Heisman Watch (cont.)
Last Week: Five receptions for 157 yards and two TDs in 51-41 loss to Nebraska
Season: 62 receptions for 1,112 yards and 14 TDs; three rushes for eight yards
Color me impressed. Heading into last weekend, Nebraska's Prince Amukamara had been thrown at 19 times in six games and had allowed four receptions. Against Blackmon, he allowed three catches for 129 yards and a TD on six targets, including an 80-yard reception on a flea flicker in which Amukamara got spun around. Amukamara won the game, but the game within the game went to Blackmon.
Next Up: Saturday at Kansas State
Last Week: Idle.
Season: 97-of-143 passing for 1,319 yards, nine TDs and five INTs; 137 rushes for 1096 yards and nine TDs
His first real tests of the season proved two things everyone assumed that they would: 1) Shoelace couldn't continue his record-breaking start; and 2) his body can't handle the physical pounding he's taking (though his shoulder is expected to be fine for Penn State). Disappointments in those measuring-stick games dropped his stock, but let's not forget that he's only 398 yards from breaking Beau Morgan's 14-year-old record for rushing yards by a quarterback, and he has five games to do it (though he'll have competition in that pursuit).
Next Up: Saturday at Penn State
Last Week: 26-of-38 passing for 404 yards, four TDs and one INT; six rushes for eight yards in 47-42 win over Kansas State
Season: 180-of-270 passing for 2,373 yards, 18 TDs and four INTs; 76 rushes for 384 yards and six TDs.
A former All-America in the 400-meter hurdles, Griffin can still dominate with his legs, but he's clearly made strides as a passer, as he's thrown for at least 380 yards in three of the last four games. While he's leading the Big 12 in passing efficiency, total offense and points responsible for, his most impressive stat may be that he's helped Baylor get bowl eligible for the first time as a Big 12 member.
Next Up: Saturday at Texas
Last Week: 20-of-28 passing for 190 yards, three TDs and one INT; four rushes for 11 yards in 38-28 win over Washington State
Season: 133-of-200 passing for 1,728 yards, 19 TDs and five INTs; 31 rushes for 242 yards and two TDs
He didn't have the monster day most expected against Washington State's porous defense, but he did post his fourth game with at least three TD passes this season, and his 19 TDs are six more than he had all of last season. Plus, he's got the Cardinal off to its first 6-1 start since 1970. This week he'll head to Seattle to meet Jake Locker in the QBs Draftniks Can't Stop Fawning Over Bowl.
Next Up: Saturday at Washington
Last Week: 11-of-20 passing for 185 yards, one TD and one INT; seven rushes for 93 yards and one TD in 38-7 win over Air Force
Season: 116-of-174 passing for 1,450 yards, 13 TDs and four INTs; 52 rushes for 281 yards and three TDs
Dalton, who has averaged 33 rushing yards per game at TCU, must have gotten the memo that 2010 is the Year of the Dual-Threat QB. He did his best Newton/Martinez/Robinson impersonation, running for a career-best 93 yards, including a 47-yard scamper. Dalton has now led the Horned Frogs to 21 straight regular-season wins dating back to 2008.
Next Up: Saturday at UNLV
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