Ouimet's Heisman Watch (Week 15)

Former U-M staffer Mark Ouimet updates his Heisman Trophy list. Where does Michigan tailback Chris Perry stand after an impressive performance in the Wolverines 35-21 win Saturday over Ohio State?

Ouimet’s Heisman Watch (week 15)

1. Jason White, QB, Oklahoma – He is making a strong case for himself in the Heisman campaign. He was 22 of 32 for 394 yards and 4 Touchdowns over Texas Tech and will not play until December 6 in the Big 12 Title game against Kansas State. He is 240 of 366 for 3,479 and 40 Touchdowns, while only throwing six interceptions. Without question he will be traveling to New York City, but will he win the Heisman?

2. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Pittsburgh – This guy keeps scoring touchdowns and broke another NCAA record with the best mark of 20 in the win over Temple. He caught 7 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns, while bringing up his total to 84 receptions for 1,569 yards and 20 Touchdowns. So far this year most of the defenses have a hard time covering him, but still must show his skills this weekend against the Hurricanes. He also will be taking a trip to New York City and won’t have to make a reservation, because there will be a seat waiting for him.

3. Eli Manning, QB, Mississippi – He had a tough game against LSU this past week in the loss and couldn’t get much done against one of the best defenses in the country. He was 16 of 36 for 200 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He will play again this week against a bad football team in Mississippi State, but the game will be on the road against a rival team. Manning is 234 of 383 for 3,081 yards and 24 touchdowns with 9 interceptions, while rushing for two touchdowns. We will see how he can bounce back this week, but must put up some big numbers and complete more than 50% of his passes.

4. Kevin Jones, RB, Virginia Tech – The Hokies are struggling and now have three losses on the year, but you can’t blame Mr. Jones with another 100 yard game to bring that total to 8 on the year. He ran 24 times for 165 yards and three touchdowns, while bringing his total to 240 rushes for 1,416 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Hokies play Virginia on the road in Cavalier country, so this will not be an easy task and they will put a lot of men in the box to stop Mr. Jones and the Hokies.

5. Chris Perry, RB, Michigan – A solid game against the Buckeye’s defense with 31 carries for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He has 315 attempts for 1,589 yards for 17 touchdowns, while also having 42 receptions for 366 yards and two touchdowns. The Wolverine season is over after clinching the Big Ten Title. Will Mr. Perry get an invitation to New York City. Only time will tell, but other performances from this coming weekend will affect Mr. Perry’s New York City plans so we should watch the games closely this weekend.

6. Darren Sproles, RB, Kansas State – He made a late charge for the Heisman in the last game against Missouri with 43 carries for 273 yards and two touchdowns. Darren now has two games with 200+ yards on the year and has an outstanding average of 6.3 yards per carry on the year. The Wildcats will not play until the Big 12 Title against Oklahoma and Mr. Sproles just might be the best back in the country, but stay tuned as that game is two weeks away against the best defense in the country.

7. Matt Leinart, QB, USC – Another outstanding game against UCLA while completing 23 of 32 for 289 yards and two touchdowns. He is 210 of 330 for 2,951 for 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while completing 63.6% of his passes. Three of those interceptions came against California in the loss, so it is obvious this team rides the wave of Mr. Leinart and his play as quarterback. They do have another game left against Oregon State at home, so he will give the voters some more time before they vote for this Heisman race.

8. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Miami (Oh) – Another big game this week against Ohio University completing 19 of 28 for 294 yards and four touchdowns, which brings his total to 271 of 398 for 3,343 and 24 touchdowns. He only has nine interceptions, while completing 68.1% of his passes this year. The Red Hawks still have two more games with the first one on the road against Central Florida and the second most likely against Bowling Green in the MAC Championship. This guy is the real deal!

9. Philip Rivers, QB, North Carolina State – Mr. Rivers had his number retired this past weekend, but they lost to Maryland. Rivers didn’t have a great game completing 16 of 30 for 276 yards and one interception, but had a brilliant career at North Carolina State. He is 311 of 438 for 4,016 yards with 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while also rushing for three touchdowns. His season his over and the biggest question is will he get a seat in New York City.

10. Ryan Dinwiddie, QB, Boise State – He had another outstanding game against Fresno State completing 22 of 31 for 273 yards and two touchdowns. The Broncos still have two games left with Nevada at home and Hawaii on the road, which are both tough games. We will see if he can deliver down the stretch with two pivotal games left. He is 220 of 356 yards for 3,327 yards and 24 touchdowns. He only has three interceptions on the year, while completing 61.8% of his passes. Watch him closely, because he would be a long shot but will get some west coast votes.


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