Friday, December 13, 2002
Heisman Watch: The Cornuskers have their prize
By Mike Diegnan
1. Eric Crouch, Nebraska QB
|Nebraska's Eric Crouch has the Big Red running over opponents.|
Last week: 11-23-173, 2 TD; rush: 24-110, 1 TD
Season: 32-61-502, 8 TD, 3 int.; rush: 60-340, 7 TD
This week: at Iowa State
Comment: Hasn't always gotten the proper respect in this column, but he's got the numbers and he's the best player on the nation's top-ranked team. So what if his name isn't Michael?
2. Michael Vick, Virginia Tech QB
Last week: 5-17-61, 1 int.; rush: 16-210, 3 TD
Season: 31-61-473, 4 TD, 2 int.; rush: 41-429, 6 TD
This week: Temple
Comment: The Owls might want to say a few prayers this week.
3. Woody Dantzler, Clemson QB
Last week: 11-19-174, 1 TD; rush: 22-134, 3 TD
Season: 63-98-865, 8 TD, 1 int.; rush: 80-629, 8 TD
This week: vs. N.C. State
Comment: Dantzler has been nothing short of amazing.
4. Chris Weinke, Florida State QB
Last week: 11-15-234, 3 TD
Season: 98-154-1,478, 12 TD, 3 int.
This week: at Miami
Comment: The ankle better be healthy, otherwise, Miami's swarming D will try to unnerve the 28-year-old.
5. LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU RB
Last week: 33-121, 1 TD
Season: 119-680, 6 TD
This week: Hawaii
Comment: Not dropping because of his performance. The quarterbacks are just doing too much.
6. Jonathan Beasley, Kansas State QB
Last week: 15-25-293, 3 TD; rush: 14-68
Season: 59-96-1124, 9 TD, 2 int.; rush: 48-192, 8 TD
This week: at Kansas
Comment: Remember at the beginning of the year when K-State fans wanted Ell Roberson to play quarterback? My, how times have changed.
7. Drew Brees, Purdue QB
Last week: 23-50, 1 TD; rush: 9-43; rec: 1-5, 1 TD
Season: 126-209-1644, 10 TD, 2 int.; rush: 37-213, 3 TD; rec: 1-5, 1 TD
This week: Michigan
Comment: His defense let him down against Notre Dame. This week, it was kicker Travis Dorsch, who missed the game-winning FG after Brees drove the Boilermakers into range.
8. (tie) Anthony Thomas, Michigan RB
Last week: 29-82
Season: 125-731, 6 TD
This week: at Purdue
Comment: For the first time in 11 games, the A-Train was held under 100 yards and a score.
8. (tie) David Terrell, Michigan WR
Last week: 5-96, 1 TD
Season: 26-478, 5 TD
This week: at Purdue
Comment: His game-winning catch has Wolverines fans still thinking about a trip to Miami in January.
9. Freddie Mitchell, UCLA WR
Last week: 4-125, 2 TD
Season: 30-569, 5 TD
This week: Off
Comment: UCLA almost tanked it against the Sun Devils, but Mitchell saved the day with an 80-yard TD catch late in the third.
10. Rudi Johnson, Auburn RB
Last week: 19-128
Season: 134-716, 7 TD
This week: at Mississippi State
Comment: This week will determine Johnson's fate. A 100-yard game against the Bulldogs would increase his stock immensely.
Marques Tuiasosopo, Wash. QB
Comment: More news from Eugene: The Ducks also knocked Tui from Heisman contention.