Louisville's Brian Brohm cleaned up in a 73-10 win over Murray State.
Before you get all e-mail-crazy and write in asking what I was smoking when I left off the starting running back from your beloved State U., let's explain the list that follows. Below is how I would fill out my Heisman ballot if the ballot was due today. Thank heavens it's not, because with only one game in the books, that would be an exercise in stupidity.
But, as many of you have learned (and made me well aware) over the years, I excel at stupidity. So, unlike last season, we're gonna take a shot at ranking the Heisman candidates 1-10 from the get-go. Early in the season the list will be very fluid, so don't panic if you don't see John David Booty, Sam Bradford, Mike Hart, P.J. Hill, Ian Johnson, Matt Ryan or Ray Rice on the list. They could very well be here next week.
One man's Heisman ballot if the season ended today:
1. Brian Brohm, Louisville, QB, Sr.
Last week: 16-of-21 passing, 375 yards, 4 TDs; 1 rush, 1 yard in a 73-10 victory against Murray State
Heisman-o-meter: Brohm looked as good as ever, even under new tutelage (new head coach Steve Kragthorpe). He opened the game with a 44-yard bomb for a touchdown and started the second half with a 59-yard strike for another score before sitting out the rest of the game to let the backups have some fun. In an early season, Brennan vs. Brohm matchup, I'd give Brohm the nod.
Up next: Thursday vs. Middle Tennessee State
2. Colt Brennan, Hawaii, QB, Sr.
Last week: 34-of-40 passing, 416 yards, 6 TDs; 3 rushes, 23 yards in a 63-6 victory against Northern Colorado
Heisman-o-meter: It looks as if little has changed with Brennan in '07 (his new 'do notwithstanding) as he had another typical outing -- big stats against a little foe, this time a Northern Colorado team that went 1-10 last year in I-AA. He played just the first half, and his fourth TD pass -- a 30-yarder down the right sideline to C.J. Hawthorne that arrived just before the safety -- was perfectly placed. Saturday could prove to be an important game for Brennan as he plays one of his few games that voters can see on television.
Up next: Saturday at Louisiana Tech
3. Pat White, West Virginia, QB, Soph.
Last week: 10-of-18 passing, 192 yards, 2 TDs; 9 rushes, 97 yards, 2 TDs in a 62-24 victory against Western Michigan
Heisman-o-meter: Slaton or White, White or Slaton? Slaton has received more of the love in this space since the start of last season, but it may be time to rethink that position. Since the middle of '06, White has outperformed Slaton, and that trend continued on Saturday. His spinning, 38-yard TD run was highlight-reel worthy, and if his passing continues to improve, he could be the king of the mountain come the end of the season.
Up next: Saturday at Marshall
4. Darren McFadden, Arkansas, RB, Jr.
Last week: 24 rushes, 151 yards, 1 TD; 1-of-1 passing, 42 yards, 1 TD; 2 receptions, 30 yards; 1 kickoff return, 19 yards in a 46-26 victory against Troy
Heisman-o-meter: It's way too early to dismiss McFadden's hopes, but his fellow running back, Felix Jones, looked like the real Heisman candidate on Saturday night (12 carries, 129 rushing yards, one TD; 90-yard kickoff return for a TD). Still, despite a couple of ballhandling bobbles in the "WildHog" (née "Wildcat") formation, McFadden lived up to his preseason hype, especially on a crushing block he threw on Felix's kickoff return. The touchdown pass couldn't have been any easier (freshman Crosby Tuck was wide open), but McFadden got it there throwing it off his back foot and rolling right.
Up next: Sept. 15 at Alabama
5. Glenn Dorsey, LSU, DT, Sr.
Last week: 5 solo tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack in a 45-0 victory at Mississippi State
Heisman-o-meter: One of the most surprising scenes of the opening week in college football: an unblocked Dorsey crashing through the line and sacking Bulldogs quarterback Michael Henig. Sure, the Tigers ran a stunt, but how do you not get a body on that beast of a defensive tackle? With the Tech coming to town on Saturday, he has the opportunity to generate a lot of early buzz in the minds of many postseason award voters.
Up next: Saturday vs. Virginia Tech
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