Posted: Sunday November 6, 2005 8:33PM; Updated: Sunday November 6, 2005 9:23PM
Vince Young and the 'Horns are gunning toward a date with USC in the Rose Bowl.
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It's time. After hesitating all season, the Watchman has finally moved Kathryn's man, Vince Young, to the top of the Watch. Young almost hit No. 1 last week, but, as has been the case all season, the Watchman doesn't let one great game or one poor effort erase a season's worth of work.
With that said, the race for the Heisman, at least in this mind, cannot get any closer between Young, Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart and is likely to go down to Dec. 3. (Note: Last week many of you inquired about what I meant by the Marcus Vick "hate" going around Happy Valley. I simply was referring to the slew of e-mails I had received from Nittany Lions fans bashing Vick and saying that Michael Robinson was a better candidate. After Saturday, it looks like those haters were right.)
1. Vince Young, QB, Texas, Jr.
Last week: 16-of-27 passing, 298 yards, 2 touchdowns; 8 rushes, 53 yards in a 62-0 victory at Baylor Season: 136-of-217 passing, 2,133 yards, 18 touchdowns, 8 interceptions; 111 rushes, 778 yards, 8 touchdowns
The lowdown: Young has proven to be as exciting a runner as Bush and as efficient a passer as Leinart, and that combination makes him the frontrunner by the nose of a football. If the Heisman went to the most valuable player, he'd already have it sitting on his mantel.
Up next: Saturday vs. Kansas
2. Reggie Bush, RB, USC, Jr.
Last week: 12 rushes, 113 yards, 1 touchdown; 4 receptions, 27 yards in a 51-21 victory against Stanford Season: 123 rushes, 1,022 yards, 11 touchdowns; 27 receptions, 311 yards, 2 touchdowns; 16 punt returns, 162 yards, 1 touchdown
The lowdown: Bush didn't do anything wrong against Stanford to lose the top spot. He just didn't get many opportunities to shine, a problem he'll continue to have alongside Leinart, LenDale White and Co. While that doesn't make Bush any less of a player, it does affect his production.
Up next: Saturday at Cal
3. Matt Leinart, QB, USC, Sr.
Last week: 22-of-28 passing, 259 yards, 4 touchdowns in a 51-21 victory against Stanford Season: 191-of-286 passing, 2,771 yards, 23 touchdowns, 6 interceptions
The lowdown: Leinart has thrown for 824 yards and 11 touchdowns in the past three games, and some believe he has passed Bush and Young in the chase. However, the Watchman cannot rank Leinart ahead of Bush, much less Young, at this point because Leinart was outplayed by his backfield mate when the Trojans were in trouble against Oregon, Arizona State and Notre Dame. With Cal and UCLA coming up, that could change.
Up next: Saturday at Cal
4. Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame, Jr.
Last week: 20-of-33 passing, 295 yards, 3 touchdowns in a 41-21 victory against Tennessee Season: 195-of-299 passing, 2,647 yards, 23 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
The lowdown: Another game, another three-touchdown day for Quinn, who has got to be on the verge of earning an invite to New York on Dec. 10. His numbers should only get better with Navy, Syracuse and Stanford remaining.
Up next: Saturday vs. Navy
5. Brian Calhoun, RB, Wisconsin, Jr.
Last week: 20 rushes, 38 yards, 1 touchdown; 6 receptions, 48 yards in a 35-14 loss to No. 10 Penn State Season: 274 rushes, 1,256 yards, 20 touchdowns; 42 receptions, 487 yards, 2 touchdowns
The lowdown: Yes, he was completely shut down by the Nittany Lions' defense, but it took a pretty strong unit to finally slow him. Calhoun is the main reason the Badgers were even in the Big Ten title chase, so this subpar effort will not knock him down.