Tuesday, October 26, 2010

2010 Heisman Hopefuls X

Top 10

1. Cameron Newton (QB - Auburn) - Auburn is the number 1 team in the nation in all of the polls and rankings. Much of this success can be attributed to the explosive run game propelled by Cam Newton. Newton helped the Tigers beat SEC-Tiger-foe LSU this past weekend as he rushed for 217 yards and 2 TDs.

2. LaMichael James (RB - Oregon) - James has been one of the only consistent players at the top of the Heisman standings. He had another prolific game as he rushed for 123 yards and 2 TDs. An added dimension to his game appears to be the receiving game as he added another lengthy reception to his season. James is one of the focal reasons that Oregon is the #2 team in the nation.

3. Kellen Moore (QB - Boise St.) - Moore started out as the front-runner, but his lackluster opponents have led Moore to fall without extraordinarily lopsided performances. Moore is going to have to rely on Nevada and QB Colin Kaepernick to maintain credibility to help give Moore one last push at the end of the season (as well as one more contention for the Broncos to be a BCS Championship team).

4. Andrew Luck (QB - Stanford) - Luck continued his display of efficiency with a completion percentage of 71.4% on 190 passing yards and 3 TDs.

5. John Clay (RB - Wisconsin) - Wisconsin won its first game when John Clay failed to eclipse the 100 yard mark for a game. Clay came close with 91 yards, but more importantly he contributed 2 TDs in a critical Big Ten victory against Iowa.

6. Justin Blackmon (WR - Oklahoma St.) - Blackmon is the nation's leading receiving as he is part of one of the most prolific offenses in the nation. He had another impressive game in which two of his five catches went for touchdowns. Blackmon also accumulated 157 yards; however, this performance came in the Cowboys first loss of the season to Nebraska.

7. Terrelle Pryor (QB - Ohio State) - The Buckeyes demolished Purdue this weekend. As opposed to previous games in which Pryor was a substantial running force, most of Pryor's damage came through the air as he threw for 270 yards and 3 TDs. Surprisingly, Pryor was quite efficient with a completion percentage of  72.7%. All his productivity lead to a 12.3 yards per attempt ration.

8.  Denard Robinson (QB - Michigan) - Robinson is losing momentum almost as quickly as he gained it earlier in the season. A bye week is a bit of a burden on his resume as other players are having impressive games against formidable in-conference opponents.

9.  Kendall Hunter (RB - Oklahoma St.) - Hunter had a big game in an unfortunate loss to Nebraska. In an offensive showdown, Hunter rushed for 201 yards and 2 TDs. Hunter seems to have returned to his 2008 status as he is currently the thrid leading rusher in the nation.

10. DeMarco Murray (RB - Oklahoma) - Oklahoma had offensive Line issues in a tough loss to Missouri. Murray seemed nonexistent at times which placed a strain on the Sooners.

Honorable Mention

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

RB: Edwin Baker (Michigan St.), Ralph Bolden (Purdue), Noel Devine (WVU), Mark Ingram (Alabama), Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina), Dion Lewis (Pittsburgh), Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon St.), Evan Royster (Penn St.), Daniel Thomas (Kansas St.), and Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech)

WR: Jonathan Baldwin (Pittsburgh), Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma), 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

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

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