Post Week 7 Heisman Ballot

In light of losing track last week of where we were in the college football season, I’ve decided to change up my title wording a bit. Regardless, as for the actual content to be featured here I think you’ll find that for the first time all year you’ll find some actual shakeup in my ballot. With two of the favorites going head to head, and the third of the clear favorites having one of his worst games in two years things are certainly more interesting at the top.

1. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas

McCoy is out in front of the pack for now, but there's still a long way to go

McCoy is out in front of the pack for now, but there

1,557 passing yards? Decent. 189.02 efficiency rating? Pretty good. 17 touchdowns against 3 interceptions? Awesome. 79.4% completion percentage? Absurd. Sure, McCoy doesn’t have the yards that other quarterbacks around the country have (18 more have him beat in this category in fact), but that can be more than excused when you look at the rest of his resume. Also if you consider his 9.4 yards/attempt, good for 6th in the country, then you realize that his yardage numbers are down simply because Texas hasn’t thrown the ball that much with him this year. The head to head matchup last week over Bradford is what put McCoy in the catbird seat for this week, but next week brings a similar play-in scenario with former frontrunner Chase Daniel coming to town.

2. Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

If Colt McCoy is number 1 on this list, then Bradford is more of a 1a than a 2. His numbers on the year are still incredible with more than 2,000 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, and a passer efficiency rating still north of 200. Maybe it’s not fair to put him here because of the head to head matchup from last weekend, seeing as how quarterback v. quarterback isn’t exactly how a game is decided, but unfortunately that’s a way that voters often use to differentiate candidates who all have excellent resumes. If Bradford continues to put up 330 yards and 4 touchdowns a week though it’ll be hard to keep him out of his former spot atop my ballot, no matter what Colt McCoy or anybody else does.

3. David Johnson, QB, Tulsa

David Johnson is a guy that I’m going to try and personally start a crusade to get some Heisman buzz for. All this guy is doing is leading the country with a 204.45 efficiency rating, has thrown 26 touchdowns (also tops in the country), and leads the country (notice a trend yet?) with 11.3 yards per attempt. Maybe people are seeing his numbers and assuming he’s just another product of a little guy school slinging the ball all over the field like there’s no tomorrow, but Johnson is still averaging less than 30 attempts per game. Moreso, Johnson is leading one of the last undefeated teams left in the country. If there’s something else this guy needs to do to get any buzz at all I’m not sure what it is. Maybe his mediocre 67.6 completion percentage is holding him back?

Chase Daniel needs a serious rebound game this week at Texas to avoid slipping out of Heisman contention entirely

Chase Daniel needs a serious rebound game this week at Texas to avoid slipping out of Heisman contention entirely

4. Chase Daniel, QB, Missouri

Daniel had one of the worst games of his career last Saturday night and ultimately cost his team a chance to come back by throwing the game ending interception as the Tigers were driving for a go-ahead score with less than 2 minutes to go. Sure, he still completed nearly ¾ of his passes and threw for 390 yards, but the 3 interceptions and 1 touchdown is what is ultimately costing Daniel in the eyes of voters everywhere. Despite the loss Daniel has an excellent chance to wipe away last week’s setback by earning redemption on a trip to Austin. In order to get back in contention he’ll need an excellent rebound game and his team will likely have to win the Big 12.

5. Donald Brown, RB, Uconn

The fifth spot on my ballot this week was pretty hard for me to fill. It’s not that there wasn’t anybody out there who wasn’t worthy, but rather I had a hard time choosing from the next group of talented players. Ultimately I decided on Donald Brown because of his excellent resume and because I felt my list was a little too QB-heavy. Brown continues his excellent year and while he doesn’t have the rushing lead anymore over Javon Ringer, I just can’t give Ringer props over him because of the stark yard and a half difference in their yards per carry average. Ringer is a product of getting the ball 40+ times a game, Brown is a product of picking up 6 yards every single time he totes the rock. His 12 touchdowns don’t hurt, either.

Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State

If you thought Donald Brown’s 6.0 YPC was impressive, Kendall Hunter bests that by averaging 6.9 yards every time he gets a handoff. With 9 touchdowns on the year and the heart of the offense driving one of the surprises of the year it’s time for voters to take note.

Graham Harrell, QB, Texas Tech

On an afternoon where Texas Tech struggled to put away a peskier-than-expected Nebraska team Harrel was able to complete 20 of 25 for two touchdowns and zero interceptions. While he put a rather pedestrian 284 yards, he still should be on the fringes of the Heisman picture for sure.

Tyrel Fenroy, RB, Louisiana Lafayette

Fenroy really doesn’t have much of a chance of actually contending, but he’s put up a very impressive 7.8 yards per carry and has found the end zone 11 times on the year. Those numbers for a name school would put you at the top of anybody’s list.

Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

Crabtree has probably the best claim to the Heisman of any wideout this year having put up 653 yards and 10 touchdowns so far. In order to overcome the Tech bias though he won’ be able to let up one bit.

MiQuale Lewis, RB, Ball State

MiQuale is another little guy running back to keep your eye on to see where he goes from here. He’s run for 914 yards on 161 carries (5.7 per) and has 13 touchdowns on the year, good enough for second best in the nation.

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