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The Biggest Man On Campus
PHIL TAYLOR
August 21, 2006
Heisman Candidates
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August 21, 2006

The Biggest Man On Campus

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He's a traditional pocket passer, which isn't the perfect fit for coach Urban Meyer's spread-option offense, but he has a year of experience with the system and a strong arm. Leak will be pushed by hotshot freshman Tim Tebow, but the competition should make him better.

RUNNING BACK

STEVE SLATON, Soph., West Virginia

Though he scored six TDs against Louisville and ran for a Sugar Bowl--record 204 yards against Georgia, Slaton is at a big disadvantage in name recognition compared with the rest of these candidates. The Mountaineers need to stay in the top 10 for him to have a shot at the trophy. And they might just do that.

QUARTERBACK

TROY SMITH, Sr., Ohio State

His performance in the Fiesta Bowl last season--racking up 408 yards of total offense and outplaying Notre Dame's Quinn in a 34--20 Buckeyes victory--put him in the Heisman picture. If Smith stays there, it will be because of his ability to turn broken plays into big ones, a la Vince Young.

THE SLEEPER

Marshawn LYNCH

Cal's quiet but explosive running back has the tools--and the supporting cast--to win the most coveted award in college football

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