Texas' Colt McCoy takes Halfway Heisman (cont.)
6. Max Hall, BYU, QB, Jr.
Last week: 22-of-34 passing, 258 yards, 3 TDs; 3 rushes, 15 yards in a 21-3 victory over New Mexico.
Season: 152-of-215 passing, 1,845 yards, 20 TDs, 4 INTs; 13 rushes, 32 yards, 1 TD.
Heisman-o-meter: This game was actually closer than the final score indicated (the Lobos had a fourth-quarter TD nullified by a questionable block in the back call), and a good team with a good Heisman candidate should've put New Mexico away. (Just wondering: Is Austin Collie open down the right sideline every game?) Perhaps Hall and the Cougars were looking ahead to this week's matchup with TCU, which leads the nation in sacks and total defense but gave up 411 yards and four TDs to Oklahoma.
Up next: Thursday at TCU.
7. Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State, RB, Soph.
Last week: 24 rushes, 154 yards, 1 TD; 4 receptions, 27 yards in a 28-23 victory at No. 3 Missouri.
Season: 125 rushes, 862 yards, 9 TDs; 7 receptions, 72 yards; 1 kickoff return, 13 yards.
Heisman-o-meter: The Watch has held off adding this undersized (5-foot-8, 190 pounds) back with surprising strength to the list until the Cowboys played a quality opponent. After Saturday's upset of Missouri, it's time. On his 68-yard touchdown run, he showed both his speed and his power, shedding a would-be tackler while racing down the right sideline. Receiver Dez Bryant and quarterback Zac Robinson could make a case for being on here as well.
Up next: Saturday vs. Baylor.
8. Donald Brown, Connecticut, RB, Jr.
Last week: Idle.
Season: 179 rushes, 1,067 yards, 12 TDs; 14 receptions, 54 yards.
Heisman-o-meter: There are other running backs I'd prefer to have on my team over Brown -- Knowshon Moreno, LeSean McCoy and Beanie Wells, among others -- but The Watch gives credit to this Huskies back for being productive and durable. (He's second in the nation in carries.) The Watch is looking forward to seeing what he'll do against South Florida's stout run defense next month.
Up next: Saturday at Rutgers.
9. Graham Harrell, Texas Tech, QB, Sr.
Last week: 20-of-25 passing, 284 yards, 2 TDs; 1 rush, 1 yard, 1 TD in a 37-31(OT) victory over Nebraska.
Season: 178-of-262 passing, 2,311 yards, 20 TDs, 3 INTs; 10 rushes, minus-4 yards, 3 TDs.
Heisman-o-meter: The Cornhuskers controlled the clock and kept the Red Raiders' offense off the field on Saturday, allowing them to hold Harrell to "only" 284 yards passing. (His 25 attempts were his fewest since his freshman year when he didn't start.) But this is why Crabtree may belong on here before Harrell: On the you-have-to-be-kidding-me fourth-and-5 play from Tech's 36, Harrell underthrew the pass, forcing Crabtree, who was four steps past his defender, to wait for the ball. Crabtree's ability to get open and run in the open field after the catch makes Harrell's job that much easier.
Up next: Saturday at Texas A&M.
10. Glen Coffee, Alabama, RB, Jr.
Last week: Idle.
Season: 95 rushes, 708 yards, 5 TDs; 4 receptions, 27 yards.
Heisman-o-meter: LSU's Charles Scott (35 yards in a loss Florida) and Michigan State's Javon Ringer (too many three-yard carries) were bumped off the list in favor of Hunter and Coffee. The Bama back almost single handedly beat Kentucky two weeks ago, when he rushed for 218 yards. His stats are similar to Scott's, maybe slightly better, but Coffee has performed well against better competition. He needs to stop putting the ball on the ground though.
Up next: Saturday vs. Mississippi.