Quarterbacks Dominate Early Heisman Watch List

Nathan TowlesCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2008

What a year it has been so far, just weeks into the 2008 season.

We have the half the SEC in the top 25, six non-BCS teams in the top 25, and other more recent powerhouses out of the top 25.

After four weeks of play, there are plenty of hopeful teams and plenty of disappointed coaches, players, and fans that have already had their BCS hopes busted.

The most surprising team is still Georgia (even with BYU unbeaten). They are still unbeaten and proving they are a very good team with wins over South Carolina and traveling across the states to beat Arizona State.

USC has shown that they are just as good, hosting an Ohio State team that finally got exploded on in regular season, rather than in the BCS title game like the years before.

BYU is still undefeated, even though the game with Washington was given to them. They have a very good offense and now the defense is showing up. That may have something to do with the weak show of their conference and lack of playing a power football team.

The most disappointing team is a toss-up. I would have thought that post-RichRod West Virginia would have played a lot better.

At the same time, Michigan really hasn't done anything with him.

Vanderbilt is ranked for the first time since some people can remember and actually want to remember.

The quarterbacks are taking over the Heisman race, but most conference games have yet to be played and most likely will change this race.

Here are my top Heisman candidates.

Chase Daniel has passed for 1,412 yards, 12 touchdowns, and only one interception. His completion percent is 75.9 percent. Missouri hasn't really played anybody except for Illinois. Daniel is putting up stupid numbers week in and week out. If this is kept up, then look out.

Sam Bradford has had a good year so far, passing for 882 yards, 12 touchdowns, and two interceptions. His completion percent is 79 percent. Oklahoma hasn't played anybody so far—look for their game against TCU this weekend to show if he will stay on this list.

Tim Tebow hasn't had very good numbers, but you have to put the defending Heisman winner on the list. He's passed for 489 yards and five touchdowns and has an average completion percentage of 59.4 percent. He has also rushed for 118 yards. This isn't last year's Tim Tebow and won't be last year's Tim Tebow.

Knowshon Moreno has rushed for 455 yards with nine touchdowns, coming out of the backfield with seven receptions for 96 yards. He can move up the list with more productive games like the one at ASU, where he rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns.

Max Hall has shown he deserves to be in this talk, passing for 1,284 yards, 15 touchdowns, and two interceptions. His completion percent is at 74.3 percent, although against poor defenses.

This year again should be like last year, where the BCS title game could come down to the conference championship week.

It is still early and anything can happen—just like college football.