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The 2014 Heisman Trophy tracker

Published: Monday, Sept. 1 2014 9:32 p.m. MDT

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In a tough 41-38 loss to Rutgers, Halliday had a monster outing for Washington State. He finished the night by completing 40-of-56 passes for 532 yards and five touchdowns as well as one interception.

Up next for Halliday and the Cougars is a trip to Nevada to face the Wolf Pack.

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But seriously folks!
Salt Lake City, UT

Nice work Taysom. I didn't see Travis Wilson mentioned in the Heisman list. He is a PAC 10.2 QB and should be listed as the #1 qb in the country because of his conference affiliation alone.

TFUDD
SLC, UT

@but Seriously folks

Given that Travis Wilson only played 2 quarters it's logical that he wouldn't be mentioned on this list. His stats don't reflect an entire game while Taysom Hill did play the whole game. BYU didn't exactly blow out UCONN so Hill got to play most of the game..therefore accumulating more stats.

I'm pretty sure 99% of Utah fans would agree that Travis Wilson won't be considered a Heisman candidate either while 99% BYU fans would consider Taysom Hill to be one.....every year

David
Centerville, UT

TFUDD,

I didn't watch the game, but it sounds like Bryce Petty only played 1/2 of the game, and he's on the list.

We all (Aggies, Cougars, Utes) recognize that Travis Wilson is not a Heisman candidate, while Hill is.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

Of course, Hill is on the list...this is, after all, the Deseret News.

Hill doesn't stand a chance of making an impact in the Heisman race simply due to the poor schedules Holmoe puts together. USC's Kessler looks like the real deal. We'll see what happens when conference play get underway. One thing is for sure, playing in a P5 conference...he will show how good he really is.

It is note worthy the bulk of the qb's in the Heisman race are from the talent rich Pac-12.

TFUDD
SLC, UT

@David

Did you not read my entire comment? it clearly states at the end of my comment "every year". BYU fans think their quarterback is a Heisman candidate every year single year without fail. and FYI..Bryce Petty was already a serious Heisman candidate last year so of course he'll already be on the short list of players.

David
Centerville, UT

TFUDD,

Your comment is not accurate. Most BYU fans do not believe their quarterback is a Heisman candidate every year.

Have you heard of Heaps? He came out with great expectations and fanfare, but fans quickly saw his weaknesses and liabilities. He wasn't presented as a Heisman candidate.

My point is that Hill is the real deal. He may not come out of the season even in the running. But he is a great athlete, with great promise, and deserves to be among the candidates. I wouldn't say the same for Wilson.

But seriously folks!
Salt Lake City, UT

TFUDD,
Can you back up your statement that EVERY YEAR, WITHOUT FAIL BYU think their QB will be a heisman canddate?And by the way, Hill is on most Heisman lists not just the desnews. Nice try however.

What would you consider a blowout? Playing the 199th ranked team at home that is on a 46 game losing streak or beating the 100th or so ranked team on the road, having to travel over 2,000 miles to do so.

No comparison at all, no matter what crimson spin you put on it.

afro14
Sandy, UT

@But Seriously Folks.

Both Utah and BYU played bad teams, and both did what they were expected to do. It's waaaay too early to make any predictions about how good or bad of a season Wilson and Hill will have. This week's games will be more telling as to how good they both really are this year. Texas has a good defense and Fresno State has a good secondary. I predict that Hill will put up big numbers all year long, but it won't really mean that much because BYU doesn't play many teams with really good defenses. As for Wilson, the only thing I can say is that I think he'll be improved from last year, with less INTs thrown and more yards per game.

TFUDD
SLC, UT

@David

You basically proved my point. BYU fans thought Jake Heaps was a Heisman hopeful before playing a single down. Remember all the hype around him, Stout and Apo? I don't need a particular article to prove my point. My point is justified with almost every BYU fan I talk to. "Qwest for Perfection" hahaha...just more proof that validates everything about the hype BYU fans put around their own team/players

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

Yes, TFUDD, there was a lot of hype. All three were highly touted recruits. However, nobody said Heaps was a Heisman candidate. What we did think was that if he continued to improve after his stellar (for a Freshman) first year, he could become one.

As we all know, he didn't improve. He was still afraid to get hit, never learned to put touch on the ball, and had difficulty reading defenses. Then he got benched for a lesser talent who had a ton more heart; and the rest, as we all know, is history.

Hill thrust himself onto the National stage by dismantling Texas last season. As long as his pass completion numbers stay high, he has a few big runs from time to time, and the chips fall in his favor, he could certainly make a run at the Heisman.

sammyg
Springville, UT

tpudd

"BYU fans think their quarterback is a Heisman candidate every year single year without fail."

Nope, BYU fans only understand their QB as a Heisman candidate when the sports journalists say so.

You're either a Heisman candidate or you're not according to the media.

And as harsh as it sounds... the media doesn't care about one thing about a Ute QB at this time.

Oh and another thing nor did the Utes get any ranking votes this week.

What is it they say... "Silence is golden"?

TFUDD
SLC, UT

@Sammy G.

That's funny because I didn't once mention that Travis Wilson is or should be a Heisman candidate.

"Nope, BYU fans only understand their QB as a Heisman candidate when the sports journalists say so." Well it sound like you understand that...tell it to ur fan base.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

@EFudd and Myperspective

"Given that Travis Wilson only played 2 quarters it's logical that he wouldn't be mentioned on this list. His stats don't reflect an entire game"

"Hill doesn't stand a chance of making an impact in the Heisman race simply due to the poor schedules Holmoe puts together."

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Weak excuses gentlemen, your blue envy is shining through. Several of the players listed didn't play an entire game and yet made this list. Mariota, Bryce Petty, etc

Also, MyP, you must be new to college football. Since when does scheduling have anything to do with Heisman voting?! Steve McNair finished 3rd in the voting and he played for Alcorn St. Ty Detmer finished in the top 10 3 times including 1st and 3rd. Randy Moss finished 4th at Marshall, Jordan Lynch finished 3rd at No Illinois, Andre Ware finished 1st with Houston, Paul Palmer was a runner-up at Temple and Gordy Lockbaum was 3rd from Holy Cross.

The Heisman is about putting up big numbers and if the player is really good and can put up big numbers he'll get votes. Taysom Hill is good and will put up big numbers all year.

Get used to it.

TFUDD
SLC, UT

@Big Cougar

Mariota and Petty were already really big names last year so of course they would be on the list. You are right about one thing though, the scheduling thing is just stupid.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

Ahem......

I predict this will be a very difficult season for Ute fans. They will not take it well at all to see Taysom get all the attention he is going to get as a Heisman Candidate and the hours of free publicity he and his BYU Cougars will get on ESPN Sportscenter (can you say Jimmermania II?) all season long while their own QB (the Giraffe) languishes in anonymity in the cellar of the Pac12.

They will further experience wailing and gnashing of teeth because they know they tucked tail and ran from the rivalry and a shot to play the spoiler role in BYU and Taysom's season. They will watch him enjoy immense praise and glory and not be able to do anything about it. It will eat at them like an ulcer.

It will be a bitter pill for them to swallow.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

RE: TFUDD

"BYU fans think their quarterback is a Heisman candidate every year single year without fail."

I can understand your confusion since BYU has had a Heisman winner (Detmer), several finalists in the Heisman voting (McMahon, Young, Bosco x2, Detmer the year he didn't win), and several others in national Heisman watch lists (Hall, Beck, now Hill). That might be why BYU is often referred to by non-BYU fans as Quarterback U.

Do BYU fans actually think their QB is a legit Heisman candidate every year?... No, of course not. Are our quarterbacks consistently better than the other in-state QBs? Absolutely (with a couple notable exceptions in Chuckie Keaton and Alex Smith).

Cali blue
Coalinga, CA

Tfudd - "Quest for Prefection" wasn't about football. Really interesting how fans in red, while wearing their rose colored glasses, are unable to see.

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