Ouimet's Heisman (Week 2)

Former U-M staffer Mark Ouimet handicaps the Heisman race after Sept. 4th's games.

1. Matt Leinart, QB, USC – He finished the season well last year and started this season in great fashion by leading his team in victory over Virginia Tech with a 24-13 win. He was 19 of 29 for 272 yards with three touchdowns in that game. Look for continued success as they take on Colorado State and with the finding of RB Reggie Bush as wide receiver. Mr. Leinart hasn't lost a beat from last season and look for another 3,500+ yard season from this Quarterback. Offensive coordinator Norm Chow knows how to call the right plays for his Quarterback and Mr. Leinart knows how to make the right reads on the defense. He will pick the defense apart as he travels throughout the season, but the biggest question will be how he bounces back from a bad game this year when it occurs.

2. Darren Sproles, RB, Kansas State – This kid is only 5'7" and 180 lbs but he is like the energy bunny! He started the season in excellent form with 221 yards and a touchdown in a 27-13 win against Western Kentucky. He saved the day in Manhattan and we will find out if he can do the same this week against Fresno State as they will put 9 men in the box. Mr. Sproles and KSU can't become a one man show or it will be a long season in Manhattan, Kansas. They need to develop more weapons, so they can continue to open these running lanes for Darren. He is going to make a serious run at the Heisman, so keep your eye on the little guy from Kansas State!

3. Jason White, QB, Oklahoma – He is in his 6th year and trying to repeat as the Heisman winner, while leading his team over Bowling Green in the first game. Mr. White was 21 of 31 for 238 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He will remain a front runner for awhile with being the winner last year and having such a talented team around him, but don't look for him to repeat this year. They play a very poor team in Houston this week and is the same team that lost to Rice last week, so the Sooners should be able to put up a lot of points and look for Mr. White to have great numbers this week.

4. Cedric Benson, RB, Texas – He climbs up into the top five with a great start in the season opener against North Texas with 181 yards and two touchdowns, while averaging 12.1 yards a carry. He has a great team around him and will make a run at the Heisman after skipping out on the NFL draft to return for his senior season. Look for more of the same this week against Arkansas as the Longhorns are still stinging from that loss. This is one of the reasons Mr. Benson trained so hard and will remains so focus on his mission this season! Look for another big week in a big game for the Longhorns! If the Longhorns can make a run at the Big 12 Title and continue to block for Mr. Benson he will be sitting in New York in December!

5. David Greene, QB, Georgia – The first game for the Bulldogs is over with and Mr. Greene was 9 of 14 for 161 yards and can know become the quarterback with the most wins in NCAA history. He had a decent year last season with a 60.3% completion rate and 3,307 yards passing, which is why you will see the same out of Mr. Greene this year. If he can lead the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship and a BCS Title game you might see him make a run at the Heisman. They travel on the road to South Carolina in their first SEC game this week, so we will see how Mr. Greene fairs on the road after an average game against Georgia Southern.

Others to Watch:

6. Reggie Bush, RB, USC
7. Kyle Orton, QB, Purdue
8. Kay-Jay Harris, RB, West Virginia
9. Carnell Williams, RB, Auburn
10. Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan
11. Chris Leak, QB, Florida
12. Anthony Rodgers, QB, California
13. Rasheed Marshall, QB, West Virginia
14. Dan Orlovsky, QB, UConn
15. Alex Smith, QB, Utah
16. Chris Rix, QB, Florida State
17. Frank Gore, RB, Miami
18. Chad Henne, QB, Michigan
19. Anthony Davis, RB, Wisconsin
20. Brad Smith, QB, Missouri
21. Brock Berlin, QB, Miami, Fla.
22. Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma
23. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis
24. Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami, Fla.
25. Craphonso Thorpe, WR, Florida State
26. Derek Anderson, QB, Oregon State
27. Justin Vincent, RB, LSU
28. David Underwood, RB, Michigan

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