Here is the progression of Tha 1's Heisman candidacy:
DeSean Jackson started the season as a Heisman candidate. He was not one of the favorites to win because of his position (wide receivers rarely win the award) and his location (west coast school, non-USC) but his playmaking skills and athletic ability kept him in the conversation.
He started the season out great with a spectacular punt return against Tennessee that was seen by everybody in the nation.
Against Colorado St, he had one electrifying run to keep his buzz alive.
There were two down game against La Tech and Arizona that pushed Tha1 nearly out of Heisman contention.
Jackson placed himself right back in the Heisman race with a career day against Oregon. That was his most complete game of good numbers and memorable plays
Helping Jackson was the implosion of other highly touted candidates:
Pat White/Steve Slaton - sorry but you guys had to run the table in the Big East
John David Booty - Washington and Stanfurd games were uninspiring
Colt Brennan - 5 Ints in 1 game. Out.
Those still in the race
Darren McFadden - putting up good numbers but nobody is watching Arkansas games.
Tim Tebow - Superman effort in loss to LSU, but a sophomore has never won the award
Matt Ryan - If playing for Cal is a Heisman disadvantage, playing for BC has got to be worse
In what is probably the most open Heisman race we have seen in a while, Tha1 can wrap up this award by doing the following:
Do this against Arizona St. or UCLA on national TV
Do this against USC near the end of the season