This time last year it looked to be a race to the finish between the New Orleans Saints and the rest of the NFL lackeys for the opportunity to draft USC's Reggie Bush. This year Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn looked to be the winner, or the loser depending how you look at it. But fate changed for the Fighting Irish's golden boy, and with one lose and a series of close games, the Heisman Trophy and the overall NFL pick could pass him by.
The junior from
As Heisman talks begin to circulate across the nation, Russell said he is just trying to win games.
"I try not to think about it that much," Russell said. "I've always thought I was number one in my eyes. If I would win, it would reflect the effort of my teammates."
Heisman talk began to circulate
following Russell's 330-yard passing performance on Saturday against
Currently Russell does not appear
on ESPN's Heisman Watch web page, but the junior could climb onto the list with
a solid showing at The Swamp in
"He has matured as a quarterback and is playing with a lot of poise," receiver Early Doucet said. "He is not rushing his decisions. He doesn't hesitate to throw the ball. We've been around each other so much."
At the end of the season, Russell
will have the important decision of entering the NFL draft or staying in
"Is he the best? I don't know," offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said. "Would I trade him for somebody else? No."