards, 3 TDs...



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:10 am
 

CBSSports.com Heisman Hopefuls, Week 2

Oh, and by the way, Sooners RB Whaley (who doesn't even have a scholarship) did in one game what Trent Richardson took two games to do.  Whaley is one of three OU RBs who split touches.  Sooner!!!



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:06 am
 

Ryan Broyles 4 Heisman

What about Ryan Broyles?  Boomer!!!



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 7:48 am
 

CBSSports.com Heisman Hopefuls, Week 2

Just remember last year - interchanging front runners such as Mark Ingram, Denard Robinson and Taylor Martinez soon gave way to someone on no ones ballot at this time - some kid from Auburn.  Check back in a month when we have enough real football already played.



Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:21 pm
 

CBSSports.com Heisman Hopefuls, Week 2

Trent Richardson? Really? You obviously saw Marcus Latimore's 4th qtr vs GA and Richardson is still on here? Wow that is surprising. Glaring top 5 omission is Justin Blackmon. Clearly the top wideout in college ball, Blackmon has 14 straight games with at least 100 yds receiving. After the Tulsa gm this wk I can't see how he could possibly be left off. My vote for a sleeper is QB Chandler Harnish of Northern Illinois, who of course will never receive Heisman vote 1, but has a season for the ages in his sights. He has a decent shot at 30 passing TDs and 20 rushing TDs...incredible. 

 



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:04 pm
 

CBSSports.com Heisman Hopefuls, Week 2

Wisconsin has to much talent in their backfield so Ball won't win, he splits carries each game and Wisconsin will likely be in a couple more blowouts so he won't put up big numbers (i.e. Yards, since this is often all votes see, not YPC), David Wilson, sure he has had a couple nice games against an FCS team and East Carolina, however if he goes for 150 per game all year then we'll talk.  Michael Floyd, he will put up monster numbers all year, get drafted in the first round, get a DUI while celebrating but 0-2 is what stands out, its not on him of course but a Heisman winner comes from an elite team or a guy who is a one man wrecking crew (A QB) for an average team, like Robert Griffin if he keeps it up and Baylor wins 7 or 8.  It's tough for a WR especially when you play for a team that is only slightly better than average that can't close out games, that all could change this Saturday though.

My early money is on Landry Jones or Robert Griffin and you know the voters love QB's, obviously in a few weeks we'll have a better idea!



Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:47 pm
 

CBSSports.com Heisman Hopefuls, Week 2

Michael Floyd of ND is putting up ridiculous numbers.



Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:26 pm
 

CBSSports.com Heisman Hopefuls, Week 2

What about David Wilson from VT? Come on that dude has 300 yds and has broken 29 tackles through 2 games. Those other backs cant touch his explosiveness!!!!!!!!


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