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Two of our five Heisman candidates teams lost last week (South Carolina, Baylor), which means we are looking at a completely different list this week.
1. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Last Week: 29 carries, 181 yards, 2 TD’s
Season: 96 carries, 622 yards, 10 TD’s
In Richardson’s last four games he has rushed for at least 111 yards. In three of his last four games he has rushed for more than 125 yards and two touchdowns. Richardson had a terrible opening week, but since then has been the best player in the country. I still believe that Marcus Lattimore is the best running back in the country, but right now no one is hotter than Trent Richardson.
Nov. 5 when the Tide host LSU will go a long way to deciding if Richardson is the second Alabama player in three years to be awarded the Heisman trophy.
2. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Last Week: 23-27, 227 yards, 3 TD’s
Season: 80-112, 1013, 11 TD’s 1 INT
It seems like each week Andrew Luck is getting a little bit better. This week, Luck connected on 85.2 percent of his passes as Stanford crushed UCLA 45-19. Often times we criticize players who pass on the draft to come back to school, well to this point it looks like coming back for another year was the right decision. Not only does Stanford look like a legitimate title contender, but Luck has a great shot of winning the Heisman and still being the top pick in next years draft.
3. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
Last Week: 14-20, 255 yards, 2 TD’s
Season: 83-111, 1391 yards, 13 TD’s, 1 INT
Through five weeks you could argue that Russell Wilson is the most important player to his team in the entire country. The only reason Wisconsin is considered a national title contender is because of the play of Wilson.
Wilson is completing 74.8 percent of his passes, which is a career high. Wisconsin has always been a run first type of team, but now that they have Wilson they are much more balanced and have been one of the best offenses in college football. The Big Ten is not very good so it is safe to say Wilson will continue to put up solid numbers.
If Wisconsin is able to run the table than Wilson could make things very interesting when it comes time to cast everyone’s ballot for the Heisman.
4. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
Last Week: 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 touchdown
Season: 36 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 INT
Only one other cornerback has won the Heisman Trophy and that was Charles Woodson in 1997. That year Woodson led Michigan to an undefeated season something that Mathieu could also do for LSU. There is no question Mathieu is the best defensive player in the country on what might be the best defensive in the country as well.
Seeing as how Woodson is the only true defensive player to win the Heisman, the road to the Heisman will be difficult for Mathieu. Not only does he have to play at an exceptional level, but LSU needs to go undefeated and he also needs the guys in front of him to slip up.
5. Robert Woods, WR, USC
Last Week: 14 rec, 255 yards, 2 TD’s
Season: 55 rec, 747 yards, 6 TD’s
Robert Woods leads the country in receiving yards, is tied for first in receptions and is tied for third in touchdowns, yet it seems like no one talks about him. Woods has went over 100 receiving yards in four of his five games and had at least eight receptions in every game.
Woods has been the best receiver in the country to this point, a statement that is mighty impressive seeing as how so many receivers are have excellent seasons. With Matt Barkley throwing him the ball Woods should walk home with at least the Biletnikoff Award (Best Receiver), however he is a long shot to win the Heisman.