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Lefty, by a long shot (cont.)

Posted: Sunday September 18, 2005 5:17PM; Updated: Sunday September 18, 2005 6:08PM

6. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville, Soph.

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Last week: 18-of-22 passing, 368 yards, 5 TDs, INT in a 63-27 victory against Oregon State
Season: 37-of-49 passing, 547 yards, 5 TDs, INT

The lowdown: After a mediocre performance in his first career start against Kentucky, Brohm had his much-awaited breakout game Saturday. He could be this year's Alex Smith -- the quarterback from an undefeated BCS team who makes it to New York with absurd offensive numbers.

Up next: Saturday at South Florida

7. Omar Jacobs, QB, Bowling Green, Jr.

Last week: Idle
Season: 57-of-94 passing, 886 yards, 10 TDs, 2 INTs

The lowdown: Nicknamed "Cruise Control" because of the ease with which he goes about his business, Jacobs could find this week's game to be another stat-padder. The Broncos' pass defense allows 336.5 yards per game, fifth worst in I-A.

Up next: Wednesday at Boise State

8. Reggie McNeal, QB, Texas A&M, Sr.

Last week: 15-of-24, 349 yards, 5 TDs; 6 rushes, 100 yards, TD in a 66-8 victory against SMU
Season: 23-of-40 passing, 459 yards, 6 TDs, INT; 15 rushes, 200 yards, TD

The lowdown: Overlooked in the long shadow cast by Texas' Young, this dual threat from the Lone Star State did it all against the Mustangs, helping the Aggies break the game open in the second half. McNeal needs to keep Texas A&M in the Big 12 title hunt to have a shot.

Up next: Saturday vs. Texas State

9. Brian Calhoun, RB, Wisconsin, Jr.

Last week: 38 rushes, 171 yards, 2 TDs; 4 receptions, 26 yards in a 14-5 victory at North Carolina
Season: 92 rushes, 471 yards, 8 TDs; 6 receptions, 85 yards

The lowdown: Despite being just 5-foot-10 and 194 pounds, Calhoun showed he is more than just a home-run back. On Saturday, Calhoun pounded on Tar Heels defenders in the second half, rushing for 99 yards, including the game-clinching TD in the fourth quarter. He is still a long shot for New York, but few running backs have been better so far this season.

Up next: Saturday vs. No. 14 Michigan

10. Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame, Jr.

Last week: 33-of-60 passing, 487 yards, 5 TDs, INT in a 44-41 loss to Michigan State
Season: 70-of-117 passing, 854 yards, 9 TDs, 2 INTs

The lowdown: Rightfully or not, the quarterback for Notre Dame always gets love from Heisman pundits (see: Beano Cook), and here's more love for another Irish QB. Though his team lost, Quinn impressed with his command of the offense and leadership when the Irish trailed by 21 points. And unlike many on this list, he'll have more games against top teams to dress up his Heisman resume. Well, not next week ...

Up next: Saturday at Washington


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