Heisman Watch 2011: Week 13's Best and Worst Final Heisman Auditions
The best and worst final Heisman auditions are here. With so many people out there on the field this weekend, it was extremely hard to make this list.
Most of the players I wanted to write about still have a game next weekend.
This list is short because of that fact. Heisman Final Auditions are held next weekend for the remaining candidates.
Worst Heisman Final Audition: Case Keenum
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Case Keenum has been posting ludicrous numbers all year long.
At least 300 yards passing in every game this season. He broke (and is still setting) the NCAA record for passing TDs in a season, as well as in a game.
He sliced up the Tulsa defense this week for 457 yards and five touchdowns.
The only thing keeping this from being the best Heisman Final Audition ever is the fact that it was Tulsa.
If he did this outside of Conference USA, he'd probably set the record for percentage of total Heisman votes.
Unfortunately for Keenum, it was after all, Tulsa.
It's not that he put up a bad performance at all—it's simply that it had no merit. That's pretty much his entire campaign.
"Look what I did!" We're more impressed with Keenum as we are the all-time-football-record 222-0 shutout by Georgia Tech in 1916—but that's not saying much at all.
Second-Worst Heisman Final Audition: Luke Kuechly
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Sitting at 13 on the Heisman watch list is an accomplishment all by itself.
This week, he broke up a pass, snagged an interception and collected six solo tackles.
Second-worst Heisman final audition goes to Luke Kuechly.
Great guy, excellent player. He will make money at the next level.
This week did nothing to move him up the watch list.
Not a bad performance by most standards, but this is the Heisman. The "Honey Badger" was all over the field against Arkansas on Friday.
You've got to do better than guys that aren't on the list if you want to move up the list.
Tied for Second-Best Heisman Final Audition: Matt Barkley
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USC's Lane Kiffin has said that he feels he should have started a Heisman campaign for his quarterback sooner, and he's probably right.
Even after the late start, he's sitting at No. 5 in the ESPN Heisman watch.
Today, he played his last game, due to the fact that USC is disqualified from the BCS rankings and the postseason altogether.
His last showing was a 50-0 shutout of the PAC-12 Championship-bound UCLA Bruins.
He went 35-of-42 for 423 yards and six TDs through the air.
His season completion percentage landed at 67.6 percent (273-of-404 for 3,105 yards and 33 TDs).
Tied for Second-Best Heisman Final Audition: Abdrew Luck
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Andrew Luck had a good showing against Notre Dame in Week 13.
He went 20-of-30 for 233 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
Normally, that would be good enough for a final audition, especially with his current Heisman hopes.
That performance landed his single-season completion percentage at 70. That's just 0.7 lower than his mark from last year. That's more than Heisman material right there.
The fact that he broke John Elway's 77-touchdown college career mark in the process (totaling 80) makes it even sweeter.
The only blemish on his game from yesterday, while amassing a total of 35 touchdown passes this year, was the interception.
If it weren't for the fact that Trent Richardson was busy running all over Auburn for 203 yards on 27 carries, I believe this performance would have been good enough to lock the Heisman down for Luck.
Now it's up to the voters. Is Richardson's 203 yards good enough to keep him ahead of Luck? Is the interception going to make the difference?
If all that is true, has a "dark horse" saved their best game for last when Luck and Richardson are home watching games on T.V.?
We will see on December 10th.
Best Heisman Final Audition
The best Heisman final audition of the year was this one—27 carries for 203 yards on the ground.
That is a beastly performance, especially in the defense-heavy SEC.
Richardson has 236 carries on the season and has amassed 1,380 yards on the ground with a ridiculous 20 touchdowns.
He has added 26 receptions for 322 yards (and two more TDs), bringing his total production to 1,702 yards.
In the 2009 season, Mark Ingram (the Heisman winner) had 271 carries for 1,658 yards with 32 receptions for another 334 yards.
He had 17 TDs on the ground and three through the air, for a total of 20. Richardson has matched that on the ground alone.
Remember, Ingram's season included an SEC Championship against Florida and a National Championship against Texas.
Richardson is almost equal with him and will have played one less game than Ingram did when the Heisman is presented.
Richardson's career-high 203 yards rushing in a single game went a long way in closing what little gap was there, and I don't see Luck taking it from him at this point, though that remains to be seen.