1. Steve Slaton RB West Virginia So.
Slaton and West Virginia took the week off – mighty Mississippi State awaits. Slaton should be able to pad his numbers against the lower-tier SEC school. If he doesn’t he’ll move down my list. His measure-stick games include: Louisville and Rutgers.
Steve Slaton yearly totals:
Rushing: 86 attempts; 583 yards; 6.8 average; 6 TDs; 4 receptions; 47 yards 11.8 average
1. Troy Smith QB Ohio State Sr.
Smith is steady. He slashed Iowa, the Buckeye’s top opponent before their season-ender against Michigan, for four touchdowns. Ohio State blew the Hawkeyes out in Iowa City, which is a big deal to me. Smith is edging closer to the top of my list. His measure-stick games include: Michigan State and Michigan.
Troy Smith yearly totals:
84 completions; 128 attempts; 1,070 yards; 66% complete; 12 TDs; 2 INTs
3. Calvin Johnson WR Georgia Tech Jr.
Wow, this guy is a full-blown stud. Johnson is the top receiver in the country – that much seems clear now. He had six catches for 115 yards including two back-breaking touchdown catches against Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are doing their part in keeping Johnson’s name in the spotlight. Tech seems to be on the way to the ACC Championship Game, but a few hurdles still remain. His measure-stick games include: Clemson, Miami and Georgia.
Rushing: 1 attempt; 21 yards; 21 average; 0 TD; 25 receptions; 426 yards; 17.0 average; 7 TDs
4. Adrian Peterson RB Oklahoma Jr.
Peterson and Oklahoma took the week off before their clash with the Longhorns. This is Peterson’s key game. He can not struggle against the Horns and expect to be in the running for the Heisman. He punished the Horns with 225 yards on 32 yards in 2004 when Oklahoma beat Texas 12-0. Last year, however, Peterson had only three carries for ten yards as he dealt with an ankle injury during the Longhorns’ 45-12 win. His measure-stick games include: Texas, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma State.
Rushing: 117 attempts; 643 yards; 5.5 average; 7 TDs; 4 receptions; 72 yards; 18 average
5. Chris Leak QB Florida Sr.
I can’t ignore Leak any longer. All he’s done this season is win and throw touchdowns. He won’t win the Heisman in the end unless Tim Tebow is sitting on the bench during all critical situations, and I don’t know if that will happen. However, the Gators have the schedule to make a national title run, and that would put Leak in the middle of the Heisman discussion.
Chris Leak yearly totals:
84 completions; 130 attempts; 1,240 yards; 65% complete; 14 TDs; 4 INTs
Just outside my top five:
Brady Quinn QB Notre Dame Sr. – I can’t strike him for my list just yet, but he’ll need some sick numbers to move into my top five.
Kenny Irons RB Auburn Sr. – Irons pounded South Carolina, but I am going to need a little more to move him into the top five. A 150-yard, two-touchdown performance against Florida in a couple of weeks might do that.