Bush takes over No. 1 in race as Leinart drops to 3
Posted: Sunday October 2, 2005 6:29PM; Updated: Sunday October 2, 2005 7:42PM
Reggie Bush ran wild on a tired Arizona State defense in the second half on Saturday.
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Your Heisman frontrunners are Reggie Bush, Vince Young and ... LenDale White? Why not? It seemed as if every other candidate for the treasured trophy played as if "Idle" was on the schedule on Saturday.
Matt Leinart? Didn't look himself in Tempe. Laurence Maroney? Lo Mo was No Mo against Penn State. Chris Leak? Chomped by 'Bama. Reggie McNeal? Corralled by Baylor. Better luck next week, guys,
1. Reggie Bush, RB, USC, Jr.
Last week: 17 rushes, 158 yards, 2 TDs; 1 reception, 4 yards in a 38-28 victory at No. 14 Arizona State Season: 57 rushes, 491 yards, 6 TDs; 11 receptions, 175 yards, 2 TDs
The lowdown: Bush overtakes his QB for the top spot, because when the Trojans were in trouble it was Messrs. Bush and White (and not Leinart) upon whom the coaches relied, a possibly telling moment in the Heisman chase. Bush's hold on the frontrunner's role, however, is tenuous.
Up next: Saturday vs. Arizona
2. Vince Young, QB, Texas, Jr.
Last week: 15-of-22 passing, 236 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT; 13 rushes, 108 yards, 1 TD in a 51-20 victory at Missouri Season: 54-of-82 passing, 780 yards, 7 TDs, 5 INTs; 48 rushes, 310 yards, 2 TDs
The lowdown: Like Bush, Young continues to make plays that make one ask, "Did he just do that?" Against the Tigers, with Texas facing third-and-30, Young, seeing no open receivers, decided to scramble for a first down. Thirty-four jaw-dropping yards later, he had swayed more votes his way.
Up next: Saturday vs. Oklahoma in Dallas
3. Matt Leinart, QB, USC, Sr.
Last week: 23-of-39 passing, 258 yards; 9 rushes, 12 yards, 1 TD in a 38-28 victory at No. 14 Arizona State Season: 82-of-126 passing, 1,286 yards, 10 TDs, 2 INTs
The lowdown: It is still very early to start doubting the titleholder, but the fact is that others on this list have performed better when outcomes have been in doubt, so Leinart drops a couple of notches this week. Don't be surprised if he's back atop the Watch soon.
Up next: Saturday vs. Arizona
4. Drew Stanton, QB, Michigan State, Sr.
Last week: 20-of-30, 282 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 8 rushes, 0 yards, 1 TD in a 34-31 overtime loss to Michigan Season: 99-of-138 passing, 1,466 yards, 14 TDs, 3 INTs; 42 rushes, 123 yards, 2 TDs
The lowdown: Stanton played decently against the Wolverines, making some nice throws in third-and-long situations, but it's hard to make a case for someone who was not even the best player on the field that day (that would be Mike Hart.) We'll know much more about Stanton's candidacy after he goes up against A.J. Hawk and Co. in two weeks.
Up next: Oct. 15 at Ohio State
5. Marcus Vick, QB, Virginia Tech, Jr.
Last week: 15-of-17 passing, 177 yards, 2 TDs; 12 rushes, 74 yards, 1 TD in a 34-17 victory at West Virginia Season: 62-of-91 passing, 880 yards, 9 TDs, 1 INT; 49 rushes, 131 yards, 2 TDs
The lowdown: After a near flawless performance, Vick said the outing may have been his "best game ever." And with each week, his Heisman chances continue to look better. Though he lacks the numbers of some of his competitors, he leads the No. 3 team in the country and will have high-profile games remaining to make his case.