Heisman Watch: Could WR Blackmon make history this year?
His record keeps growing, and it is showing no signs of stopping.
Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon now has had at least 100 yards receiving in 14 consecutive games, three beyond the NCAA mark he broke last season. In comparison, the longest active streak with at least 300-yard passing games of six by Oklahoma's Landry Jones is 18 off Ty Detmer's mark, and games with 100 yards rushing is eight by Texas A&M's Cyrus Gray, which is 23 away from Archie Griffin's record.
It's a level of consistency unlike anything we're seeing in an age of explosive offenses, and one that we're seemingly taking for granted. It prompts the question: would it be enough for him to become the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy?
Yes, previous winners Tim Brown (1987) and Desmond Howard (1991) both played the position, but they were also heavily involved in the kick return games. Blackmon's only significant special teams contribution has been taking a blocked punt he took seven yards for a TD last season. He is simply, and yet brilliantly, a pass-catcher.
That alone couldn't net the award for Michael Crabtree, who was fifth in 2008 or Larry Fitzgerald; his second-place in '03, 128 points behind winner Jason White, is the highest finish for a player who was strictly a WR, and Blackmon himself was fifth in last year's voting.
As much as we discuss whether a defender can ever win, the argument for a strict WR is overshadowed. If Blackmon's streak lasts through the season -- and there's a good chance it will as the Cowboys see just two teams that ranked higher than 51st last season in pass defense -- expect this debate to be front and center.
Here's a look at how the Watchman stacked things up after
"We're a lot more than just Andrew Luck and the Luckettes," coach David Shaw said. Yes, but it's Luck who sets Stanford apart. Immediately after a deflected pass was returned for a TD, Luck responded by leading a 38-second drive that covered 59 yards through the air, en route to his fifth career four-TD game. With 51 career TD passes he's one behind Jim Plunkett, Stanford's last Heisman winner, for third on the school's all-time list. Luck should be tested in one of the better September QB duels next week as he faces Arizona's Nick Foles, who has an FBS-best 810 yards through two games.
The Broncos faced their only BCS opponent, and have one date with a currently ranked team, No. 25 TCU, remaining. With blowouts in the forecast, Moore can expect to have his candidacy scrutinized because of them. But his play against BCS teams speaks for itself. In five games, he has thrown for 1,347 yards, 13 TDs and two picks and completed 69 percent of his passes -- oh, and he's 5-0. This week's opponent isn't from a power conference, but Toledo is no slouch; it upset Penn State in 2000, Michigan in '08, Colorado in '09, Purdue in '10 and put a scare into No. 17 Ohio State Saturday.
Lattimore surges up the charts with another dominant performance against Georgia. Last season he had his breakout game against the Bulldogs, and Saturday he burned them again, pushing his two-game total in the series to 64 rushes for 358 yards. But maybe most impressive was the way he closed, running 13 times for 96 yards in the fourth quarter in a hostile environment. He's on pace for a 300-carry season, and given Steve Spurrier's willingness to ride his workhorse's back to the wheels fall off, that number may be on the light side.
RGIII gets another week to celebrate his monster performance against TCU, his Golden Bears' No. 20 ranking (their highest since 1991) and being the only contender on this list with
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Last September Jones carved up Florida State to the tune of 380 yards and four touchdowns, with a staggering 75 percent completion percentage, as the Sooners rolled 47-17. After that blowout, how could their rematch offer Jones a chance to pad his Heisman resume? OU's romp came in the friendly confines of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, and it has nowhere near the buzz of this meeting. If Jones can dominate a Top-5 showdown in Tallahassee -- and upstage the Seminoles' emerging contender QB E.J. Manuel -- everyone else may be playing catch-up.
Wasn't this what we were expecting with Richardson in the lead back role? After running for 37 yards on 13 carries in the opener, he had a workmanlike 111 yards on 26 carries. Week 2 gems seem to be part of the script for Richardson. As a freshman, he ran for 118 yards vs. FIU and last season he had 144 against the Nittany Lions. He could be in for a another huge day this week if Nick Saban keeps him in the game long enough; combining last season's stats and the first two weeks of 2011, North Texas has allowed 182 rushing ypg.
If the Heisman could be won in September, Shoelace would be in Archie Griffin territory. He was the defining player in a game that has grown in stature over the years as he directed scoring drives of 83, 40, 58 and 80 yards, capped by a 16-yard floater to Roy Roundtree with two seconds left. In all, Robinson accounted for 446 of the Wolverines' 452 yards, averaging a staggering 30.7 yards per completion. Before we jump back on the bandwagon, he has to deliver a win against a ranked opponent, something he won't get a chance to do until Oct. 15 vs. Michigan State.
Martinez's 385 total yards were the second most of his career and for the seventh time he had at least 100 yards passing and 100 yards rushing. Of his 25 combined rushes and completions, seven were for 20 yards or longer, including a 57-yard run and a pass for 53 yards. But it was an uneven outing as he fumbled twice and threw two picks as his passer rating dipped to 112.7, which ranks 84th nationally. He continues to dazzle with his legs, but he has to shore up his passing game.
The Watchman is a sucker for the pursuit of history. Keenum continued his, climbing up the career yardage lists with his 13th game of 400-plus yards and the first in his comeback from knee surgery. He's now fourth in passing yards (14,354) and total yardage (15,255), supplanting Colt Brennan and Colt McCoy, respectively, and tied with Danny Wuerffel for sixth all-time with his 114th TD pass. Keenum did most of his damage in the second half, hitting on 17 of 22 attempts for 284 yards and four TDs before sitting with nearly 14 minutes remaining. Most importantly in his Heisman pursuit, Keenum moved Houston to 2-0.