Ryan has Eagles flying high; LSU's Jackson debuts on board

Boston College's Matt Ryan, my current frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, has moved to the top of the senior class at the quarterback position, moving ahead of Louisville's Brian Brohm and Kentucky's Andre' Woodson.

Originally Published: October 10, 2007
By Mel Kiper Jr. |
Quarterback Matt Ryan has helped lead the Boston College Eagles to a 6-0 start heading into Saturday's game at Notre Dame. Although there are still two months left in the season, Ryan currently is my front-runner for the Heisman. However, Ryan and the Eagles will be tested over the next six weeks with conference road games against Virginia Tech, Clemson and Maryland.

Chevis Jackson
Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesChevis Jackson has two interceptions and six pass breakups for the 6-0 Tigers.
The one newcomer this week is LSU cornerback Chevis Jackson, the third defensive player from the Tigers on the Big Board. Jackson has terrific ball skills, supports the run well and has had a solid and consistent career in Baton Rouge. The key for Jackson solidifying a place in the first round of next April's NFL draft will boil down to how well he runs at the combine and during individual testing.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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