Heisman Watch Week Seven: Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy Survive Tests

Bleacher ReportContributor IOctober 18, 2009

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 17: Quarterback Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks to pass the ball against the USC Trojans in the first quarter of the game at Notre Dame Stadium on October 17, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow’s Heisman candidacy is quickly becoming college football’s greatest enigma. His statistics weren’t otherworldly against Arkansas. They were rather pedestrian in fact. His 255 yards passing and 69 yards rushing seemed somewhat insignificant, and he created just one touchdown.

But Tebow once again proved his leadership ability and drove the Gators down the field for the winning field goal to escape the upset bid from Arkansas. That has to only boost his Heisman chances. True, much of his hype for this year’s award is from a familiarity with him from the last two years, but there is no denying his abilities on the field to get the job done.

Colt McCoy

What a huge hit Colt McCoy’s Heisman chances took on Saturday. In his biggest game of the season, McCoy put on his worst overall performance. If not for his own tackle to prevent a pick-six from the Sooners, the Longhorns may have lost the game, and McCoy’s chances may have been shot even more.

As it stands, McCoy did deliver the victory for his team, and the tackle may be Heisman reel material, so maybe not all was lost. His 53.8-percent completion percentage was by far the worst of the season, and surprisingly, his interception made it six straight games with at least one pick against McCoy.

Jimmy Clausen

Okay, so Jimmy Clausen was unable to defeat the mighty Trojans of USC for the Fighting Irish, but there was a lot that Clausen did in the game that definitely improved his Heisman chances on Saturday.

As the first quarterback to throw a touchdown pass against the Trojan defense, Clausen was already being lauded for his success against the tough defense of USC. Then he threw another. And then two passes went begging from the five-yard line, which would have given the Irish a chance at USC in overtime.

But, Clausen was able to bring the Irish almost all the way back from a big deficit, always popular with the Heisman voters.

Todd Reesing

Another of the quarterbacks who just couldn’t get their team all the way back from a huge deficit, Todd Reesing showed once again why he’s one of the most productive QBs in the nation, throwing for 401 yards in the 34-30 loss to Colorado.

Kansas was down big early, but Reesing continued his dominance of Big 12 secondaries this season and almost brought the Jayhawks back. Really crushing though was his rush average, which ended at -5.7 yards per rush, which likely helped to doom the Jayhawks from the beginning, and allowed Colorado to get its first Big 12 win.

Jacory Harris

Harris’s performance against UCF was good. It just wasn’t great. And great is what Harris will need to continue to sit on Heisman Watch lists around the country. UCF is no Oklahoma, and is no Virginia Tech, against whom Harris did struggle a bit, but his underwhelming performance against UCF doesn’t bode well for his Heisman chances. Neither does his -4.9 yards per rush on Saturday.

Harris will have to step it up, otherwise a few candidates lurk below him and he could find himself off this list very soon.