Heisman Watch Week Eight: Suddenly Tebow and McCoy Play Like Themselves Again

Bleacher ReportContributor IOctober 25, 2009

COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns carries the ball during the game against the Missouri Tigers on October 24, 2009 at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Colt McCoy

If you’ve missed it before, that’s the Colt McCoy the nation is used to seeing. Against Missouri, a team that a fair few thought might hand the Longhorns a upset loss, McCoy instead reinvigorated his Heisman candidacy by passing for 269 yards and three touchdowns on 26-of-31 passing.

McCoy’s performance was good enough to negate his lackluster attempt against Oklahoma, and continued to show why he’s one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the history of college football, this weekend throwing for an 84 percent completion rate.

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow can get you in two ways, and on Saturday, he mastered the two in ways that everyone knew he could, but hadn’t since at least three weeks ago.

Against a very game Mississippi State squad, against which Florida had lost its last four road games, Tebow passed for 127 yards, but more importantly, asserted himself on the ground, rushing for 88 yards and a TD.

Tebow still is living off the Heisman hype from years past, but he may finally be getting to the point where his performance from this year is now finally helping his Heisman candidacy.


Jimmy Clausen

In years past, Boston College had been a trouble spot for the Irish. But under the watch of Jimmy Clausen, the Irish are beginning to emerge again as a national power.

That reemergence is a big reason why Clausen is among the nation’s Heisman trophy hopefuls. Against the Eagles, Clausen passed for 246 yards and two touchdowns against no interceptions.

And most importantly, the junior QB led the Irish to their fifth victory of the season, although the sealing play was an interception return for a touchdown. Clausen had a good game, and likely solidified his Heisman candidacy for now.

Mark Ingram

Ingram, whose 246 yards against South Carolina entered his name into many Heisman conversations, followed that performance up with a rather pedestrian 99 yards against a tough Tennessee defense, nearly cost the Tide the ball game on Saturday.

In losing his first fumble of his career, he set the Volunteers up for the potential tying field goal, only to be saved by the block of Terrance Cody.

Still, Ingram’s numbers have been spectacular to this point, and his continued success in the Tide offensive package, even when QB Greg McElroy struggles, like he did on Saturday, helps his Heisman candidacy.

Todd Reesing

This was definitely Reesing’s toughest game of the season, and may have all but ended his Heisman hopes for a second straight season.

Reesing, who was lighting up Big 12 defenses before Saturday’s matchup with the Oklahoma Sooners, instead couldn’t find a rhythm all night, and threw for three interceptions against zero touchdowns, and his Jayhawks were manhandled by the Sooners 35-13.

Todd Reesing has always been counted out by the experts, and don’t expect him to go quietly into the end of his college career, but for now, his Heisman chances don’t look too special.