Posted: Tuesday September 5, 2006 3:32PM; Updated: Tuesday September 5, 2006 5:19PM
JaMarcus Russell, LSU, QB, Jr.
Last week: Thirteen of 17 passing, 253 yards, three TDs in a 45-3 victory against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Heisman-o-meter: Are there still LSU fans who would rather have Matt Flynn or Ryan Perrilloux playing quarterback? If so, maybe there's nothing Russell can do to sway them. All he did Saturday was lead the Tigers to four touchdowns in six possessions and make it look easy.
Up next: Saturday vs. Arizona
Steve Slaton, West Virginia, RB, Soph.
Last week: Thirty-three rushes, 203 yards, two TDs; one reception, 12 yards in a 42-10 victory against Marshall.
Heisman-o-meter: Oh my. Against Marshall, he once again showed he's quick, decisive and impossible to catch from behind. The guess here is that he'll need to get numbers like this every week to overcome the Mountaineers' soft schedule.
Up next: Saturday vs. Eastern Washington
Troy Smith, Ohio State, QB, Sr.
Last week: Eighteen of 25 passing, 297 yards, three TDs in a 35-12 victory against Northern Illinois.
Heisman-o-meter: Sharp. Efficient. Accurate. He certainly played like a Heisman front-runner on Saturday, and he'll be the one to catch if he can lead the Buckeyes to a victory over the defending national champions this weekend.
Up next: Saturday at No. 2 Texas
Jonathan Stewart, Oregon, RB, Soph.
Last week: Twenty-two rushes, 168 yards, two TDs; one kickoff return, 54 yards in a 48-10 victory against Stanford.
Heisman-o-meter: The power back was so unstoppable on Saturday that when faced with third-and-10 and third-and-nine in the third quarter, Ducks coaches called running plays for Stewart, who gained 14 and 21 yards on those plays, respectively. Running behind a line that has all five starters from last season, Stewart may end up being the best back in the Pac-10.
Up next: Saturday at Fresno State
Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois, RB, Sr.
Last week: Twenty-six rushes, 171 yards; five receptions, 114 yards, one TD in a 35-12 loss at No. 1 Ohio State.
Heisman-o-meter: Either the Buckeyes' revamped defense is that bad or Wolfe is that good. The Watchman thinks it's the latter. The 5-foot-7, 177-pounder will need something around 2,000 rushing yards -- and likely more -- to convince voters that he's the real deal.