Thursday, September 16, 2010

2010 Heisman Hopefuls V

This week will be broken down into Tiers. There has been an absense by players expected to compete for the Heisman while there has been several worthy candidates to hot starts so far. The tiers are Preseason Hopefuls (players who were expected to preform but have not played up to expectations - or played at all), Early Season Hopefuls (players who have had good starts and were considerable Heisman candidates), Elite Hopefuls (players who were expected to play well and have played well), and Honorable Mention. Hopefully, we will have a better picture of the Heisman Hopeful rankings after next week. Expect some major shake-ups in the rankings next week (or at least a solidification of previous rankings).

Elite Hopefuls

LaMichael James (RB - Oregon) - James had a solid return against Tennessee after missing the first game of the year due to suspension.
Case Keenum (QB - Houston)
Jake Locker (QB - Washington) - Locker is on the cusp after a disappointing Week 1 but more impressuve Week 2.
Kellen Moore (QB - Boise St.) - Moore is the clear-cut number one right now.
Terrelle Pryor (QB - Ohio State)

Preseason Hopefuls

Dion Lewis (RB - Pittsburgh) Mark Ingram (RB - Alabama) -First game will be this week against Duke.
Ryan Williams (RB - Virginia Tech)
Early Season Hopefuls

John Clay (RB - Wisconsin)
Noel Devine (RB - WVU)
Kendall Hunter (RB - Oklahoma St.)
Landry Jones (QB - Oklahoma)
Andrew Luck (QB - Stanford)
Ryan Mallett (QB - Arkansas)
Greg McElroy (QB - Alabama)
DeMarco Murray (RB - Oklahoma)
Taylor Potts (QB - Texas Tech)
Denard Robinson (QB - Michigan)

Honorable Mention

QB: Matt Barkley (USC), John Brantley (Florida), Andy Dalton (TCU), Jacory Harris (Miami-FL), Christian Ponder (Florida St.), Ricky Stanzi (Iowa), and Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech)

RB: Ralph Bolden (Purdue), Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina), and Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon St.), and Evan Royster (Penn St.)

WR: Jonathan Baldwin (Pittsburgh), Michael Flyod (Notre Dame), A.J. Green (Georgia), Damaris Johnson (Tulsa), Julio Jones (Alabama), and James Rodgers (Oregon St.)

High Tide & Deep Water

Graig Cooper (RB - Miami-FL), Tate Forcier (QB - Michigan), & Jeremiah Masoli (QB - Mississippi)

Spotlight Players

James Madison Dukes - The upset by the FCS squad in against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg puts an incredbile burden upon the Hokies. Turnovers were key for the Dukes. JMU did not turnover the ball once; due in part to a couple of recovered fumbles by teammates. An interception by Jonathan Williams led to a touchdown, and the final turnover (Darren Evans fumble) helped seal the game for the Dukes as they were able to run off the clock; JMU literally ran the ball from 5:21 in the fourth quarter to 0:13 at which a silly penalty of Roughing the Kicker by VT allowed JMU to close the game off.

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