College Football Heisman Race: Week Three

Eric SamulskiCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2009

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 5:  The original cast of the 1935 Heisman trophy is displayed December 5, 2005 in New York City. The plaster cast sculpture for what became the Heisman trophy is estimated to sell for $200,000 to $300,000 at auction December 10.  (Photo by Michael Nagle/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. (3) Jahvid Best—RB, California

When you score every TD for your team in a win, it's hard to argue that you are not carrying them to victory.

Best put up 131 yards and five TD's to help Cal pull away from Minnesota. On the year he has 413 yards, nine touchdowns and an average of 7.8 yards per carry in three games. 

2. (1) Colt McCoy—QB, Texas

Colt drops from the top spot based on Best's performance and McCoy's own errors. He was able to help Texas to a close victory against Tech last week, but his 205 yards, one TD and two interceptions left a lot to be desired.

His 859 yards and 6 TDs so far this season are a glimpse of the good things he can do, his 4 INTs already are a glimpse of some of his downfalls.

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3. (2) Tim Tebow—QB, Florida

If Tennessee had a better QB to lead them, Florida may have had a much different week. It was an uninspiring performance by the reigning champs and a shaky performance from its leader.

Tebow threw for 115 yards and no TDs and had to run the ball 24 times to help carry the team. But he only had 76 yards rushing to go with his TD.

He needs to do some better things in both areas if he wants another trophy.


4. (4) Daryll Clark—QB, Penn State

Here's another QB who was not spectacular, but did enough to help his team win, albeit against a much weaker opponent.

Clark went 16-for-26 for 167 yards, two TDs, and an interception in Penn State's win, but his lack of mistakes could make him a better bet than McCoy in the long run.

For the season he has completed 67 percent of passes for 760 yards, eight TD's and three interceptions.

5. (8) Dez Bryant—WR, Oklahoma State

Bryant jumped back into the hunt by showing what he can do on the receiving end, and not just on special teams.

He abused Rice with nine catches for 161 yards and two TD's on Saturday.  It jumped his totals to 323 yards and four TD's in three games, to go along with his special teams TD.

6. (9) Jake Locker—QB, Washington

Locker thrust himself and his team onto the big stage with a huge victory over USC this weekend. It wasn't his best statistical performance, but it showed that he can make plays when it counts and be a leader.

He accounted for 237 yards through the air and a rushing TD. On the season, he's thrown for 811 yards and five TD's and added two TD's on the ground.

7. (5) Max Hall- QB, BYU

The loss to Florida State was huge for BYU in their national championship hopes. They really needed to keep themselves in the picture in order to give Hall a chance, but his stats the rest of the way could keep his name on people's tongues.

Against Florida State, Hall threw for 306 yards and two TD's, but added a back-breaking three interceptions. On the season, he has 944 yards and six TD's, but a shocking six interceptions.

8. Jacquizz Rodgers—RB, Oregon State

Up against their toughest competition of the year, Oregon State and Rodgers both failed to sizzle.

On 20 carries, he piled up only 73 yards and a TD and mustered only 19 yards on five receptions.

The do-it-all RB was nursing an injured ankle, so some of his stats can be forgiven. And he is a huge part of their offense, putting up 342 yards and five TDs on the ground and adding another 116 yards through the air.

9. Jacory Harris—QB, Miami (FL)

In two games this year, the sophomore has led Miami to two huge upsets and helped them climb back into the top 10.

He's also helped boost his own stock. He's thrown for 656 yards and five TD's, including 270 yards and three TD's in this week's upset against Georgia Tech.


10. Case Keenum—QB, Houston

Houston was off this past week, but was able to move into the rankings based on other slip-ups.

In the upset over Oklahoma State he showed how versatile he can be in the offense. For the year, he has compiled 725 yards and seven TD's in two games and also added two rushing TDs.

Dropped out: (9) Dwyer and (10) Bradford


Terelle Pryor—QB, Ohio State

Pryor thrust himself back into the picture with a dominant performance against a weak Toledo team. He did it through the air, going 17-for-28 with 262 yards and three TDs.  He also carried the ball 12 times for 110 yards and a TD.

He's got to cut down on mistakes and do good things against better teams to have a shot.

Taylor Potts—QB, Texas Tech

He's regarded as Tech's best QB since Leach took over the program, which is saying something.

He certainly has the most NFL ready body. His numbers aren't too bad in three games either, throwing for 1,281 yards and 12 TDs.

Tony Pike—QB, Cincinnati

Cincy keeps climbing up the rankings and as it does, Pike keeps climbing into people's minds.

In each win, he keeps showing that he is a serious threat throwing the football. On the season he's thrown for 923 yards and eight TD's to go along with two rushing TD's.

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