Thursday, September 23, 2010

2010 Heisman Hopefuls VI

Top 10

1. Kellen Moore (QB - Boise St.) - Moore threw for 370 yards and 2 touchdowns against Wyoming in three quarters. Moore will have another opporunity to showcase himself on national television when the Broncos take on the Oregon St. Beavers. This game is critical out-of-conference game for Boise St. because of their relatively weaker in-conference schedule. A victory, especially by a wide margain, would be extremely helpful the Broncos and Moore.

2. Mark Ingram (RB - Alabama) - In his first game this season, Ingram ran for 151 yards and 2 TDs on 9 carries. Most of Ingram's damage was done in the first quarter when he had one carry for 48 yards and another carry for 50 yards which culminated in a TD. Ingram doesn't seem to have missed a step after his injury.

3. Terrelle Pryor (QB - Ohio State) - By staying consistent, Pryor has managed to creep up the Heisman Hopefuls Standings. The development of Pryor's ability to become a more efficient passer has made him one of the most dangerous players in college football considering his atheleticism and mobility.

4. LaMichael James (RB - Oregon) - James has proved to be back to form after missing the first game of the season due to suspension. This time James ran for 227 yards and 2 TDs against Portland State. James averaged 16.2 yards per carry which nearly doubled his 8.4 yards per carry performance against Tennessee last week. If James can continue to average a first down per carry, then we may see one of the most memorable seasons in college football history.

5. Ryan Mallett (QB - Arkansas) - Mallett is the only Quarterback to throw for over 1,000 yards in the FBS. Mallett has also completed an impressive 70.0% of his passes. Mallett was able to lead Arkansas to a victory over Georgia in the Razorbacks' first real test of the season. Now the Razorbacks are going to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in a games which will have major implication on both the BCS and the Heisman Standings.

6. Denard Robinson (QB - Michigan) - Robinson leads the nation in rushing and has led the Wolverines to key victories over UConn and Notre Dame.

7. Andrew Luck (QB - Stanford) - Luck has thrown 10 passing touchdowns this season. More impressively, he has managed to stay interception free. With a passer rating of 192.31, Luck has shown to be one of the best decision-making Quarterbacks in college football.

8. DeMarco Murray (RB - Oklahoma) - Murrary rushed for 2 TDs for the third consecutive game this season. Murray also caught a TD for the first time this season which brings him to a total of 7. These next two weeks will be critical for Murray and the Sooners as they take on Cincinnati and Texas.

T-9. Ryan Williams (RB - Virginia Tech) & Dion Lewis (RB - Pittsburgh) - Williams and Lewis are simply hanging on by expectations. Williams and VT are up against Boston College this week while Lewis will have the opportunity to make a national statement against Miami(FL) on Thursday night. There are player more deserving of Heisman consideration, so each player must deliver if he wants to remain in the Top 10.

Honorable Mention

QB: Matt Barkley (USC), John Brantley (Florida), Andy Dalton (TCU), Nick Foles (Arizona), Jacory Harris (Miami-FL), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Jake Locker (Washington), Greg McElroy (Alabama), Christian Ponder (Florida St.), Taylor Potts (Texas Tech), Ricky Stanzi (Iowa), and Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech)

RB: Ralph Bolden (Purdue), John Clay (Wisconsin), Noel Devine (WVU), Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma St.), Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina), Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon St.), Evan Royster (Penn St.), and Daniel Thomas (RB - Kansas St.)

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

Other: Patrick Peterson (CB/KR - LSU)

High Tide & Deep Water

Case Keenum (QB - Houston) - Out for Season with torn ACL.

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

Spotlight Players

Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon (OKST) - This QB-WR duo accumulated 174 yards and 3 TDs from Weeden to Blackmon. Weeden passed for a total of 409 yards and 6 TDs. These two are showing that the Cowboys offense has been revived to its 2008 form when Zac Robinson, Dez Bryant, and (a healthy) Kendall Hunter led one of the most dynamic schemes in college football.

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