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