Monday, November 22, 2010

2010 Heisman Hopefuls XIII

Top 8

1. Cameron Newton (QB - Auburn) - Auburn did not play last week which gives Newton and the Tigers an extra week to prepare for a showdown with Alabama.

2. LaMichael James (RB - Oregon) - Like Auburn, Oregon had the week off too. James and the Ducks have a big week coming up against Arizona on Friday.

3. Kellen Moore (QB - Boise St.) - The Boise St. Broncos did play last week. Moore helped lead the Broncos to an absolute dismantaling of Fresno St. Moore threw for 333 yards and 4 TDs. Moore now leads the nation in quarterback rating, is tied for fourth for passing TDs, and third in completion percentage. Like the other top candidates, Moore has an important in-conference game too. Boise St. will be taking on 19th ranked Nevada which has become a surprise game that could bolster Boise St.'s BCS bid if won.

4. Andrew Luck (QB - Stanford) - Luck finished Saturday's victory at California with a completion percentage of 80%. He also threw for 235 yards and 2 TDs. On top of that he broke out for 75 yards which included an exhilerating 58 yard run in the first quarter which featured Luck knocking down a defensive back.

5. Terrelle Pryor (QB - Ohio State) - Pryor helped carry Ohio State to a close victory over Iowa. Pryor threw for 195 yards and 1 TD passed. He added 78 yards on the ground. The Buckeyes conclude the season this week against Michigan.

6. Justin Blackmon (WR - Oklahoma St.) - Blackmon caught 10 passes for 130 yards and a TD. Blackmon seems to have taken the torch for being the best WR in the Big 12; to be compared to Michael Crabtree and Dez Bryant sets a tremendous standard for Blackmon that many believe he can live up to.

7. Kendall Hunter (RB - Oklahoma St.) - Hunter had a solid game against Kansas last week as he rushed for 105 yards. The Cowboys are approaching a big game this week against rival Oklahoma.

8. Andy Dalton (QB - TCU) - Dalton and the Horned Frogs did not play last week.

Honorable Mention

QB: Matt Barkley (USC), Kirk Cousins (Michigan St.), Robert Griffin III (Baylor), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Colin Kaepernick (Nevada), Ryan Mallett (Arkansas), Taylor Martinez (Nebraska), Bryant Moniz (Hawaii), Taylor Potts (Texas Tech), Denard Robinson (Michigan), and Ricky Stanzi (Iowa)

RB: Edwin Baker (Michigan St.), John Clay (Wisconsin), Mark Ingram (Alabama), Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina), DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma), Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon St.), and Daniel Thomas (Kansas St.)

WR: Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma)

High Tide & Deep Water

Jonathan Baldwin (WR - Pittsburgh), Ralph Bolden (RB - Purdue), John Brantley (QB - Florida), Graig Cooper (RB - Miami-FL), Noel Devine (RB - WVU), Nick Foles (QB - Arizona), Jacory Harris (QB - Miami-FL), Case Keenum (QB - Houston), Michael Floyd (WR - Notre Dame), Tate Forcier (QB - Michigan), A.J. Green (WR - Georgia), Damaris Johnson (WR - Tulsa), Julio Jones (WR - Alabama), Dion Lewis (RB - Pittsburgh), Jake Locker (QB - Washington), Jeremiah Masoli (QB - Mississippi), Greg McElroy (QB - Alabama), Patrick Peterson (CB/KR - LSU), Christian Ponder (QB - Florida St.), James Rodgers (WR - Oregon St.), Evan Royster (RB - Penn St.), Tyrod Taylor (QB - Virginia Tech), and Ryan Williams (RB - Virginia Tech)

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