Heisman Watch: Fresh face


Heisman Watch: Fresh face

Rank PlayerPositionSchool Recent Game Stats Next game Comment 1 Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford 26-33, 370 yards, 3 TD, INT in 48-7 win over Colorado At Washington State His INT was from a dropped pass that found a Buffalo, and could have had 5 TDs had receivers not been stopped at 1-yard line twice. 2 Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama 19 rush, 107 yards, TD in 34-0 win over Vanderbilt At Ole Miss Didn't put up sexy numbers against the Commodores, but his body of work thus far can't be ignored. He's the most NFL ready RB in country 3 Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin Idle Indiana Spent the past week getting some serioius face time on various sports talk shows because he has made Wisconsin national title worthy 4 Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma 31-50, 367 yards, 3 TD in 55-10 win over 11 Texas at Kansas Breakout game on national TV against ranked team (if you consider Texas worthy of being ranked). He's salivating with the Jayhawks up next. 5 Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor 22-30, 212 yards, TD, 24 rush, 107 rush yards, rush TD in 49-26 win over Iowa State At 21 Texas A&M Iowa State dared him to show his running abilities and he made them pay. He won't win the award, but he should be the second QB taken in 2012 Draft. 6 Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State 24-28, 288 yards, 5 TD in 70-28 win over Kansas At 22 Texas Only played one half and still had those numbers! Did you know he was a 2nd round pick of the NY Yankees in '02, and turns 28 years old this week? 7 Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State 23-31, 254 yards, 3 TD in 57-7 win at Fresno State At Colorado State I had him tied with Luck two weeks ago, but I just don't see him winning it because of how weak the Broncos' schedule is. It's going to take a miracle. 8 Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan 17-26, 337 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT, 25 rush, 117 yards, 2 TD in 42-24 win at Northwestern At 23 Michigan State Over his last five games, he's amassed 1,706 yards and 18 TD but with 9 INT. Check back next week after he plays at the rival Spartans. 9 LaMichael James, RB, Oregon 30 rush, 239 yards, TD in 43-15 win over Cal 18 Arizona State His third straight 200 yard game, but did you see his gruesome elbow injury? Let's hope he is ready to play in the Ducks' showdown with the Sun Devils. 10 Case Keenum, QB, Houston 30-37, 304 yards, 3 TD in 56-3 win over East Carolina Idle, then Marshall The 6th-year senior moved into 2nd place on the NCAA all-time passing yards list, and is third on the all-time touchdown passes list. The Cougars are also ranked.

Report: Holliday's no-trade clause with Yankees only covers A's

Report: Holliday's no-trade clause with Yankees only covers A's

Matt Holliday spent the first half of the 2009 season in Oakland.

Apparently, he has no desire to return.

In his one-year, $13 million contract with the Yankees that was finalized on Wednesday, Holliday has a limited no-trade clause that protects him from being traded to only the A's, according to SB Nation.

Holliday was acquired by the A's following the 2008 season for Carlos Gonzalez, Huston Street and Greg Smith.

But he only played in 93 games with the A's before they dealt him to St. Louis for Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen and Shane Peterson.

The 37-year-old spent the last seven full seasons with the Cardinals.

Kuiper has been told to expect many boring ninth innings from Melancon

Kuiper has been told to expect many boring ninth innings from Melancon

Over the last three seasons, nobody has registered more saves than new Giants closer Mark Melancon.

The three-time All-Star is 131 for 141 in save opportunities over that span.

Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper spoke with Nationals broadcaster F.P. Santangelo about what Melancon brings to the table.

"Mike (Krukow) and I both talked to F.P. and he basically said, 'He's boring. The ninth inning is boring.' And we were like, 'Really? Wow. We haven't seen that in awhile.' So a boring ninth inning would be good for everybody," Kuiper said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday. "Our fans, it would certainly be good for our manager and pitching coach because those two guys had to wear it."

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The Giants blew 30 saves in 2016 -- the most in baseball -- and Giants GM Bobby Evans made it very clear from the moment the season ended that adding a closer was the team's top priority.

San Francisco is confident assimilating Melancon won't be an issue.

He looks like one of those guys who will fit into the clubhouse immediately," Kuiper said.