Heisman Watch Week Nine: Solid Performances All Around

Bleacher ReportContributor INovember 1, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Cougars throws the ball against the Tulane Green Wave at the Louisiana Superdome on October 17, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Colt McCoy

Nothing special from McCoy this week, but at this point in the season, where no one is stepping up, that’s more than enough to keep him on most lists.

The Oklahoma State game was supposed to be a challenge for the Longhorns, but they didn’t struggle in the least, and McCoy had a relatively quiet night, completing 16 of 21 for 171 yards and a touchdown pass. In the coming weeks, McCoy will certainly have opportunities for big statistical output, as the Longhorn’s schedule gets a whole lot easier.

Tim Tebow

A solid all-around game from Tebow helped Florida continue its recent dominance of the Georgia-Florida rivalry. In rushing for 85 yards and two touchdowns, Tebow also broke Herschel Walker’s all-time SEC rushing touchdowns record, which had stood at 50.

Tebow was also relatively proficient through the air, passing for two touchdowns on just 21 attempts. Tebow too will have the opportunity to get some big statistics into his resume in the coming weeks, as the Gators have a pretty easy rest of the SEC regular season.

Jimmy Clausen

Just as the previous two quarterbacks on this list, Clausen oversaw an easy victory. For the Fighting Irish, that victory came over Washington State in San Antonio, Texas.

Clausen finished with two more passing touchdowns, bringing his season total to 16, on track to match or better his output from last season, where he had 25 TD passes. And for the third straight game, Clausen went without an interception, important in the Irish’s recent success.

Mark Ingram

Mark Ingram had a bye this week, but his overall statistics speak for themselves, and therefore Ingram stays among the Heisman favorites. Already over 1,000 yards on the season, Ingram has been integral in the Crimson Tide’s success this year, and has played an important role in the success of Alabama’s offensive success, although against the SEC, the yards have been harder to come by.

Case Keenum

Keenum, following rather subpar performance last week against Southern Methodist, followed it up with his best performance of the season, and of his career. His 559 yards on 44 of 54 passing helped Houston continue its surprising season, improving their record to 7-1. Keenum also passed for five touchdowns, a career high.