The 2008 college football season is halfway through, and that means part two of four in my "Heisman Watch 2008" series.
There have been surprises and disappointments so far this season, as there are in any college football year. The greatness of Javon Ringer, Graham Harrell, and Sam Bradford have been feel good stories, while Tim Tebow has let down the nation for the most part.
I know you didn't open this article to hear me "define" the year so far, so here are my five Heisman hopefuls and honorable mentions:
5. Max Hall, QB (B.Y.U. 5-0) JUNIOR *Last Article: No. 4
1,587 Pass Yards, 17 Pass TD, 172.05 Rating, 4 INT
Hall has thrown nearly 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns in three games for his Cougars. He is also completing 74% of his passes for a top 10 team. Don't forget about Max Hall, even though he plays in the Mountain West Conference.
4. Chase Daniel, QB (Missouri 5-0) SENIOR *Last Article: No. 2
1,665 Pass Yards, 15 Pass TD, 196.38 Rating, 1 INT
Chase Daniel and his Tigers keep winning and Daniel keeps putting up numbers. The nation's fourth-rated passer has averaged about 372 yards per game. Also, the way that he handled the Nebraska Cornhuskers proves that he can beat the best of them.
3. Javon Ringer, RB (Michigan State 5-1) SENIOR *Last Article: NR
212 Attempts, 988 Rush Yards, 12 Rush TDs, 0 Fumbles
Javon Ringer has surprised people, to say the least. This beast from Michigan's other team has averaged 179 rush yards and game and has multiple over 200. Ringer can even catch the ball, with seven catches for 60 yards. A Brian Westbrook in the making?
2. Sam Bradford, QB (Oklahoma 5-0) SOPHOMORE *Last Article: No. 3
1,665 Pass Yards, 18 Pass TD, 204.97 Rating, 3 INT
The quarterback from the nation's No. 1 team is proving that he belongs in the race. Bradford ranks third in the nation in pass efficiency, while leading BCS schools with 16 touchdowns. In last few weeks he has torn apart both TCU's and Baylor's defenses.
1. Graham Harrell, QB (Texas Tech 5-0) SENIOR *Last Article: HM
2,027 Pass Yards, 18 Pass TD, 161.04 Rating, 3 INT
This man's on fire. Once again, ESPN ain't giving him any love, but I am. He has thrown for the most pass yards out of any quarterback in the nation. This senior dosen't have the passer rating of the other passers on the list but, he can throw the deep ball to his favorite receiver, Michael Crabtree. Expect Harrell and Texas Tech to keep rolling right into a BCS bowl game in January.
Honorable Mention: Crabtree, WR (Texas Tech) 38 Receptions, 564 Yards, 8 TD
Colt McCoy, QB (Texas) 1,279 Yards, 16 TD, 197.94 Rating
Knowshon Moreno, RB (Georgia) 78 Attempts, 489 Yards, 10 TD
NR: Not Ranked; HM: Honorable Mention