Heisman Candidates '07

Leon WynnAnalyst IOctober 2, 2007

The Heisman vote is decided by 870 members of the media and all past Hesiman winners.  The nation is split into six sections (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest, Southwest, Far West), each consisting of 145 media voters.

Each voter lists his top three choices, with the top choice receiving three points, the second receiving two and the third receiving one. The player receiving the highest number of points across all six sections is declared the winner.

This season has been full of downs, ups, and upsets. Here is my list of the nine players who have consistently performed well and should remain on the minds of Heisman voters. Yes, I said nine. The tenth slot has too many possibilities for me to cover efficiently.

Icon#1 Andre Woodson Sr.
Kentucky QB

Florida Atlantic Corner Tavious Polo is proud to be responsible for breaking Woodson’s streak of 325 consecutive passes without an interception. That’s right folks, 325 beauties evaded defenders hands. While this record has caught the attention of most, let’s look at some other records Woodson set in his game against FAU.

 Woodson threw for a season-high 301 yards and a career-high five touchdowns in the Kentucky’s 45-17 win over FAU. This season, Woodson has completed 112 out of 167 attempts to rack up 1309 yards and 16 TDs while throwing only 1 interception.

Unfortunately for Woodson, Kentucky is about to begin what is arguably the toughest three-game stretch in college football. The Wildcats will likely fall from the ranks of the undefeated, but expected a spectacular performance from Woodson all season.

Icon#2 DeSean Jackson Jr.
Cal WR

The junior receiver hauled in 11 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns in an impressive victory at Oregon. Jackson officially began his Heisman run last weekend after being limited to only 67 yards in the previous two games combined due to a sprained thumb. Jackson certainly has one thing going for him, the ability to make spectacular, circus-act catches and put some decent yards in after he makes the snag.

Before the ‘07 season started, Jackson was Rated as the No. 1 receiver in the nation by The Sporting News and Rivals.com, as well as the No. 1 special teams player by Rivals. He was also recognized as the Playboy Magazine Preseason All-American. Mel Kiper even tabbed him as the No. 1 junior receiver in the nation. Jackson is certainly one of the most exciting players in the nation.

If he can keep from aggravating his hand, Jackson is sure to put up some impressive stats along with some dazzling, highlight reel catches.

#3 Glenn Dorsey Sr.

With three years as a Varsity starter under his belt, this 6-foot-2, 300-pound beast is the best defensive player on the best defensive team in the nation. He is quick off the snap and has a remarkable drive to make tackles. Dorsey is disruptive to an offense and comes from the #1 team. There is no question in anyone’s mind that if Dorsey would have went to the NFL this year, he would have been a top-10 pick.

Is there an unwritten rule that a Defensive player can’t take the Heisman? Michigan's Charles Woodson is the only defender to take the trophy, earning his hardware in 1997. However, Woodson’s stats included those of receiver and kick returner. Dorsey himself said the trophy should go to the "pretty boys" at quarterback or running back, but he is getting quite good at knocking around those “pretty boys.”

"That's been my attitude the whole time," Dorsey said before the season. "I just want to come out and show everybody what I got. I always feel like I'm the underdog. That's the way I take everything. I always feel like I have something to prove and that just brings the best out in me."

If LSU remains undefeated and Dorsey continues to perform-maybe smack Tebow around a bit in this weekends game-this defensive player may have a shot at taking the trophy home to his Ma, the first purely defensive player to do so.

#4 Dennis Dixon Sr.
Oregon QB

#5 Matt Ryan Sr.
Boston College QB

#6 Mike Hart Sr.
Michigan RB

#7 Darren McFadden Jr.
Arkansas RB

#8 Chase Daniel Jr.

Missouri QB

#9 Tim Tebow So.

Florida QB



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