Friday, August 27, 2004

Heisman hopefulls

Jason White

School: Oklahoma Pos.: QB Year: Sr.

Comment: This list has to start with White, who could become the first player to repeat as the Heisman Trophy winner since Archie Griffin first accomplished the feat in 1974 and '75. Ironically, the 2003 season could factor against White because he finished it so poorly - after the votes were cast.

Matt Leinart

School: Southern California Pos.: QB Year: Jr.

Comment: If White is anything less than spectacular, or if Oklahoma should suffer an upset loss or two, Leinart has the profile and the talent to win the trophy.

Darren Sproles

School: Kansas State Pos.: RB Year: Sr.

Comment: The nation's top rusher is back for 2004, but it's doubtful he'll gain more than 1,900 again without another KSU playmaker for defenses to target.

Cedric Benson

School: Texas Pos.: RB Year: Sr.

Comment: He's ready for a productive season and could even beat out Sproles for the Big 12 rushing title. Texas must win the important games for him to win the trophy.

David Greene

School: Georgia Pos.: QB Year: Sr.

Comment: The quarterback on the nation's best team is always a candidate, and this is where Greene's best chances rest.

Mark Clayton

School: Oklahoma Pos.: WR Year: Sr.

Comment: He could put up big-time touchdown numbers, which might look better than White's passing numbers.

Brad Smith

School: Missouri Pos.: QB Year: Jr.

Comment: Not many QBs do more with the ball than Smith, who is as dangerous on the ground as he is through the air.

Anthony Davis

School: Wisconsin Pos.: RB Year: Sr.

Comment: Davis could be the best running back in the nation not playing in the Big 12.

Rasheed Marshall

School: West Virginia Pos.: QB Year: Sr.

Comment: He's not a great passer, but if the Mountaineers keep winning, Marshall could become a sentimental choice.

-Dustin Dow