Is there a more impressive quarterback in the nation than Stanton right now? True, Michigan State isn't the high profile program like USC who boast an outstanding signal caller in Matt Leinart. Leinart had NFL team waiting to write him a blank check after last season's national championship but elected to come back.
But a quick perousal of the nation's elite signal callers shows that Stanton is clearly one of them. Stanton (4-0) currently leads the nation in passer rating at an 201.26, ahead of (USC 3-0) Leinart's 200.4, Cody Hodges Texas Tech (3-0)(199.4) and Reggie McNeal (2-1) (196.2) of Texas A&M.
Stanton is fourth in passing yards (1184) second in touchdown passes (13) and third in completion percentage (73.1%).
ESPN.com's Heisman watch is a joke, listing Stanton at 11th and quarterback such as Louisville's Brian Brohm, Florida's Chris Leak, Bowling Green's Omar Jacobs, Notre Dame's Brady Quinn and Arizona State's Sam Keller all ahead of him.
Stanton has already beaten Quinn head-to-head and Brohm's highly rated Louisville team was upset by South Florida of all teams.
In fact, NFL team must be looking at the junior from Farmington Hills Harrison as a possible early entry into the draft, something that must make head coach John L. Smith lose sleep at night.
Still, all this talk could prove premature if he doesn't lead his team over crosstown rival Michigan this Saturday at home. Heisman Trophy canidates show up in big games.
For Drew Stanton's candidacy, this one couldn't be any bigger.