Shoelace is pick for Halfway Heisman; Ingram bows out of race
The people have spoken.
Well, more to the point they've tweeted, e-mailed and voiced their votes over the radio waves for their pick for Halfway Heisman. Not surprisingly, America has thrown its votes behind the player who was
The story would stop there had Robinson, who dominated the first five weeks of the season, continued his torrid pace against Michigan State. Instead, the Watchman is left playing public defender for Shoelace, the voters and my own rankings.
It's all too easy to get caught up in Robinson's lackluster performance against the first legitimate defense he's faced -- though 301 yards of total offense isn't exactly a dismal day -- but it was just one game. It's still well within his reach to become the first BCS conference quarterback since
But even if Michigan does slip as the Big Ten season continues, it's not out of the realm of possibility for Shoelace to take the Heisman with multiple losses. Oklahoma's
Also, we bid adieu to defending Heisman winner
Before the Watchman unveils this week's top 10 Heisman candidates, here's a
James admitted he was rattled after his friend and backfield mate
Some call him the Denard Robinson of the South, though if last week was any indication, we may end up calling Robinson the Newton of the North before the season is up. The SEC's leader in rushing yards and total offense ran for four first-half touchdowns to help the Tigers reach 6-0 for the first time since '04. He's emerged as the conference's leading Heisman candidate and could further distance himself from
Pryor did rebound from his worst passing game of the year by throwing for a career-high 334 yards, but then again it was against an Indiana defense that's giving up 413.4 yards per game. And while he didn't show any lingering effects from the quadriceps injury he suffered the week before, he also didn't take off on any designed runs. All in all though, it was a nice tune up to what will be the biggest test yet of Pryor's maturity.
Yes, the BCS games are over and it's unlikely Moore will play into the fourth quarter of most games -- like versus Toledo when he went to the bench after his third TD pass -- but why should he stay in to pad his stats? No matter the opponent, you can't deny he's the nation's most efficient quarterback, tossing 14 TDs to one pick and winning 19 straight games.
Mallett continued his streak of 300-yards games this season, but the performance wasn't without its concerns. After throwing for three first-half touchdowns he directed the Razorbacks to just three second-half points for the second straight week and struggled with the Aggies pressure. He also tossed his sixth interception of the season, one less than he had in all of 2009. String of 300-yard games or not, he needs a big game versus Auburn to climb up the rankings.
The running skills have never been questioned as Martinez leads the Big 12 in rushing, but he has yet to prove he can win with his arm, mainly because no one's been able to force him to. He could be tested against a Texas defense that's 19th against the run.
Look out, Crouch. You too,