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October 28, 2008

Olin Buchanan's Week 9 Heisman Ballot

VOTE: Who is the front-runner for the Heisman?

Texas Tech's sports information department came up with a creative way to promote both quarterback Graham Harrell and wide receiver Michael Crabtree's Heisman Trophy candidacies.

Passorcatch2008.com, a Web site that Tech established as a play on the presidential campaigns, asks voters to choose between the passer (Harrell) or the catcher (Crabtree). After last week, the passer has to be the choice.

A five-touchdown performance against Kansas vaults Harrell into the second position on the weekly Heisman leaders list. He has the potential to move up with a game against top-ranked Texas this week.

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy remains the leader on the list for the third consecutive week. McCoy has had excellent performances in two previous games against Texas Tech in his career.

1. QB Colt McCoy, Texas: He threw an interception against Oklahoma State – his fourth of the season – and lost a fumble. But he still passed for 391 yards and completed 84.4 percent of his attempts. He has completed at least 80 percent of his passes in five of the past six games, and the Longhorns still are undefeated.

2. QB Graham Harrell, Texas Tech: In a 63-21 win over Kansas, Harrell threw for 386 yards and five touchdowns – and only two went to Crabtree. Harrell leads the nation with 3,147 passing yards and he has 28 touchdown passes.

3. QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma: Bradford had his worst outing of the season in last week's 58-35 win over Kansas State, and still threw three touchdown passes. Though he completed fewer than half his passing attempts against the Wildcats, he still threw for 255 yards.

4. RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia: He returns to the list after a 163-yard performance against LSU. Moreno was among the nation's top contenders earlier, but was held to just 34 yards in a loss to Alabama. He has 436 rushing yards in the past three games, against some good rushing defenses.

5. RB Shonn Greene, Iowa: The Hawkeyes were off last week, but Greene is one of the nation's few running backs to exceed 100 yards in every game. He rushed for 217 in a win over Wisconsin two weeks ago, and he has a chance to raise his profile with Illinois and Penn State on the schedule in the next two weeks.

VOTE: Who is the frontrunner for the Heisman?

Olin Buchanan is a Heisman voter and a senior college football writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at olin@rivals.com.

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