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The Heisman Race: Week Two

Eric SamulskiCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2009

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11:  The 2004 Heisman Trophy won by Matt Leinart of the University of Southern California Trojans on December 11, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Each week, I'll break down who I think are the top 10 contenders for the Heisman and let you know who may have fallen out of contention. There was a lot of moving and shaking after Week One, so let's get to it.

(Previous ranking in parenthesis)

1. (1) Colt McCoy - QB, Texas

Wyoming is not exactly a strong opponent, but good players put up big numbers in all games. 337 yards and 3 TDs is a good game. And he surprised with his legs, adding 44 yards and another TD.

2. (2) Tim Tebow - QB, Florida

They could even be called 1a and 1b. Tebow started slow, but rebounded, collecting 237 yards and 4 TDs through the air and 71 yards and a TD on the ground, running over Troy.

3. (3) Jahvid Best - RB, California

He's just so fun to watch. Even without the 20-per-game a workhorse gets, he still puts up amazing numbers. Seventeen carries for 144 yards with a TD through the air and on the ground is another more-than-solid game.

4. (4) Darryl Clark - QB, Penn State

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He might not be showing the dual-threat ability many think he has, but he is proving to be a great NFL prospect. He totaled three TDs through the air to go with his 240 yards and 20-of-31 completion numbers.

5. (5) Max Hall - QB, BYU

It's QBs all over the top right now. Max Hall has been putting up big numbers for years, and now people are taking notice. He missed on only eight passes, going 24-of-32 for 309 yards and 2 TDs.

6. (9) Jacquizz Rodgers - RB, Oregon State

He simply does it all. The leading rusher and receiver this week had 26 carries for 166 yards and a TD to go along with 10 receptions for 65 yards.

7. (6) Dez Bryant - WR, Oklahoma State

Big plays have been saving Dez's campaign right now. He had 5 catches for 85 yards, but couldn't get in the end zone. Then he got his hands on the ball on a punt return and took it 82 yards to the house. 

8. (NR) Jake Locker - QB, Washington

The longshot now makes it to the list. The guy has many talents. He was always a good runner and rushed for a TD this week as well, but he improved a lot as a passer. That showed this week as he went 17-of-25 for 253 yards and 3 TDs.

9. (8) Jonathan Dwyer - RB, Georgia Tech

He's hanging on based more on potential than on stats. 18 carries for 66 yards and no TDs is not a Heisman-quality game, but he can blow up at any time.

10. (10) Sam Bradford - QB, Oklahoma

Let's not pretend that we really think he isn't gonna put up big numbers when he comes back in two weeks. Is he likely to win? No, but he's more likely than any guy that would want this spot.

Dropped Out: (6) McKnight


Darkhorses

Michael Floyd - WR, Notre Dame

320 yards and four TDs in two games is certainly noteworthy. Notre Dame is gonna ride Clausen's arm as much as they can, meaning lots of looks for Floyd.

Tate Forcier - QB, Michigan

No, he's not gonna make this list, but I just wanted to give some love here. This kid is something special for a true freshman, leading Michigan to a comeback win over a ranked team. Forcier went 23-of-33 for 240 yards and two TDs, plus 70 yards and a TD on the ground.