Heisman Watch: Week 5
Tebow and the Gators had the week off, and it could not have come at a better time for the nationally adored Tim Tebow. After being knocked out of the game against Kentucky with a severe concussion, Tebow would not have been able to participate in a game held this weekend. Instead, Tebow got a chance to rest, and now may be able to compete in the Gator’s match up with LSU, a game that holds not only SEC importance, but national importance as well.
McCoy and the Longhorns had the week off, but after his upcoming match up with Colorado, the road will get tough for McCoy and his team. The Longhorns will face three straight ranked opponents, and only one, Oklahoma, will not be on the road. In fact, the Red River shootout will be held at neutral field, Fair Park, and therefore will not have a ranked team visit Austin until Kansas visits in late November. These few games may be McCoy’s best shot to strengthen his Heisman prospects, and possibly vault him into favorite status.
Harris’s effort wasn’t all fun and games against Oklahoma, he did struggle, but Harris’s effort was enough to get the win for the Hurricanes, and reassure the nation that “The U” is back, and for that, Harris stays on the Heisman Watch board for one more week at least. Harris threw for a rather ordinary 202-yards, but his three touchdowns were all the Hurricanes needed to beat the Sooners in the weekend’s biggest non-conference match up, and for that, Harris’s Heisman stock is sure to rise.
Best, after being the Heisman frontrunner for two consecutive weeks, now finds himself falling off Heisman boards all over the country, and is in danger of falling of the BCS Know How Heisman Watch as well. After 55 yards against Oregon was not enough to impress any Heisman voter, Best followed it up with a paltry 32-yard rushing performance in the Golden Bears important in-conference battle with USC. Cal’s performance the past two weeks also hinder Best’s Heisman hopes. He and the Golden Bears will need to step up to their remaining Pac-10 schedule if Best is to make a trip to NYC in Decemeber.
Reesing had another stellar game against Southern Mississippi this weekend, strengthening his claim to be part of the Heisman conversation. Equally important, his Kansas Jayhawks remained undefeated, and because team performance is very important to Heisman legitimacy, Reesing’s Heisman stock is certainly rising. In leading his team to a 35-28 victory, Reesing passed for more than 300 yards for the second time this season, and added three TDs to his season total, against just one pick. The real tests for Reesing are ahead, though, as the Jayhawks prepare for their tough upcoming Big 12 schdule, which includes match ups against Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska and Missouri.
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