Posted: Monday October 11, 2010 1:16PM ; Updated: Tuesday October 12, 2010 8:24AM
Cory McCartney
Cory McCartney>HEISMAN WATCH

Shoelace is pick for Halfway Heisman, Ingram bows out of race (cont.)

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6. Ryan Mallett, QB Arkansas, Jr.

Last Week: 27-of-38 passing for 310 yards, three TDs and one INT; five rushes for minus-14 yards in 24-17 win over Texas A&M

Season: 95-of-138 passing for 1,438 yards, 10 TDs and five INTs; 14 rushes for minus-10 yards and two TDs; one punt for 43 yards

Mallett continued his streak of 300-yards games this season, but the performance wasn't without its concerns. After throwing for three first-half touchdowns he directed the Razorbacks to just three second-half points for the second straight week and struggled with the Aggies pressure. He also tossed his sixth interception of the season, one less than he had in all of 2009. String of 300-yard games or not, he needs a big game versus Auburn to climb up the rankings.

Up Next: Saturday at No. 7 Auburn

7. Taylor Martinez, QB Nebraska, Fr.

Heisman Spotlight: Nebraska's Taylor Martinez
Source: SI
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez's prime time performance has put him on the Heisman map.

Last Week: 5-of-7 passing for 128 yards and one TD; 15 rushes for 241 yards and four TDs in 48-13 win over Kansas State

Season: 39-of-64 passing for 660 yards, three TDs and three INTs; 68 rushes for 737 yards and 12 TDs

Eric Crouch. Tommie Frazier. Jammal Lord. It's an impressive group looking up at Martinez in the Cornhuskers record books as the freshman ran for a program-best 241 yards against Kansas State.

The running skills have never been questioned as Martinez leads the Big 12 in rushing, but he has yet to prove he can win with his arm, mainly because no one's been able to force him to. He could be tested against a Texas defense that's 19th against the run.

Up Next: Saturday vs. Texas

8. Andrew Luck, QB Stanford, Jr.

Last Week: 20-of-24 passing for 285 yards and three TDs; six rushes for 40 yards in 37-35 win over USC

Season: 113-of-172 for 1,538 yards, 16 TDs and four INTs; 31 rushes for 242 yards and two TDs

Matt Barkley had bigger numbers, but it was Luck that got the better of the duel as he coolly led a game-winning drive for the Cardinals' third win over USC in four years. It was the third time this season he's completed at least 73.9 percent of his passes, and he didn't throw an interception after tossing four in the last two games (though he did lose a fumble). He'll get a week off before facing Wazzu's 108th-ranked pass defense.

Up Next: Saturday, Oct. 23 vs. Washington State

9. Colin Kaepernick, QB Nevada, Sr.

Last Week: 20-of-27 passing for 273 yards and one INT; 17 rushes for 91 yards and two TDs in 35-13 win over San Jose State

Season: 106-of-150 passing for 1,321 yards, seven TDs and three INTs; 86 rushes for 639 yards and 11 TDs

Look out, Crouch. You too, Tim Tebow. Kaepernick ran for two first-half scores against the Spartans to move to third on the NCAA's alltime list for career rushing TDs by a QB with 50, trailing only Crouch (59) and Tebow (57). Considering that he has eight games to play, and that he's scored a rushing TD in 11 of the last 13 games, he has a pretty good chance of shattering the record.

Up Next: Saturday at Hawaii

10. Patrick Peterson, CB/KR LSU, Jr.

Last Week: One tackle; one punt return for zero yards, four kick off returns for 106 yards in 33-29 win over Florida

Season: 16 tackles, two INTs, two passes defended, one blocked kick; 13 punt returns for 283 yards and two TDs, 13 kickoff returns for 360 yards

Florida's Chaz Henry kept Peterson in check in the return game, averaging 52.5 yards per punt as the SEC's best return man finished with zero yards. He also muffed a punt that gave way to a Gators TD. But he's still fourth nationally in punt returns with 21.7 yards per attempt and there's no arguing his ability to take out a top receiver, just ask Deonte Thompson, who had two catches for 20 yards.

Up Next: Saturday vs. McNeese State

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