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In order to win the Heisman just like the MVP in other major sports, there has to be a combination of intangibles which need to occur. The athlete must put up great statistics, be on a good team, play on a team with good media exposure, and most importantly in my eyes be the biggest difference maker out of all the candidates. The Heisman committee must take into consideration all of these intangibles mentioned but most importantly be able to envision the candidate’s team without them.

So without further adu, here is my list of Heisman candidates for 2008, my predicted winner top three, and a list of other candidates who will likely receive some consideration.

Tim Tebow – Tebow totally altered the way many college coaches are beginning to recruit for now on with his ability to beat you with both his legs and arm. Tebow threw for nearly 3,300 yards and ran for nearly 900 more in 2007 while totaling an eye popping 55 touchdowns overall. Even further amazing was that Tebow completed nearly 67% of his passes with only 6 interceptions in addition to averaging 4.3 yards per carry.

In 2008, Tebow should one again be the best player in the country, but repeating his efforts will be awfully tough due to the amount of hits that he takes throughout the course of a year. However, as long as he remains healthy, he will be a lock for a trip to NYC with a good chance of becoming just the second player to win multiple Heisman trophy awards.

Chase Daniel – Daniel came out of nowhere last year to finish fourth at the Heisman trophy ceremony. Daniel completed 68% of his passes in passing for an impressive 4,300 yards with 33 touchdowns while also rushing for another four.

With the losses of RB Tony Temple, WR William Franklin and TE Martin Rucker, Daniel’s stats without question will clearly decrease. The good news though is that Daniel will still produce as Missouri should easily be a top 10 team and possibly a BCS team due to the talent that still surrounds him.

However, when it is all said and done, I just do not see Daniel being able to compete with the likes of Tebow, Chris Wells and Knowshown Moreno.

Pat White – White, the poor man’s Tebow is also a dual threat in the air and on the ground. Last year White passed for over 1,700 yards with 14 touchdowns and a completion percentage of nearly 67%. Equally impressive on the ground, White rushed for an amazing 1,335 yards with 14 more scores while averaging nearly 7 yards per rush.

While White will play on another talented West Virginia team who should be BCS bound again, he will not be able to put up the numbers of the likes of Tebow due to his size. Just like Tebow, White takes a great deal of hits because of how much he carries the ball. The difference though is that Tebow is built like a LB and White is not.

Sam Bradford – Bradford wound up being one of the best freshman in college football season where he passed for over 3,100 yards with 36 touchdowns only 8 interceptions. Even more impressive, Bradford completed 70% of his passes which is remarkable for a freshman QB.

When the 2008 season begins, Bradford will only continue to get better on a Sooner team that will contend for the national title. But Bradford will need the Sooners to reach the national title game in order to become a sleeper in this year’s Heisman race.

Chris Wells – “Beanie” Wells like many on this list, really came into his own and made a name for himself in 2007. Wells quietly rushed for a shade over 1,600 yards with 15 touchdowns.

Wells, who has great NFL size already at 6-1 and 240, will have the benefit of playing on a team with a very good offensive line, a great defense and the luxury of being the focal point of the offense.
The key for Wells though will be his performance early in the season in a key game at USC. If he shines here, he could gain an early inside track as the favorite for the Heisman.

Graham Harrell – Harrell led the nation in 2007 in touchdowns with 48 and passing yards with 5700. And with his favorite target in phenom Michael Crabtree back, Harrell’s numbers should mirror 2008. The only problem is that Texas Tech will not have the success that the other big programs on this list. Furthermore, expect Crabtree to steal some of his votes.

Knowshon Moreno – Moreno is being featured on just about every college football magazine and being compared to Georgia Bulldog great Herschel Walker. If that is not enough pressure for the young sophomore to handle, his team is also ranked #1 in the country and plays in the very tough SEC.
In 2007, and despite sharing carries with the since graduated Thomas Brown a year ago, Moreno rushed for 1300 yards and 14 touchdowns. Now, with the job solely his in 2008, Moreno should reach the 1800 yard range with around 20 touchdowns.

And with these type of stats, Moreno should become a front runner for the Heisman. The only other aspect that could hold him back is how Georgia will fare throughout a brutal SEC schedule.

Joe McKnight – If McKnight manages to remain healthy and play the entire season, he will surely be involved in the middle of the Heisman hopefuls. McKnight will benefit from a Trojan team that is capable of going undefeated and a team that receives great national exposure. It also does not hurt that McKnight possesses the same explosive talents that Reggie Bush had early in his career.

The downside to all McKnight’s promise, is that he suffered a hyper-extended elbow and his status for the season opener is still uncertain.

Other possible Heisman candidates include the following:

Max Hall from BYU who has a chance to be on a BYU team that goes undefeated.

James Davis from Clemson who is outstanding and on a very good Clemson team. The only problem is that he shares carries with C.J. Spiller.

Dan LeFevour from Central Michigan who is quietly one of the best QB’s in the country, but the Chippewa’s strength of schedule will hurt his chances.

James Laurinaitis from Ohio State, who might be the best LB in the country and could be one of the top picks in the NFL next year.

Michael Crabtree from Texas Tech who is the best kept secret in college football. Crabtree, who is only a sophomore, won the triple crown of football in 2007 where he led the nation with 134 catches for over 1,900 yards and 22 touchdowns. Crabtree’s numbers were staggering and he should finally receive the kudos for his freakish ability in 2008.

Predicted top 3: Tebow, Bradford, Moreno

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  1. 1 On August 23rd, 2008, Blake said:

    Joe McKnight will need to win the the starting running back job before you start giving him Heisman consideration. Stafon Johnson and CJ Gable will get carries. If McKnight wins, it will be because of injuries to both of them and an outstanding season, he just doesn’t have enough to win it. Replace him with Noel Devine from West Virginia, a guy who had over 8 yards a carry last year and over 600 yards as a backup.

  2. 2 On August 27th, 2008, pbausk said:

    c.j. gable is already hurt and a guy named reggie bush spilt carries with lendale white about the same mcknight would with anyone because he has Bush type stuff

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