Qualk Talk: Top Five Heisman Contenders

William QualkinbushSenior Analyst IAugust 19, 2008

First of all, I would like to apologize for not posting on Friday or Monday. It's been a hectic and stressful few days--I'll just leave it at that.

Anyway, this year's Heisman winner is anybody's guess. In my opinion, there are about ten or twelve guys who are capable of winning. This is a list of the upper tier of contenders as I see them.

5. Jeremy Maclin, WR Missouri

Maclin is the best all-purpose player in the country, and he only has one season under his belt.

Last season, he amassed 2,776 all-purpose yards, which set a freshman record and ranks fifth in NCAA history. He is a threat to score every time he touches the ball--there are other players who may be faster, but Maclin's football speed is virtually unmatched.

Expect another incredible year from Maclin, as he becomes more knowledgeable and experienced.

4. Knowshon Moreno, RB Georgia

Not many people play harder than this guy, who routinely runs back to the huddle just as quickly as he runs with the football.

Moreno burst onto the scene as a freshman last season with over 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is good enough to win the Heisman, but I'm not convinced that Mark Richt will allow him to get enough touches to match his stats from a season ago.

Plus, Georgia's brutal schedule could prove to be a mental nightmare for this youngster. Still, watch out for him to set the tone for the Georgia offense in a big way.

3. Michael Crabtree, WR Texas Tech

Crabtree shattered all freshman receiving records last season, and thrust his name into this year's Heisman conversation with his consistency, size, and speed.

His numbers (134 receptions, 1,962 yards, and 22 touchdowns) were far and away the best in college football, which is partially due to playing in Mike Leach's offense. Still, this guy has through-the-roof potential and the perfect offense to put up video game-esque stats once again.

Look for Crabtree's stock to rise after big games early in the conference schedule.

2. Chase Daniel, QB Missouri

4,306 passing yards and 33 touchdowns will get anybody a ton of exposure. For Chase Daniel, the only senior on my list, it may take a trip to a BCS bowl game to get Heisman voters to notice him this year.

This guy's arm is golden--he has an absolute cannon when he unleashes the deep ball, and his touch is remarkable on slants and outs. Plus, with weapons like Maclin at receiver, Daniel should be able to pile up stats once again.

His Heisman stock will be directly linked to Missouri's team performance this season, which I think will be pretty good.

1. Tim Tebow, QB Florida

Forget his Heisman from a year ago. Forget the fact that Emmanuel Moody now gives Florida a threat at tailback. My theory on greatness is that it shows itself, no matter what the circumstances may be.

Tebow's sophomore season has been well-documented--4,181 yards of total offense and 55 total touchdowns (23 rushing, 32 passing). While his stats may not be quite as gaudy after the addition of Moody to the backfield, he will still get enough media attention to heighten his achievements.

I think Tim Tebow's greatness will show itself once again, and I predict that he will win his second consecutive Heisman Trophy.

Once again, thanks for reading! Tomorrow, I'm thinking of discussing five potential Heisman winners who are flying under the radar a little bit. God bless!