Monday, September 8, 2008

Heisman Busters: Week 2

NCAA Football: Hesiman Busters: Week 2

Last week I started a new weekly segment about those who will be breaking into the Heisman Race with big performances. After this week’s action lets take a look at the performances that made week one’s list and see if their stock continues to rise:

QB Mark Sanchez: USC
Week 2: Idle
Stock: Even
Next Game: The Ohio State University September 13th

QB Max Hall: BYU:
Week 2: 30/41 338 YDs 73.9% Completion 3 TDs 1 INT 111.6 Rating
Stock: Even: Posted good numbers once again in a win against Pac-10 opponent Washington. The numbers are there, but BYU will have to win against UCLA in order to solidify BYU’s presence and subsequently Hall’s Heisman legitimacy. Here is hoping for no more controversial endings.

Next Game: UCLA September 13th

RB: Jahvid Best: CAL
Week 2: 14 Car 200 YDs 3 TD
Stock: Rising: Another huge game for Cal’s running back and another convincing win. The Golden Bears go on the road and beat up on Pac-10 opponent Washington State for a 66-3 romping. Jahvid’s squad finds themselves in the Top 25 for the first time this season while making a statement about the strength of the conference. Jahvid needs to keep up his game and the media attention will surely follow.

Next Game: @ Maryland Septmeber 13th

Week 2 Performances:

RB Evan Royster: Penn State
Week 2: 17 Car 141 YDs 3 TD
Why?: Penn State appears to be a power in the Big Ten this year. They have won convincingly in their last two games; 66-10 over Coastal Carolina and 45-14 over Oregon State. If Penn State stays hot and Royster is still in the mix then there could be some shake ups in the Big Ten and the Heisman.

Next Game: @ Syracuse September 13th

QB Rudy Carpenter: Arizona State:
Week 2: 27/36 75% 345 YDs 3 TD 1INT 120.7 Rating
Why?: Carpenter has been able to put up huge numbers. I wasn’t big on him after a 30-13 win over Northern Arizona, but putting up big numbers against Stanford is a different story. The problem for Carpenter remains his protection. If he gets the time he has an outstanding WR core that can get the job done. I’ll be looking ahead to Georgia, but for now his squad’s national ranking as well as his numbers put him on the Heisman bubble.

Next Game: UNLV September 13th

QB: Juice Williams: Illinois
Week 2: 16/25 124 YDs 64% 1 TD 2 INT 16 Car 174 YDs 2 TD
Why?: Despite playing down to Eastern Illinois’ level this Saturday, Juice still got the job done. With Pat White falling and Tebow not grabbing a lot of attention, it is quickly becoming evident that Juice is the most electrifying duel threat in the nation. Stayed tuned to see if last week was a fluke and that he will put up numbers like he did against Missouri all season.

Next Game: Louisiana-Lafayette September 13th

These two are admittedly homer picks, but stick with me. What these two are doing maybe doesn’t deserve Heisman attention, but at least warrants some national attention.

QB Willie Tuitama: Arizona:
Week 2: 25/32 75.8% 292 Yds 2 TD

RB Nic Grigsby: Arizona:
Week 2: 20 Car 135 YDs 3 TD

Why?: Tuitama is probably one of the most underrated QBs not only in Pac-10 but the Nation. In Dykes offense he is going to shatter Arizona as well Pac-10 passing records. Arizona beat Idaho 70-0 and then followed it up with a 41-16 thrashing of Toledo. One of these guys needs to get attention, and admittedly it probably won’t be for the Heisman, but if they keep winning and climbing the ladder once conference play starts they deserve national exposure.

Next Game: @ New Mexico September 13th

Those the Media might try to get on my list:

QB Patrick Pinkney: East Carolina:
Why?: Put East Carolina on the map with a win over VTech, then launched the Pirates to #14 in the nation by embarrassing an 8th ranked West Viriginia Squad.
Why Not?: The numbers are not overwhelmingly impressive, not as far as a Non-BCS quarterback making a run for the Heisman are concerned. With the rest of the Pirate’s schedule looking manageable he will need to put up some huge numbers to get any kind of attention.

Next Game: @ Tulane September 13th