In this article I will give a preview of each of the top ten Heisman trophy candidates. I will also rank them, and give reasons for why they will or will not win the most coveted trophy in college football.
10.) Dan LeFervour-This "unknown" from Central Michigan will be a household name by season's end. While only being a sophomore last year LeFervour put up some of the best numbers in the country. Through the air he had 3,652 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. On the ground he had a mind numbing 1,122 yards and 19 touchdowns
Why he will win- He is their team. He will be involved on almost every play. Also not a single defense stands in his way...besides the number one ranked Georgia bulldogs.
Why he won't win- Being in the conference he is, with the schedule he has, he would have to double other players stats in order to win the Heisman.
9.) Colt McCoy- Last year this longhorn junior amassed 3,303 yards while throwing 22 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Though inconsistencies lurk, this junior definitely makes the list.
Why he will win- He has gotten smarter in the off season. He will make better choices and cut down on the INT's.
Why he won't win- An offensive line that allows 24 sacks does put a damper on his hype. If he is to win, a repeat of last years line is unacceptable.
8.) Michael Crabtree- I can't say enough about this freshman...Last year Crabtree hauled in a record setting 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns. He won the Biltenikoff and Paul Warfield awards. He also was a unanimous 1st team All-American.
Why he will win- With Graham Harrel behind center you know this young man will have an unbelievable amount of yards. He has the perfect build for a receiver and is very aggressive
Why he won't win- teams will know who he is now, and double team him in response. The last time a wide receiver won the Heisman was 17 years ago. He is at a position where it is uncommon to see a Heisman winner.
7.) Patrick White- A great athlete. Last year White proved to be a problem through the air and on the ground. He threw for 1,724 yards, 14 touchdowns, and four interceptions. On the ground he ran for 1,335 yard and felt the end zone 14 times.
Why he will win- Now that Steve Slaton is gone the mountaineers will depend on White to produce big plays...He has proven he's good under pressure.
Why he won't win- He isn't enough of a threat through the air. He uses too much legs and didn't have one game in '07 where he threw for over 200 yards.
6.) Matthew Stafford- Improving as we speak...he is a great one waiting to happen. In last years campaign Stafford threw for 2,523 yards,19 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Why he will win- A group of talented receivers are always a help. With Sean Bailey, Mohamed Massaquoi, and highly hyped freshman A.J. Green leading the way.
Why he won't win- The running backs. With players like Knowshon Moreno and Caleb King it will be hard to get the numbers he needs to make it to New York.
5.) Percy Harvin- One of the most explosive players in all college football. He can be on one leg and still juke you out of your shoes. Last season Harvin had 764 yards rushing and six touchdowns. In the receiving department he had 858 yards and four touchdowns.
Why he will win- He is a very versatile player that WILL find a way to hurt you. He is a fast and elusive player who cuts through the smallest holes in the line. An almost sure touchdown in the open field.
Why he won't win- Injuries have given him trouble his whole career. For some reason he can't stay healthy.
4.) Chris Wells- Wells is the best running back in the Big-10 hands down. Last year he scorched defenses and the numbers show it. He rushed for 1,609 yards and found the end zone 15 times.
Why he will win- He is a bright star in a otherwise average conference. He will bash up defenses and roll on to New York.
Why he will lose- He has so much preseason hype when the real deal starts he won't put up numbers everybody expects. He will be yesterdays news.
3.) Chase Daniel- One of the two players returning from the Heisman Presintation in New York last year. Looking at last years stats he threw for 4,306 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. He also ran for 253 yards and four touchdowns.
Why he will win- Last year he won against every team he played...except the Oklahoma Sooners. He will not soon forget that.
Why he will not win- He won't win because of a tough schedule and a lot of teams want a little revenge on Daniel.
2.) Knowshon Moreno- I cannot think of any other word except...elusive. He is nearly impossible to tackle. He is the best running back I have seen in my short time watching the sport. He rushed for 1,334 yards and 14 touchdowns. He didn't start until mid-season.
Why he will win- He is a complete back. He has every tool he needs and then some. Also he has a very solid o-line.
Why he won't win- A long line of half backs wait to prove they are the man, And Matthew Stafford will be his competition on his own team.
1.) Tim Tebow- The reigning Heisman trophy winner. He is unbelievable. In his sophomore campaign he threw for 3,286 yards and 32 touchdowns. On the ground he was equally impressive with 895 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Why he will win it- He is not satisfied. He isn't in this for his own accomplishment which makes a large difference.
Why he won't win- He has so many playmakers around him he won't do as much as last year.