Sunday, November 7, 2010

2010 Heisman Hopefuls XI

Top 10

1. Cameron Newton (QB - Auburn) - The allegations surrounding Newton's acceptance of money to play NCAA football has spurted his passing game. Two weeks ago Newton threw for 209 yards and 2 TDs, along with a completion percentage of 75%. This week he continued the passing dominance with 317 passing yards and 4 passing TDs; Newton also tacked on a rushing TD. Newton is one of the most efficient passers in the nation in addition to being the most dominant rushing quarterback with Denard Robinson. The success of Auburn as the number one ranked, undefeated team can be attributed to his performance.

2. LaMichael James (RB - Oregon) - James has solidified himself as the best running back in the nation. James ran for 239 yards and 3 TDs in a victory vs USC. He followed that performance with 121 rushing yards and 3 TDs vs Washington. James had 3 catches in the game against the Huskies which marks his fourth consecutive week with a reception. James can make himself the most lethal offensive player through the development of the aeriel aspect.

3. Kellen Moore (QB - Boise St.) - Moore has thrown 3 interceptions in the last three weeks which would not be so striking for most Heisman Hopefuls, but is more significant for Moore because he needs to be flawless. Regardless, led the Broncos to a victory against Louisiana Tech two weeks ago as he threw for 298 yards and 2 TDs. Moore had another impressive game against Hawaii in what was supposed to be a shootout but resulted in the Broncos destroying Hawaii. Moore accumulated 507 passing yards and 3 TDs.

4. Andrew Luck (QB - Stanford) - Stanford annihlated Washington two weeks ago. In the sabotage, Luck threw for 192 yards and 1 TD. He added 95 yards and a TD on the ground. Luck led Stanford to another victory against Nick Foles and Arizona this past week. Luck put on an aeriel display as he threw for 293 yards and 2 TDs.

5. John Clay (RB - Wisconsin) - Even after an open week, Clay still appeared not not completely healthy against Purdue as he carried the ball only 12 times; however, Wisconsin was still able to comfortably defeat Purdue. Clay's health will be critical for the Badgers as they face more competent opponents.

6. Terrelle Pryor (QB - Ohio State) - The Buckeyes had a bye this week. Pryor had a great game two weeks ago as he completed 18 of 22 passes (completion percentage of 81.8%). He accumulated 222 passing yards and added 2 TDs. He also was quite effective on the ground as he rushed for 55 yards and1 TD.

7. Kendall Hunter (RB - Oklahoma St.) - Hunter had another spectacular game with 143 rushing yards in a win versus Kansas St two weeks ago. Last week he had a sufficient statistical output with 66 yards and 2 TDs vs Baylor, but he proved to formulate an effective running tandem with fellow backs Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith.

8. Andy Dalton (QB - TCU) - Currently leading an undefeated TCU squad. He has the fourth highest Quarterback rating. Dalton is twelfth in completion percentage. Most importantly, he led the Horned Frogs in a critical in-conference game against Utah as he threw for 355 yards, 3 TDs, and a completion percentage of 80.8% . This performance has helped TCU "leap-frog" Boise St. as the favorite-minor conference team to play in the BCS Championship if one of the teams ahead for them loses.

9. Justin Blackmon (WR - Oklahoma St.) - Blackmon did not  play two weeks ago due to a suspension because of a DUI. The suspension lasted only 1 week and Blackmon was back in form against Baylor with 13 catches for 173 yards and 1 TD.

10. Robert Griffin (QB - Baylor) / Denard Robinson (QB - Michigan) - These are two quarterbacks who are having great statistical season, but both play on three loss teams which hurts their candidacy.

Honorable Mention

QB: Matt Barkley (USC), John Brantley (Florida), Kirk Cousins (Michigan St.), 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), Bryant Moniz (Hawaii), 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), DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma), 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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