Heisman Watch: Week 3

Bleacher ReportContributor ISeptember 20, 2009

Tim Tebow

Truth be told, Tebow did not have his best stuff this weekend against the very game Volunteers defense, but he did lead his team to victory. That might be enough for a zero-passing touchdown performance to be forgotten among Heisman voters and pundits. Tebow did punch in a rushing touchdown, but he carried the ball 24 times for just 76 yards, very much below his normal rushing average. As the Gators hit the meat of the SEC schedule, Tebow may have to step it up to stay in the hunt.

Colt McCoy

Also not McCoy’s best on Saturday against a surprisingly tough Texas Tech squad, when this may have been a good game to pad statistics. McCoy wasn’t the only one searching for offense; most of the first half was a defense struggle. McCoy finished with his lowest QB rating and lowest offensive output of the young season, passing for only 205 yards and one TD against two picks. The opponents only get hard from here on out, so McCoy must improve to win his first trophy.

Jacory Harris

Replacing a still ailing Sam Bradford this week, Jacory Harris has been a great surprise for a revitalized Miami offense under young head coach Randy Shannon. His most recent effort, against ACC foe Georgia Tech, was a true coming out party for the young QB on national television. He completed 80% of his passes and threw for three TDs in leading his Hurricanes to the easy 33-17 victory. Harris opened the season with a good performance against Florida State, but his statistics did not tell the entire story. Harris’s leadership and game management won that game for the Hurricanes, and put his name on a fair few Heisman voters’ minds.

Jahvid Best

Best went completely off against a obviously overmatched Golden Gopher defense on Saturday, rushing for 131 yards and five TDs. Each touchdown was more impressive than the next, and Best has cemented himself into the Heisman race as the most consistent performer of the young season.

Terrelle Pryor

A huge bounce back game for Pryor has likely reinvigorated his Heisman candidacy and reclaimed a little of the lost glory that the Buckeyes were missing after losing to a now befuddled USC team last week. Pryor led his team up and down the field, completing 17 of 28 for 262 yards and three TDs, for a QB rating of more than 160. He also added an astounding 110 yards on the ground on just 12 attempts, and scored one more TD on the ground.


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