Only one week has been played, so it is too early to eliminate any Big East players from the running for the Heisman. Two players stood out from the weekend:
Ray Graham, RB, Pitt. Graham had 201 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Buffalo. It was the second-highest rushing total among all FBS running backs and the second time he ran for 200 yards in his career. If he keeps up this pace, and the Panthers keep winning, people will have to take notice. But that is not so unusual. Dion Lewis went into last season with some Heisman hype only to fall flat.
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. Smith probably ran more than coach Dana Holgorsen would have liked to see, but that was only because he was escaping a serious pass rush. He was the star of the game, going 26-of-35 for 249 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters of work. Anybody who watched the game saw what makes him a special player. He made the right decisions on when to tuck the ball away and run. He got out of the pocket and threw across his body for completed passes several times. He threaded his passes to receivers beautifully, and got plenty of guys involved. Nine different players had receptions. It was a good first start in the new offense.