Turel's Column: Early Heisman Look

After four games, here is Josh Turel's take on who has established themselves early for the Heisman Trophy race -- including a prominent MSU Spartan.

#1-Matt Leinart, Quarterback, USC
It's hard to discount what the defending champ is doing. Leinart has put up over 1,000 yards passing, a 67.8 completion percentage and ten touchdowns. His projected numbers put him over 4,000 yards passing but the schedule isn't as easy down the stretch.

#2-Laurence Maroney, Running Back, Minnesota
Maroney leads the nation in rushing at 698 and ran pretty well against a very good Purdue defense. Minnesota having a run at the conference crown will get his name out there more but this kid is a stud and I cannot see him slowing down anytime soon.

#3-Reggie Bush, Running Back, USC
Reggie is averaging a ridiculous 8.3 yards a carry and 17.1 yards a reception. His projected numbers are very good but he's going to need more carries to put up big numbers. Either way, he's the most explosive and dangerous athlete in the game and voters paying attention.

#4-Drew Stanton, Quarterback, Michigan State
You can't deny what Stanton has done. If the award went to most valuable player, Stanton may be the guy since without him, Michigan State is nothing. He is the do it all quarterback of a brilliant offense and he has weapons at receiver. Given the amount of shootouts this team will be involved in, I wouldn't count him out but his Michigan State will have to contend the whole season for him to stay in the limelight.

#5-Omar Jacobs, Quarterback, Bowling Green
His squad is off to a so-so season but expect Jacobs to put up big numbers throughout the year in this offense.

Others To Watch:
Vince Young, Quarterback, Texas
Marcus Vick, Quarterback, Virginia Tech
Brian Calhoun, Running Back, Wisconsin
Chris Leak, Quarterback, Florida
DeAngelo Williams, Running Back, Memphis
Mike Hass, Wide Receiver, Oregon State
Sam Keller, Quarterback, Arizona State
Tyrell Sutton, Running Back, Northwestern

Adrian Peterson, Running Back, Oklahoma
Ted Ginn Jr., Wide Receiver, Ohio State

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