Time for an update on the Heisman Race. Just two weeksago, the trophy was all but handed to Auburns Cam Newton. Now, asaccusations abound about possible cash for recruiting violations and academic andtraffic troubles at Florida, the picture is not as clear as it was then.Let me state right off. Until and unless any of these accusations tiedirectly to Cam Newton, he is still my choice for the Heisman as of now.Newton is the best player in college footballthis season. Consider this--Newton has accounted for more touchdowns than 71entire FBS teams so far this year. He's creeping closer to theexclusive 20-20 club with 19 touchdowns passing and 15 touchdowns rushing. TimTebow is the only player in NCAA history to pass for 20 touchdowns and rush for20 touchdowns in the same season.Most agree that Oregons LaMichael James would be thefront runner were it not for Newton. Hes a game changing speedster wholeads the nation in rushing yards per game, scoring and is second in allpurpose yards. He has 17 rushing TDs so far and two 200 yard games on thenations most exciting offensive team.Lost in all the hoopla this year with Newton, James, TCU andBCS debate is the astounding performance of Boise States Kellen Moore, whothrew for more than 500 yards last weekend and has 21 TDs and a 72 percent completion rate. Oh, by the wayonly 4 interceptions--all year.Another quarterback lost in the shuffle is Andrew Luck atStanford. He threw for nearly 300 yards and two TDs to lead the Cardinalto its 8th win this year. Luck has thrown for 22 hundredyards with 22 touchdowns and has rushed for 370 yards and 3 scores.Last week in the Blog, I talked about the corps ofgreat receivers in the SEC this yearbut the best pass catcher in thenation, statistically, is Oklahoma States Justin Blackmon. AgainstBaylor Saturday he had 13 catches for 173 yards and an end run of 69 yards fora touchdown. In 8 straight games, Blackmon has recorded at least 100yards and a touchdown per game.A guy who was at the top of the talk early this seasonhas faded in the discussionsbut Terelle Pryor of Ohio State is still doingwell. 1997 yards, 22 TDs 7 picks and three 100 yard rushing games for theBuckeyes.And, dont look now, but here comes Andy Dalton. Thethird ranked TCU QB threw for 356 yards and 3 TDs in the Utah game last weekand has more than 22 hundred yards on the year with 19 touchdowns.But, it gets down to this--if all the off field talk doesntderail Newton, its his.
Heisman is Newton's to Lose
November 9, 2010, 5:35 pm