Top Five Heisman Trophy Candidates After Week One

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer ISeptember 1, 2008

After Week One, a ton of players showed that they have the potential to win the Heisman Trophy. That being said, this list isn't necessarily who is going to be on most Heisman lists, but rather who should be.

5) Donald Brown, UConn (23 carries for 146 yards, 4 TD)

Brown followed up stellar freshman and sophomore seasons with an enormous game against Hofstra to start the 2008-2009 season.

What those stats don't tell is that Brown scored all four touchdowns in the first half. If he can shoulder the load for the Huskies, they look poised to post another 9-4 year. For each big performance Brown has, it definitely enhances his chances as a darkhorse for the Heisman.

4) Mark Sanchez, USC (26-35, 338 yards, 3 TD, 1 rushing TD)

There's no darkhorse about this pick. If Sanchez puts up big numbers two weeks from now in the Coliseum, don't be surprised if his name vaults to the top of this list.

Everyone in the nation will be watching that game, and if USC can put on a strong showing, Sanchez might just join the club as the next Heisman Trophy winner from the storied bunch of Trojans before him did.

3) Pat White, West Virginia (25-33, 208 yards, 5 TD, 63 rushing yards)

White has been on every preseason Heisman list for the last two years. Could this finally be the season for the dual-threat QB? He certainly put up some gaudy numbers, albeit against a weak FCS defense in Villanova.

Head coach Bill Stewart promised to allow White more chances to show off his arm, and boy did he ever to the tune of five touchdowns.

2) Shun White, Navy (19 carries for 348 yards, 3 TD)

This probably isn't the same White you expected to see at this ranking, but with his HUGE day against Towson, he deserves it. Anyone that can run for 348 yards in a game should get some attention, and Shun White has done just that. He had scoring scampers of 87, 73, and 33 yards on his way to the enormous day.

1) Juice Williams, Illinois (26-42, 451 yards, 5 TD)

Illinois didn't have a cupcake as their 2008-2009 opener, instead they played the mighty Missouri Tigers. All Juice Williams did was torch the Tiger D for 451 yards and 5 TDs.

I know Williams worked out with Donovan McNabb this summer in Phoenix, but is he really that much of a passing threat? It's not like Arrelious Benn, his No. 1 target had career night, but he did have 92 yards receiving.

If Williams can play big in some of the more important Big 10 games this year, look for his name to be up on the Heisman board until the very end.

Players who hurt their chances:

Chase Daniel (MIZZ)- He looked out of sorts at times, but his running game really developed to help keep his team's undefeated chances alive.

Knowshon Moreno (UGA)- Sure he found the endzone three times, but he only rushed for 59 yards against a FCS opponent.

CJ Spiller and James Davis (CLEM)- Holy cow! A combined 20 rushing yards from easily the best running duo in the land, yikes! This absolutely hurt their chances of a darkhorse Heisman push.