K-State's beastly RB Thomas joins the fray, while Shoelace holds No. 1
The Watchman has heard your cries,
Since the initial Heisman Watch, I have been inundated with e-mails wanting to know, as
I'll admit it: I've been slow to warm to the Wildcats' running back, mainly because Thomas
So, relax Manhattan, Thomas makes his debut in the latest Watch, while we welcome back a face that's all-too-familiar to the Heisman fraternity.
Also, some quick obits for a pair of preseason favorites ... Washington's
Shoelace's defense did him no favors as he played into the fourth quarter with the Wolverines giving up 37 points and 439 yards to an FCS opponent. At least it gave us another monster performance, as Robinson topped 330 total yards in the first three quarters. He also took less of a pounding, cutting his carries down to 17 after running 57 times in the first two games -- key since Big Ten play has yet to start.
Mallett ramped up his candidacy and silenced his critics by delivering his first career SEC road win between the hedges. Big Tex delivered three big throws on the final drive, culminating in the game-winning touchdown pass to
So much for the error-free play. Pryor threw his first two interceptions of the year, including one when he forced a ball into double-coverage. But he offset those mistakes by completing a season-high 75.9 percent of his passes, including a Buckeyes' record 16 consecutive completions in the first half to break
Moore showed no signs of rust after a 12-day layoff as he led the Broncos to their 16th straight win. While he did throw his first interception of the year (and just the fourth in 485 attempts), Moore still torched the Cowboys for his highest yardage total in 26 starts. He has a golden opportunity to bolster his resume in prime time as the Broncos host No. 24 Oregon State, which has given up 453 yards per game.
The man is obviously a perfectionist. After recording his first 200-yard game -- in one half -- James had this to say: "I feel like [this] was the worst game I've played in my life." Well, he certainly looks like he's running on all cylinders after being suspended for the opener, rattling off runs of 76 and 66 yards in his first two games. The opposition hasn't been a major challenge, but that will change this week.
Three starts into his career, it seems there's little that can faze Martinez. He showed startling composure in his first road game, outplaying Locker by a mile and becoming the first Nebraska passer with three straight 100-yard games since
Luck was in the game for eight possessions against the Demon Deacons and the Cardinal scored a touchdown on all eight. It was an effortless performance -- Luck had 276 total yards in leading Stanford to its first 3-0 start since 2001 and he still hasn't thrown a pick. About the only bad thing you can say is that it came against a Wake Forest defense that's allowed a combined 116 points in its first three games.
Thomas carried the ball 34 times against the Cyclones, while K-State attempted all of 12 passes.
Another week, another change in the Sooners' representative in the Watch. With quarterback
Ingram wasted little time making an impact after his return form knee surgery, rattling off a 48-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. The 2009 Heisman winner became the first BCS player to run for 150-plus yards on less than 10 carries in the last five years. Good to see him back, but