Looking good so far...
1. Javon Ringer - Surprise, Ringer flew under the radar to start off the season and quietly amassed 897 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 5 games. He leads the nation in total touchdowns and is second in yards to Donald Brown of Connecticut. With the Spartans next two games being at home against Iowa then traveling to Northwestern you have to believe that Ringer will be the Heisman frontrunner for several weeks. Ringer will need big games against Penn State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin to show voters that he can put up the same numbers against tougher competition.
2. Chase Daniel - Missouri is averaging an amazing 54 points a game so far this year. There is only one problem, and that is that Daniel has so far failed to seperate himself from the rest of his pass happy conference leading some to believe that it is poor defense and not above average QB's that are producing such great numbers. Daniel has completed almost 76% of his passes including a 20 completion streak in his last game. Daniel has also thrown only 1 interception in his 133 attempts.
3. Knowshon Moreno - After a strong showing as a freshman last year people expected big things out of Moreno and so far he has delivered. Despite a crushing loss to Alabama Moreno has done some great things and has to have one of the best highlight reels in the country right now. Moreno only had 9 carries for 34 yards against Alabama and that hurt his 6.3 yard average on the season. Moreno will have plenty of chances to redeem himself but needs to play well the rest of the year. If he continues to put up the type of numbers he has so far against some tough SEC competition then it would be hard for voters to pass on him. Moreno could follow up Tim Tebows amazing year and become the second Sophmore to win the heisman.
4. Max Hall - Hall has put up some serious numbers throwing 15 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions in his first 4 games while potentially leading the cougars to a 4-0 start. BYU's only potential tests come against TCU and Utah towards the end of their season meaning the Cougars are heavy favorites in the rest of their games. Hall will need to continue to put up huge numbers and win games in order to make the heisman ballot, leading his team to an undefeated season will do nothing but help his case.
5. Jarett Dillard - Dillard is playing great football right now averaging over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns a game after 5 games. Did I mention that Jarett is a wide reciever? Dont be fooled by the fact that he plays for the Rice Owls, he has put up 532 yards and 10 recieving TD's against competition including teams like Texas (4-0), and Vanderbilt (5-0). Dillard will most likely fall off of this unreal pace and end the season with above average numbers but if he does manage to continue playing the way he is for the remainder of the season then he should not only be put on the heisman ballot but recieve plenty of votes.
6. Sam Bradford - Bradford has led the Sooners back to the number one spot after a long absence. Bradford has thrown for 16 TD's and rushed for another all while keeping a solid 72% completion rate. Now that Oklahoma is starting their conference play we will find out if Bradford can lead the Sooners and win another Big 12 title. With so many good QB's in the Big 12 right now all producing big numbers it makes winning even more important in the normally stat reliant heisman race.
Not this year...
Tim Tebow - Tebow is having a bad year following up his 2007 heisman campaign. He is having trouble finding the endzone with only 8 combined passing and rushing TD's and has completed only 60% of his passes. Now that the SEC is getting into conference play Tebows competition will only get harder which is bad news for Gator Nation. If the coaching staff doesnt fix their predictable play calling soon then Tebow will have trouble coming out of this slump and fans across the nation will begin to think that last year was more of a fluke than a breakout season.
Beanie Wells - It seems to be a habit of Beanies to be hampered by some form of injury or another. Either Wells is too injury prone or he needs to toughen up in a hurry, but either way his heisman hopes are all but gone for this year. Wells has solid numbers in the games that he has played in but the three that he has missed due to his toe injury will make the final stats at the end of the season somewhat lacking. Beanie would be a heisman favorite yet again if he returns for his senior season but that remains to be seen.
Todd Reesing - Reesing is nowhere near the top of the conference let alone the nation when it comes to passing. The Jayhawks are 3-1 right now and things are not looking good for the reast of the season with the way most of the other teams in the Big 12 are playing. He has thrown 11 Touchdowns and only 2 interceptions but those numbers fail to impress when stacked up to the rest of the Big 12.
Jeremy Maclin - Maclin had an amazing freshman year and was the overall yardage leader in 2007. Maclin will have trouble beating those yardage numbers in 2008 which will hurt his heisman chances. The fact that he is on the same team as another heisman frontrunner, Chase Daniel, means that the spotlight will be greatly taken away from Maclin. Next year Maclin will be a sure favorite to win the heisman but his chances of making it this year are very slim.