ACC Heisman watch


Each week I turn in my top five choices for the Heisman to ESPN.com. Here's how my list looked for Week 1:

Kellen Moore

Ryan Mallett

Terrelle Pryor

Christian Ponder

Jacory Harris

I was impressed by Moore's ability to finish in the Boise State game, Mallett is one of the best quarterbacks in the toughest league, and Pryor picked up right where he left off in 2009 for a national title contender. Ponder and Harris both have to win to stay on this list, and the one player I was borderline on was LSU's Patrick Peterson. I haven't seen a more exciting player in college football this season, and yes, that includes Greg Reid.

Here's a look at how the ACC's top Heisman candidates fared in Week 1:

Stock up:

Ponder: He threw four touchdown passes on just 14 attempts in a 59-6 route of Samford. He completed 12 of 14 passes for 167 yards in limited time.

Harris: He completed 12 of 15 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns before sitting out the second half of a 45-0 romp of Florida A&M.

Russell Wilson: He threw for 306 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-7 win over Western Carolina. He completed 21 of 31 passes and engineered seven straight scoring drives.

Stock down:

Ryan Williams: He ran for just 44 yards, but scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) and now has 13 TDs in his last four games dating back to last season. It was Williams' fourth game with three or more TDs over the last two seasons, tied for the second most in the FBS. The Hokies have to win -- and run the ball effectively -- for him to get the hype.

Joshua Nesbitt: He rushed for 130 yards and three scores on 16 carries, but struggled in the passing game. He was only 1 for 6 for 8 yards with an interception, but he averaged 8.1 yards on his 16 carries. The passing game must improve for him to be taken seriously as a candidate.