ESPN: 2003 Heisman Hopefuls

N.C. State's Phillip Rivers and TA McLendon both made ESPN's Top 20 Heisman Contenders entering the 2003 college football season.

ESPN: This may be a Heisman race to remember

Philip Rivers, QB, NC State
Notable numbers:262-of-418 for 3,353 yards, 62.7 completion percentage, 20 TDs, 10 INTS, 10 rushing TDs
Comment: People mock his throwing motion, but they sure as heck can't mock the results. While Rivers isn't flashy, he is deadly accurate and you don't throw for over 3,300 yards by accident. He's also tough and isn't afraid to get in the mix as evidenced by his 10 rushing TDs.

T.A. McLendon, RB, NC State
Notable numbers: 245 carries, 1,101 yards, 4.5 ypc, 18 TDs
Comment: Maurice Clarett wasn't the only freshman to shine last year. It's just that McLendon was overshadowed by Mo-mania. Still, McLendon carried the Wolfpack to the Gator Bowl and if he can help NC State reach the BCS this year, he could maybe still a little of the spotlight back from Clarett.


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