TSR's Top Five Heisman Hopefuls
It's early in the college football season, but here Ryan Bass breaks down his early top five vying for a shot at the Heisman Trophy. You might be surprised at a few names on this list.
A list dominated by quarterbacks, you'll see some of the top throwers in the nation in completion percentage, passing yards, and, well, wins.
Don't look now, but a certain Conference USA quarterback is on the early list and could be climbing up the rankings, while the two golden boys of Florida battle it out for Heisman gold.
The list also features the "Best" running back in the nation.
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5. Case Keenum - Houston - QB
Did anyone realize that the Cougars—yes, the Conference USA Cougars—are ranked as the No. 17 team in the nation? Most of the success is due to their junior quarterback Case Keenum, who falls as the shocker selection as No. 5 on my Heisman list.
Keenum has thrown for 725 yards and seven touchdowns this season, including a season-high 366 yards passing in Houston's last game against Oklahoma State. He's looked crisp, only throwing one interception this season while leading a Cougar offense that is fifth in the nation in average total offense with 525 yards a game.
Among the national ranks, Keenum is 22nd in the nation among quarterbacks in total passing yards, but has the least amount of attempts among those ahead of him and has only played two games. He's ranked No. 4 in the nation in quarterback rating at 180.3 and only trails one of the players on this list for third in the nation.
If Houston can pass their biggest test of the season this Saturday against Texas Tech at home, look for Keenum's name to enter the Heisman conversation.
4. Colt McCoy - Texas - QB
McCoy has been nothing short of spectacular this season for the Longhorns. He's among the top 10 in the nation among quarterbacks in attempts (110), completions (75) and passing yards (859), while completing over 68 percent of his passes.
3. Jacory Harris - Miami - QB
The fab of the early season resides in Florida and his name isn't Tim Tebow. The gem pick for the Heisman is shining out of South Florida and his name is Jacory Harris.
The sophomore quarterback has led Miami to a No. 9 ranking in the nation and wins over ranked teams in FSU and Georgia Tech and has looked impressive doing it. He's ranked fourth in the nation in quarterback rating at 184.1 and has completed just under 70 percent of his passes, good for ninth in the nation.
Harris has brought the "Swagger" back to the 'U' and will be tested in his next two games against No. 11 Virginia Tech and No. 10 Oklahoma. If he can get Miami the win in both of those game, look for Harris' stock to fly.
2. Tim Tebow - Florida - QB
He's the golden boy. Boy wonder. Superman.
Tim Tebow will be in the Heisman race for the third consecutive season, and has a good shot to win his second trophy. The only problem is Tebow isn't having a, well, "Tebow-like" year.
If you take away Tebow's game against a bad football team in Troy, the Gator quarterback has thrown just one touchdown pass, has an interception and has accounted for a total of 380 total yards against subpar teams like Charleston Southern and Tennessee.
The reason he's so high on my list? He is the reason for his team being ranked No. 1 in the nation. He is, well, Tim Tebow.
If the Gators can dominate teams and if Tebow puts up a good showing against LSU, Georgia and FSU, look to see the golden boy back on top in my rankings.
1. Jahvid Best - Cal - RB
Cal's superstar running back has been on a phenomenal tear to start the season, and he doesn't look to be slowing down. That's why he is No. 1 on my Heisman list.
He has eight rushing touchdowns on the season, which leads the nation.
His rushing yards? Third in the nation at 412 yards.
Best torched Minnesota in his last game on the ground for five touchdowns while amassing 131 yards. Things don't get much harder for the nation's top rusher this weekend as he takes on Oregon, who has allowed 151 yards on the ground per game.
The rest of the season could be put on cruise control for Best and he still just might come out on top for the Heisman. Tough games against USC, UCLA, and Washington are looming, but don't look for that to hold down the Best (yes, pun intended) running back in the country.