The national championship picture wasn't the only thing to get shaken up last Saturday. Midway through the season the Heisman Trophy race is as unsettled as a snow globe on a paint mixer. While the likes of Virginia Tech tailback Kevin Jones and N.C. State quarterback Philip Rivers continue to put up solid numbers, these five players have thrust themselves into contention.
QB, Georgia. Junior
He doesn't put up eye-popping numbers, but the Bulldogs' southpaw has uncommon poise and precision, connecting on 22 of 27 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown in a 41-14 pounding of Tennessee. Georgia's lone loss came in a game in which Greene was banged up.
WR, USC, Sophomore
The 6'5" Trojans star put some space between himself and the rest of the year's talented receiver crop with seven catches for 129 yards and three touchdowns in USC's 44-21 victory over Stanford last Saturday. A big game against Notre Dame this week will further boost his national profile.
QB. Oklahoma. Senior
Hard as it is to believe, the Sooners are now a passing team. White, playing on two reconstructed knees, ranks first in the nation in passing efficiency (180.2), having completed 68.9% of his throws with 20 touchdowns and just three interceptions. If Oklahoma runs the table, he'll be hard to ignore.
QB, Texas Tech, Senior
Operating out of the spread offense, Symons is averaging nearly 500 passing yards per game, has 27 touchdown passes and outgunned N.C. State's Rivers and Mississippi's Eli Manning in recent matchups. But can he beat the David Klingler rap—that he's just a product of a pass-happy system?
CARNELL (CADILLAC) WILLIAMS
RB, Auburn, Junior
Like Larry Johnson last year, Williams got out of the blocks slowly, but he hit his stride in the last two games, rushing for 185 yards against Tennessee and 150 in the Tigers' 10-3 victory over Arkansas. Johnson leaped into the '02 Heisman race with a huge second half; Williams looks primed to do the same.