Casey’s Call: Handicapping The Heisman
By Casey Keefe
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1. Cam Newton, QB, Auburn: (2,038 pass yards – 21 TD’s – 6 INT’s – 1,297 rush yards – 17 TD’s) – This was a big week for Newton to say the least dealing with all of his off the field controversies. Despite what you read, there was never any real doubt Newton would be on the field last Saturday, and waiting for him was a very good Georgia team. After a slow start, Newton became Newton. He totaled 299 yards and 4 touchdowns in Auburn’s 49-31 victory.
2. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State: (2,588 pass yards – 24 TD’s – 4 INT’s) – Moore leaps LaMichael James by the slimmest of margins. No, Moore doesn’t face the best of competition, but he’s so good its scary. Plus, he is absolutely invaluable to the Broncos. Without Moore, Boise State is still a damn good team – but they wouldn’t be anywhere near this good. His 216 yards and 3 touchdowns against Idaho capped off just another day at the office.
3. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon: (1,422 rush yards – 18 total TD’s) – James wasn’t his usual explosive self (91 yards, 0 TD’s) in the Ducks win against California, but no one on that offense was. It was a rough day all around, but Oregon managed to come out on top. If voters hold Cam Newton’s off the field issues against him and Kellen Moore’s lack of competition against him, James will have a great shot at the hardware.
4. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: (2,511 pass yards – 25 TD’s – 7 INT’s) – Luck wasn’t phenomenal against Arizona State. He was far from it actually. For much of the game, he was merely a mortal – something we’re not accustomed to witnessing from Luck. But when the game was on the line, with the Cardinal down 3, Luck engineered a fourth quarter drive which resulted in the go-ahead decisive score to beat the Sun Devils 17-13 and keep Stanford in the Pac 10 race.
5. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: (84 receptions – 1,430 yards – 17 total TD’s) – Blackmon has been the best wide receiver in the country this season and proved it once again this week against Texas. He hauled in 9 receptions for 145 yards and a touchdown leading the Cowboys to their first win at Texas in 66 years. He creeps into my top 5 with his performance combined with the fact that John Clay sat out Wisconsin’s game against Indiana with an injury.
Outside Looking In…
– Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
– John Clay, RB, Wisconsin
– Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor
– Darron Thomas, QB, Oregon
– Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan
– Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State
Check back on Friday for my preview of all the best games of the weekend.
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