PGWU Heisman Watch: Week 7

Welcome to week 7 in the college football season. This weekend we get our first BCS standings and quite a few big games, but we are here this week to talk about the Heisman Trophy candidates. Terrelle Pryor is back on the map this week, as is Taylor Martinez. Did Denard Robinson hurt his chances with last week’s performance? Check it out.

5th Kellen Moore QB Boise State   He has 14 TD to 1 INT this season, and is averaging 9.9 yards per completion.  These stats are great considering he hasn’t played much in the 2nd half of the last few games.

4th Taylor Martinez QB Nebraska Wow!  That is all I can say about his performance last Thursday against KSU.  He made the Wildcat defense look silly with his blazing speed.  Martinez leads all FBS schools with 10.8 yards per rush and 12 rushing TD.

3rd Terrelle Pryor QB Ohio State  Slowly, but surely Pryor is beginning to quiet his critics.  He is throwing the ball better this season than he ever has, coming off a great performance against Indiana.  He was 24-30 for 334 yards and 3 TD.  For the season he has 15 TD to 3 INT and is completing nearly 70% of his passes.

2nd LaMichael James RB Oregon  Had an impressive game last week with 223 total yards and 3 scores.  He has been an extremely consistant performer so far this season and that is what it takes to win the Heisman Trophy.

1st Cameron Newton QB Auburn  He continues to put the Tigers on his shoulders and they continue to win.  He had 4 rushing TD last week, adding to his impressive total TD mark of 21.  If the Tigers keep winning, he will stay atop this list.


PGWU Top 5: All-Time College Linebackers

We have a new feature at PGWU, the PGWU Top 5 lists.  We will release a different list every week throughout the year.  A few writers will contribute each week.   If you have any list you would like to see us compile, send me a tweet @PregameWarmUp or reply in the links.

John Huber’s Top 5 LB

1. Dick Butkus – Illinois

It all starts with this guy. Heck the award for best college linebacker annually is named for him!  A ferocious hitter, no player before or since could reverse the direction of a ball carrier like Butkus. Tough and nasty player, he became the future model for all linebackers.

2. Hugh Green – Pitt

Greens 53 career sacks from 1977-80 is the all-time NCAA record.  A hybrid OLB/DE he finished second to George Rogers in the 1980 Heisman race. Not many have ever possessed Greens combination of speed, strength, quickness and agility. A three time all-American and the first defensive player to win the Walter Camp award.

3. Lawrence Taylor – North Carolina

Originally recruited to UNC as a linemen, Taylor and Derrick Thomas re-defined the LB  position during the 80’s. Played before the Butkus Award existed but had 16 sacks his senior year and was All-American and ACC player of the year.  Selected number 2 overall by the Giants in the 1981 NFL draft.

4. Derrick Thomas – Alabama

Holds the single season sack NCAA record with 27 and trails only Hugh Green with 52 career sacks. Almost un-blockable coming off the edge DT made life miserable for college and NFL offensive tackles. One of, if not the best pure pass rusher s in the history of the game.

5. Mike Singletary – Baylor

“The Minister of Defense” was a tackling machine. Playing in Waco, he somewhat flew under the national radar but was still a two time all-American who averaged 15 tackles per game and had 3 games of 30+ tackles in his college career.  662 Career tackles.  Possessed the most intense “game face” ever.

Jason Kelly’s Top 5 LB

1. Dick Butkus

Without a doubt, he was the one to revolutionize the position.  It doesn’t hurt that he has the award named for him.

2. Jerry Robinson

He was a three time All American.  He was converted from WR in his Soph Year.  Only linebacker to reach All American status in 3 years.

 3. Jack Ham

He made PSU “Linebacker U”

4.  “Batman” Richard Wood

 Led the USC defense to 2 national titles

5.  Tommy Nobis

Between 63-65, he averaged 20 tackles a game

Jason Madson’s Top 5 LB

1. Dick Butkus

The best linebacker to ever play the game.  It doesn’t matter if we are talking college or pro, this guy is where any list should start.

2. Chris Spielman

He is a personal favorite of mine, and a damn good college football player.  2 time All-American and Lombardi award winner. 

3.Lawrence Taylor

The most athletic freak to play in college football in my opinion, but not as true of a linebacker as the top 2.  Had he worried more about his status on the field, he would’ve been even better.

4.Derrick Thomas

Sacks, sacks and more sacks.  That is what DT would give you every year, proving my point with the NCAA career record of 52 sacks.(NCAA didn’t begin counting defensive stats until 2000) DT was in the defensive backfield chasing QB’s more often than he wasn’t.

5.LaVar Arrington

As dominant a force as we have seen in the last 20 years, he was a playmaker.  The LaVar Leap was his most famous play at Linebacker U, but he did a lot more than that.  He was the only soph to be selected as the Big-10 DPOY.