Weixlmann's Tidbits: Mizzou QB Daniel Jumps To Head Of Heisman Race

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer ISeptember 13, 2008

Through the first half at home against Nevada this week, Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel has put on a show, completing 15 of his first 18 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns.

Couple that with Week Two's dominant performance against Southeast Missouri State, in which Daniel went 16-for-17 in the first half alone, and you have a Heisman front runner.

Last year he finished fourth in the final balloting, but if his team can remain on the track of success, Daniel will be destined for New York City once again.

It says something, too, about Daniel that he is the head of the class in what might just be the best quarterback group in Big 12 history.

Aside from Daniel, there's Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, Texas Tech's Graham Harrell, Texas' Colt McCoy, and Kansas' Todd Reesing. They are all in the top forty in the nation in passing efficiency thus far in the 2008 season.

The Texas native, Daniel has proved that even his undersized build can produce rather enormous numbers on the field.

Sure, it doesn't hurt that Daniel has one of the best wide outs in the country in speedster Jeremy Maclin, and NFL-ready tight end Chase Coffman, or for that matter even the upstart Derrick Washington in the backfield.

At some point, though, you have to give some credit to the guy who has the ball in his hands on each and every play.

As good as Daniel's predecessor Brad Smith was, the current Mizzou gunslinger might be even better. He can't get it done with his feet like Smith did, but he blew his way past Smith for the career passing record earlier today against Nevada with an 80-yard strike downfield to Maclin for a touchdown.

It's not Tebow, Sanchez, or Bradford that should be in the spotlight, though. Daniel has the upper-hand to stiff-arm away the competition in the Heisman race.