College Football

Early season Heisman watch

McFadden could really be big pimpin’
after this season: how does Heisman
winner and No. 1 overall pick in the NFL
Draft sound?

We’re only entering the third week of the college football season, but it’s never too early to start getting worked up over the best players in the nation. And there are a lot of talented guys this year who could be taking home the hardware in December. Here’s how the college gridiron studs stack up going into, or in Steve Slaton’s case, coming out of, week 3:

1. Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas

Arkansas didn’t play last week, which means Darren McFadden hasn’t been able to add to his 181 rushing/receiving yards, 19 return yards, 42 passing yards or two touchdowns yet. But McFadden will have a great opportunity to make a serious Heisman statement when the Razorbacks head to Tuscaloosa for their SEC opener against Alabama. McFadden will be facing a solid run-stopping defense in a hostile stadium, but after an extra week’s rest he should be ready for the challenge. However, if history is any indication then he’ll end up with about 100 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

2. John David Booty, QB, USC

John David Booty looked good in the Trojans season opener as he went 21-of-32 for 206 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-10 victory over Idaho. Now, after an early season bye week, USC will have a much more difficult opponent when they travel to Lincoln, NE., for a match-up with the No. 14 Cornhuskers. Last year, Booty passed for 257 yards (25-of-36) and three touchdowns as USC won 28-10 in the City of Angels. But it probably won’t be quite so easy this year considering that the Blackshirts have held opposing quarterbacks to just 124 yards per game (41.2 completion percentage) while picking off three passes.

3. Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia

Steve Slaton did it again last night as he carried the load for the No. 4 Mountaineers of West Virginia with 137 yards rushing (147 total) and three touchdowns in a 31-14 win against the Terrapins, who ironically looked like they were moving in slow motion at times against Slaton. Now just one touchdown away from tying a the school record of 42, Slaton has already racked up 465 rush/receiving yards and nine TDs on the year. Not too shabby for just three games. Pat White, who many figure could be Heisman finalist as well, stayed fairly quiet on the evening (8-of-13 for 95 yards passing with 22 yards and a TD rushing), allowing the consistent criticism of how the two will split votes to be quelled for at least a week.

4. Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii

Hawaii needed overtime to get past Louisiana Tech, 45-44, which allowed Colt Brennan to set a school record for completions in a game (43) and his 548 yards were the second most in school history. Brennan has now thrown for at least 400 yards in eight consecutive games and has already accumulated 964 yards (77-for-101) and 10 touchdowns in only two games. Brennan looked mortal last year when UNLV crossed the ocean to the Big Island where they limited him to 296 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Since then Brennan has thrown for 59 scores and only nine picks.

5. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville

Brian Brohm threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns on a mere eight completions in the first quarter of a 58-42 shootout against Middle Tennessee State. By the time the game ended, Brohm had a career high 401 yards and five touchdowns to bring his season totals up to 776 yards and 9 TDs. Brohm could be commanding another air assault when the Cardinals travel to Lexington for a game against rival Kentucky. And if the Heisman trophy isn’t motivation enough, he should have some added incentive to put a hurting on the Wildcats after the Kentucky athletic department erected billboards of their well-known players throughout Louisville.

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Louisville and Middle Tennessee put on a show in a shootout

We were totally shocked to see that Louisville was only able to defeat Middle Tennessee by a measly seven points, 28-21. C’mon, this is No. 8 Louisville taking on lil’ ol’ Middle Tennessee! The Cards should be dropping 50 on these guys without even breaking a sweat.

Wait, what? Say that again? 28-21 wasn’t the final score, it was the first quarter score?!?!

Well, in that case; holy crap, did you see the first quarter of last night’s Louisville/Middle Tennessee game! It was amazing! Brian Brohm threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns on eight completions in the opening frame en route to a career-high 401 yards and five TDs to outlast MTSU in a shootout that ended up with a final of 58-42. The whole game was great, but the first quarter was indeed a sight to behold.

The two schools combined for 504 total yards (MTSU: 212, UL: 292) and a whopping 49 points in case you’re too hung-over from last night’s NFL opening night party to do the addition. It also helps that neither team decided to play a lick of defense until after the third touchdown of 70 or more yards was scored in the first 2:23. Even then, it still took a while to `slow’ things down as a total of five touchdowns were scored in the first five minutes of the game.

The final statistics of the game are equally incredible: 1,284 total yards from scrimmage and an eyeball popping 13 touchdowns.

I think these guys kept their heads up and on offense we said, ‘Keep scoring.’ That’s going to be our motto all year,” said Brian Brohm.

It’s a good thing too, because with Hawaii playing in the middle of the freakin’ night most weeks we’re thrilled to have our very own mainland Colt Brennan.


[]: Brohm throws for 5 TDs as No. 8 Louisville holds off Middle Tenn.