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Pac-10 Heisman, Week 10

In addition to the SB Nation Pac-10 Power Poll, the bloggers representing the Pac-10 on SBN have decided to team up to vote weekly for a mythical "Pac-10 Heisman" winner. Each week we'll derive a Top 3; here's that list for this week:

  1. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State - The 5'7" freshman earned sixty overall points and picked up three first place nominations in the inaugural week of Pac-10 Heisman voting. The Pac-10 conference's rushing leader also ranks tenth nationally, and is averaging 118 yards per game. He's only rushed for under 100 yards three times this season, and he picked up 133 yards in his last week against Arizona State. This week, he'll face the Pac-10's eighth worst rushing defense in UCLA, who gives up an average of 189 yards per game on the ground. Only Washington and Washington State are worse. 43231717_medium


  2. Mark Sanchez, QB, USC - Mark Sanchez became the leading passer in the Pac-10 conference after OSU QB Lyle Moevao was sidelined against Arizona State due to injury after only throwing for 43 yards. Sanchez does lead the Pac-10, but hardly cracks the Top 25 nationally in most passing statistics. Sanchez has thrown for over 200 yards five times already this season, and has gone over 300 yards twice. The UW secondary held him to 167 yards last week, but he attempted only 19 passes. This week, he'll be tested by Cal's mediocre secondary that ranks sixth in the Pac-10. Cal's secondary held Masoli to under 100, but gave up lots of yards to Kevin Craft and Willie Tuitama. 
  3. Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford - The Beavers felt the wrath of Gerhart Week 1, and we've done a good job of forgetting about him since. Toby is still doing damage on Pac-10 defenses, as he ranks third in the conference with just over 100 yards per week. Toby has helped Stanford's rushing attack become one of the most potent in the Pac-10. He likely will break the 1,000 yard threshold this week against the Ducks.
The overall voting:

Rank Player Points
1 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, OSU 60 (3)
2 Mark Sanchez, QB, USC 45 (1)
3 Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford 25 (1)
4 Willie Tuitama, QB, Arizona 10
T5 Jahvid Best, RB, Cal 5
T5 Nick Reed, DE, Oregon 5

Fifteen points were awareded for a first place vote, ten for a second place, and five for a third.