Sept. 6, 2004
By Greg Amsinger
Special to CollegeSports.com
GREG'S BIG LIST (a.k.a. Probable Posers):
1.) RB - Darren Sproles, Kansas St.: *42 carries, 221 yards, 1 TD Sproles has a stranglehold on the Heisman already. It's his to lose - Period.
2.) QB - Brad Smith, Missouri: *14-22, 233 yards, 3 TD, 6 carries, 63 yards, 1 TD Tailback Damien Nash really helped take the pressure off Brad Smith's shoulder pads, but still, on Saturday...it was the "Brad Smith Show" against Arkansas State. It's true; Brad "is" college football's new Michael Vick.
3.) RB - Cedric Benson, Texas: *15 carries, 181 yards, 2 TD
This Longhorn is awesome. Benson had more powerful runs on Saturday than any other top tailback in the country - including Kay Jay Harris' insane performance. Cedric doesn't need holes to make yards and that makes him a Heisman threat.
4.) QB - Alex Smith, Utah: *21-29, 359 yards, 3 TD, 13 carries, 76 yards, 2 TD What am I thinking? A quarterback from Utah ahead of Leinart and White? - Look at those stats...need I say more? Smith didn't play against a powder-puff opponent either. Texas A&M may not be Kansas State, but it's a solid Big 12 win for a red hot Utes team that is ready to make some noise...thanks to their Heisman hopeful quarterback.
5.) QB - Jason White, Oklahoma: *21-31, 238 yards, 1 TD The Heisman winner played well, but after edging out Larry Fitzgerald in last year's voting (don`t remind me), Jason must put up better numbers for a repeat performance. One more thing, what does it say for the Big 12 Conference if four of my five top "Posers" are from the same league? The debate over best conference is always between the ACC or SEC...how about some love for the Big 12'ers?
6.) RB - Cadillac Williams, Auburn: *23 carries, 103 yards, 1 TD I love watching this Caddy roll up and down the football field, but there's too many big numbers out there in Week One for Williams to crack the top five. Cadillac's reputation will leave him on the Big List longer than most.
7.) QB - Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson: *20-41, 288 yards, 2 TD Good ole' Charlie got off to a rocky start, but the second half against Wake Forest proved why Whitehurst is a serious "Poser". If Charlie can keep the magic alive, he's got a solid team behind him that could boost his Heisman hype even more.
8.) QB - Matt Leinart, USC: *19-29, 272 yards, 3 TD I'm sorry, but Leinart wasn't very impressive against Virginia Tech. The Hokies secondary was questionable last season and they won't be the best defensive backfield he faces this season. Still, Matt had problems finding his groove with what was obviously a very "green" wide receiving core. Leinart will rely heavily on tailback Reggie Bush to keep his Heisman hopes alive.
9.) QB - Kyle Orton, Purdue: *16-30, 287 yards, 4 TD First off, Lynn Swann said it himself, "Kyle has thrown two of the best passes I've seen a college quarterback throw in years." - Not bad coming from a Hall of Fame receiver huh? Orton peeled the Orange secondary apart on Saturday. He's a long shot for the Trophy, but he's got the tools and resources to make a run.
10.) QB - David Greene, Georgia: *9-14, 161 yards, 1 TD I hate saying it, but if Greene wins this year's Heisman, I'll experience the same post-Heisman nausea I endured after last year's trophy presentation. David Greene isn't close to being the country's top player - no matter how well the Bulldogs play. It's an INDIVIDUAL award - not a team honor. Please, somebody remind the voters.
Or, tell them to take a year off and base the award on Greg's BIG LIST...that'll work too.
Greg Amsinger serves as a host for CSTV and is a frequent commentator on the world of college sports for CollegeSports.com.
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