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Big East Heisman watch

10/4/2011

With no undefeated teams remaining, the chances of the Big East getting a Heisman finalist to New York are slim to none. But there are still some players putting up big enough numbers to get them national attention.

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. Smith ranks No. 5 in the nation in passing yards a game (341.8) and No. 3 in total passing yards, with 1,709. He also has the second-highest attempts in the nation (213), with 12 touchdowns to three interceptions. Last week against Bowling Green, he went 18-0f-30 for 238 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the first time since the opener he didn't go over 300 yards of total offense.

Ray Graham, RB, Pitt. The Panthers already have two losses so he is not going to get Heisman love, but Graham had a remarkable game against USF, with 226 yards rushing and 303 total all-purpose yards. Graham ranks No. 3 in the nation in rushing, averaging 146.8 yards a game. He actually has more rushing yards than any other running back -- 734 -- but also has the second-most carries of any running back with 126.