Posted: Monday September 25, 2006 12:26AM; Updated: Monday September 25, 2006 12:37PM
Brady Quinn, Notre Dame, QB, Sr.
Brady Quinn boosted his Heisman candidacy with a five-touchdown performance in Notre Dame's dramatic comeback victory.
Last week: 20 of 36 passing, 319 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT in a 40-37 victory at Michigan State Season: 92 of 158 passing, 1,086 yards, 11 TDs; 4 INTs Heisman-o-meter: I know, I know. A week after looking silly against Michigan, Quinn is back on the list. And though an assist should go to Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton, Quinn should receive credit for rallying the Irish when given the chance. Not to mention he had a better game against a Penn State defense that, save one play, held Smith in check. Up next: Saturday vs. Purdue
Ray Rice, Rutgers, RB, Soph.
Last week: 23 rushes, 105 yards, 3 TDs in a 56-7 victory against Howard Season: 106 rushes, 604 yards, 9 TDs Heisman-o-meter: Question No. 1: What is a I-A team doing playing Howard, a I-AA team that's now 0-3? And question No. 2: What is a Heisman candidate doing rushing 23 times against said Howard team? Rice gets a chance to sway disbelievers before a national TV audience Friday night. Up next: Friday at South Florida
Steve Slaton, West Virginia, RB, Soph.
Last week: 24 rushes, 80 yards; 3 receptions, 35 yards in a 27-10 victory at East Carolina Season: 86 rushes, 583 yards, 6 TDs; 4 receptions, 47 yards Heisman-o-meter: It's shocking that an opponent slowed Slaton. It's more shocking that it was East Carolina, which has the nation's 109th-ranked run defense. But the Pirates were able to shut down the speedy sophomore on the edge, and Slaton, who sat out part of the third quarter with cramps, also had a lengthy touchdown run nullified because of a penalty. He still has as good a shot as any. Up next: Oct. 7 at Mississippi State
Troy Smith, Ohio State, QB, Sr.
Last week: 12 of 22 passing, 115 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs in a 28-6 victory against No. 24 Penn State Season: 68 of 103 passing, 884 yards, 8 TDs, 2 INTs Heisman-o-meter: He wasn't typical Smith-sharp. He was hurried on a couple of incompletions and overthrew at least three passes, including his first interception. But his one touchdown throw, on which he was flushed to the right, reversed field and then heaved a strike to an in-stride Brian Robiskie, will be the one play voters will remember from this game. Upnext: Saturday at No. 13 Iowa
Jonathan Stewart, Oregon, RB, Soph.
Last week: Idle Season: 46 rushes, 315 yards, 4 TDs Heisman-o-meter: His numbers don't look as sexy as some others' because he has really only played in two games. Still, the Watchman believes this power back is better than many on this list, but my guess is he would need a string of impressive games to receive serious consideration from the voters. Up next: Saturday at Arizona State
Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois, RB, Sr.
Last week: 22 rushes, 198 yards, 4 TDs; 4 receptions, 42 yards in a 48-14 victory against Indiana State Season: 96 rushes, 828 yards, 8 TDs; 9 receptions, 156 yards, 1 TD Heisman-o-meter: Another Saturday, another typical Wolfe outing: He had 146 yards and four touchdowns just 16:13 into the game. His most impressive stat, however, may be the following: Despite running the ball 96 times, he's averaging 8.63 yards per carry. Of the top 100 rushers in the nation, only one other player (Arkansas' Felix Jones) is averaging more than 8. Up next: Saturday at Ball State