Friday, January 22, 2010

2010 Heisman Hopefuls I

Here is a quick preview on next season's (2010) Heisman Candidates. No freshmen have been include because they are unpredictable (as the unexpectedly excellent performance by Dion Lewis this year).

Top 10

1. Mark Ingram (RB - Alabama) - It would be bold to doubt this experience, returning offense.

2. Dion Lewis (RB - Pittsburgh) - Lewis can open the door for Pitt as Cincy has lost several key components of their program.

3. Kellen Moore (QB - Boise St.) - Will be leading possibly thee most dynamic offense in college football.

4. Ryan Williams (RB - Virginia Tech) - Expect a similar performance to his freshman campaign if he receives as many carries; however, his carries may be significantly reduced with all of the talent expected to be available in the Hokie backfield next season.

5. LaMichael James (RB - Oregon) - James sprung to the stage after injuries and an altercation made him the lead back. Let's see what he can do going into the season as the lead back.

6. Case Keenum (QB - Houston) - Stats. Stats. Great preplay management. Stats. Houston has the ability to crack the top of polls as long as they don't succumb to less challenging opponents as the team did last year.

7. A.J. Green (WR- Georgia) - All of the nation is waiting for one of the nation's most highly recruited players (from a few years back) and a possible Top 10 pick to break-out for an entire season on the college stage.

8. Jacquizz Rodgers (RB - Oregon St.) - Expectations are high for Quizz and his brother James next season. It will come of no surprise to anyone if Quizz zooms up the Heisman Hopeful standings early in the season.

9. Julio Jones (WR - Alabama) - Similar situation to A.J. Green except he will not be the primary focus on defenses which could transition to a highly productive season.

10. Jeremiah Masoli (QB - Oregon) - Masoli is a dual passing and rushing threat who will try to lead a formidable team to another Pac-10 title.

Honorable Mention

QB: Matt Barkley (USC), John Brantley (Florida), Tate Forcier (Michigan), Jacory Harris (Miami-FL), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Greg McElroy (Alabama), Taylor Potts (Texas Tech), Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State), and Ricky Stanzi (Iowa)

RB: Ralph Bolden (Purdue), Noel Devine (WVU), Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma St.), Ryan Mathews (Fresno St.), and Evan Royster (Penn St.)

WR:  Jonathan Baldwin (Pittsburgh), Damaris Johnson (Tulsa), and James Rodgers (Oregon St.) 

High Tide & Deep Water

Graig Cooper (RB - Miami-FL) - Cooper is likely to be out for the season with a torn ACL. His presence will be missed.


Tags: college football, deep water, heisman candidates, heisman hopefuls, high tide, honorable mention, ncaa, spotlight players, 2010, 2010-2011


  1. I think Brantley is going to get it done this year. Heisman Trophy and a National Championship!

  2. The Best player in College Football Is Andrew Luck, end of story

  3. john clay? b10 player of the year as a sophomore

  4. Ponder doesn't make the list?

  5. Terrelle Pryor without question is number two on the list and also what about jacory harris is in the top 10 along with john clay

  6. matt barkley as honorable mention? wheres jake locker. the only reason some of these guys are on here is because they play for powerhouse football teams. if we are looking at terms of the best football player, i think jake locker is on there. but you obviously dont think that way.

  7. This Article is obsolete. Check out my Archives for the update which will most likely quash some of your outrage.

    As for Christian Ponder, he definitely has the size and abilities to be an NFL QB. I remember watching him and Jacory Harris leading each leading his respective offense down the field when the game was close in the fourth quarter. Ponder led his team in the two-minute offense with great poise; however, he could not finish the Hurricanes off after the final pass of the game was dropped as time expired.

    Ponder is a fine QB but Completion Percentage is not the determining factor on whether a player is a Heisman Hopeful.

  8. WHOA WHOA WHOA!!! Hey yall are forgetting somebody!!!! Maybe Jerrod Johnson out of Texas A&M. He had 3579 passing yards last year. School record! 30 tds. He is a team leader. Only two years ago the Ags were 4-8 now they are looking at a possible 8-0 start. Why? Because of JAY-ROD!! Is that not a heisman winner my people?!?

  9. This article is bogus. Ryan Mallet of Arkansas is the best QB in the country period. How could he have been left off the Heisman list???