Friday, December 13, 2002
Vick beginning to resemble a certain Tiger
By Gary Danielson
Special to BCSfootball.com
Each Monday, ABC college football analyst Gary Danielson will break down the top quarterbacks around the country and rank his Top 10.
John Navarre might have done more in one game to hurt Drew Henson's chances at being a Heisman candidate than any defense this year. Just imagine if Henson had put up the same numbers. Now it looks like the team and position rather than the quarterback. Henson is going to have a tough time making a great impression on people.
Henson would have definitely been up there if he was healthy. It doesn't help when a freshman throws four touchdown passes in your spot.
Overall, the first full week of the season went just as I expected. Here is my latest Top 10 with last week's rankings in parentheses:
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No. 1 -- Chris Weinke, Florida State (1)
Last week: Off
Had an off week. Getting ready for Georgia Tech.
No. 2 -- Michael Vick (4)
vs. Akron: 7-11-186, 2 TD, 1 int.; rush: 8-102, 2 TD
The competition wasn't great, but he's beginning to become Tiger Woods-like in that no matter what he continues to do, you don't think there is any way he can continue to do it. I am beginning to think that the guy is on a different level from anybody.
I still maintain that he won't have the same opportunities because Va. Tech's defense is susceptible to teams controlling the ball on it. Michael is picking up right where he left off. He's almost Tiger-like in that he is a must-see -- if he is playing and you have a chance to watch, you watch.
No. 3 -- Drew Brees, Purdue (2)
vs. Central Michigan: 25-42-0-318, 3 TD
Has Kent this week before visiting Notre Dame next week.
No. 4 -- Eric Crouch (3)
vs. S.J. State: 4-10-67, 1 TD, 2 int.; rush: 8-57, 3 TDs
This is no layup. He can earn a lot of points in my book if he does this type of performance at Notre Dame. I'm watching him and Nebraska very closely at Notre Dame. That is going to be a very difficult game for Nebraska. The Irish have played a tough game that is going to help them, and they are used to playing against this style of offense because they practice against it with their own team. They will have a real shot at this game.
No. 5 -- Quincy Carter, Georgia (5)
|Eric Crouch threw three TDs and ran for two more last Thursday against Tulsa.|
vs. Ga. Southern: 16-27-203, 2 TDs, 1 int.; rush: 6-8, 1 TD
Georgia did not show off its full offense in a victory over Division I-AA Georgia Southern.
No. 6 -- Marques Tuiasosopo, Washington (6)
vs. Idaho: 16-30-1-223, 1 TD; 15-80, 1 TD
Marques has a great opportunity these next two games (Miami and Colorado). He is going to get plenty of national attention and this is going to be make-or-break for Washington. If the Huskies win these next two ball games, they are going to enter the national stage.
No. 7 -- Carson Palmer, USC (7)
Last week: Off
Palmer's next hurdle is a Colorado secondary that lost three starters and surrendered four big passing plays in a loss to Colorado State.
No. 8 -- Major Applewhite/Chris Simms, Texas (8)
Last week: Off
|Chris Simms struggled in Texas' opener.|
It looks like Simms is going to have the first chance at being the starter.
No. 9 -- Kurt Kittner, Illinois (9)
vs. Mid. Tenn. St.: 18-26-185, 3 TD, 1 int.
His game is still two weeks away -- Sept. 23 against Michigan.
No. 10 -- Josh Heupel, Oklahoma (10)
vs. UTEP: 18-36-274, 2 TD, 1 int.
Faces Big West Conference member Arkansas State this week.
Others to watch:
Brooks Bollinger, Wisconsin: Anybody that can avoid Shoegate should be mentioned.
David Garrard, East Carolina: On Thursday, he goes against Virginia Tech. It should be a very interesting game and a chance for David to break out.
Ortege Jenkins, Arizona: He has his chance this week as Arizona faces Ohio State.
Romaro Miller, Ole Miss: He looks like he might crack the Top 10. He threw for more than 300 yards against Tulane.
Ken Dorsey, Miami
Antwaan Randle El, Indiana
Dropped from contention:
Andrew Zow, Alabama
Gary Danielson writes a column every Monday for BCSfootball.com
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