A Freshman Front-runner

HEISMAN WATCH
October 17, 2004

Halfway through the season, here are the leading candidates.

• Adrian Peterson, Fr., RB, Oklahoma (119 carries, 771 yards, 6 TDs)

After shredding Texas for 225 yards, he has emerged as the leading candidate. No freshman has ever won the Heisman, but Peterson is the nation's best player.

• Kyle Orton, Sr., QB, Purdue (119 for 172, 1,642 yards, 18 TDs)

Orton has put up PlayStation-like numbers, but tough games against Wisconsin and Michigan will make or break his season.

• Reggie Bush, Soph., RB-KR, USC (197.8 total yards per game, 7 TDs)

He may be the most explosive player in the nation, but he has to share carries with LenDale White and will split votes with Matt Leinart.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)