Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Heisman watch Week 1: How I voted
By Kevin Gemmell
In the interest of full disclosure, each week I'll post my top five Heisman candidates and how I voted in our weekly poll. Make sure you check out the complete results.
Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: He's the front-runner, and it's his to lose. He didn't do anything against San Jose State to really stand out numbers-wise, though there's nothing wrong with two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in three quarters of play. He was 17-of-26 for 171 yards, and probably would have added to those numbers had he not been spelled in the fourth quarter. I didn't see anything that would cause me to drop him from the top spot.
Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State: All this guy does is win. At home. On the road. At neutral sites. Against BCS teams. Against non-BCS teams. Every season, people keep waiting for him to flop and every season he goes out and does what he does best: win.
Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: With a talented set of wide receivers around him, he's going to put up the kind of numbers that attract Heisman voters. For example, 375 yards passing. I went back and forth between him and Moore for the No. 2 spot, and probably will all season unless Luck falls or one of them has a monster performance and breaks from the pack.
Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan: The most electric player in college football. Excited to see how new offensive coordinator Al Borges -- a steadfast believer in the pro-style offense -- makes use of him. Passing numbers will have to improve for him to really make a stab at the top three.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State: Who? was the response from a colleague when I mentioned my Top 5. My West Coast/San Diego bias is going to come through here, but I don't care. Hillman is the best running back you've never heard of and he might be the best running back in college football. Yeah, I said it. He's Marshall Faulk good. He ran for more yards than any freshman last year and he did it against the likes of Missouri and TCU. Had 191 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. Coming weeks against Michigan and Washington State will be telling.