Michigan's Perry lights up Notre Dame, takes stronghold on No. 1
Posted: Sunday September 14, 2003 4:26PM; Updated: Sunday September 14, 2003 4:26PM
By Luke Winn, SI.com
Aside from Chris Perry, does anyone want this award? Or is there just a curse on the top spot?
The preseason No. 1, an Ohio State running back whose name, by rule, shall no longer be mentioned, has some well-documented eligibility issues.
The next No. 1, N.C. State quarterback Philip Rivers, proved worthy of the position -- however, some slight issues with his team's record (1-2) have arisen.
The third appointee, Wisconsin running back Anthony Davis, put up fantastic numbers in Games 1 and 2 ... and proceeded to injure his ankle on the second carry of Game 3. Davis didn't return against UNLV, and his health status is currently unknown.
It's all you, now, Perry -- just watch your step.
1. Chris Perry, RB, Michigan, Sr.
Last week (vs. Notre Dame): 31 carries, 133 yards, 3 TDs; 4 receptions, 44 yards, TD in 38-0 win
Basking in the glow of Michigan's 38-0 shellacking of Notre Dame, Perry told The New York Times that he "did a little bit of something'' to help out the Wolverines. Chris, we appreciate your modesty.
2. Philip Rivers, QB, N.C. State, Sr.
Last week (vs. Ohio State): 36-of-52 passing, 315 yards, 4 TDs in 44-38 loss
Hands down, he's the best QB in the nation right now. Rivers has done what most folks expected he would do this season -- and the Wolfpack have dropped two games in spite of his heroics. If Rivers is to get his due, they best not lose any more.
3. Rod Rutherford, QB, Pittsburgh, Sr.
Last Week (vs. Ball State): 19-of-31 passing, 281 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs in 42-21 win
It would be appreciated, Rod, if you would face challenging competition, so we could tell if these Heisman-caliber numbers aren't just a passing, non-conference fad. The nation's best pass-efficiency rating (191.5) is impossible to ignore, however, even if much of it was against Kent State.
4. Bryan Randall, QB, Virginia Tech, Jr.
Last week: No game
Didn't step on the field, but he earns a slight gain as Anthony Davis and Roy Williams go on the back burner.
5. David Greene, QB, Georgia, Jr.
Last week (vs. South Carolina): 16-of-27 passing, 208 yards, 2 TDs in 31-7 win
Some say that the Dawgs' most worthy candidate is monster defensive end David Pollack. But there's a reason that Georgia's offense hasn't missed a beat despite a retooled line and the loss of RB Musa Smith and WR Terrence Edwards. It's the rock-steady Greene, who has yet to throw a pick and was an amazing 7-for-7 on third downs against the Gamecocks on Saturday.
Roy Williams, WR, Texas, Sr.: He had 10 catches for 117 yards against Arkansas, but was held out of the end zone. Williams could easily creep back in, if Texas stops looking so ordinary.