Big East Heisman Watch: Week 5

September, 27, 2011
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There are no serious Heisman candidates from the Big East at this point in the season. Could that change? I think the only way it does is if West Virginia runs the table or if USF goes undefeated and B.J. Daniels keeps putting up 300-yard games. Geno Smith and Daniels are the only two viable candidates at this point, and even they are extreme long shots. Still, let us take a look at their numbers to date.

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. His long-shot hopes took a hit when West Virginia lost to LSU. Remember, the Heisman loves players on undefeated teams. But Smith was impressive in his own right, setting school records for completions (38), attempts (65) and yards (463). The Mountaineers simply could not sustain drives, and a big reason was because they were constantly backed up against their own goalposts. Still, Smith ranks No. 4 in the nation in passing, having thrown for 1,471 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions. He is getting the hang of this offense.

B.J. Daniels, QB, USF. Daniels already is on pace to have a career season, with two 300-yard passing games so far and 1,071 total passing yards -- good enough to rank No. 16 in the nation. He may not have the glitz and the flash of some other quarterbacks out there, but his team is undefeated -- and that is often a huge factor when it comes to Heisman candidates. If he keeps putting up big numbers, limiting his mistakes and leading the Bulls to victories, he has a chance to enter the conversation. But if USF loses, his chances all but disappear.

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