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It’s hard to believe that we are already at the half way point of the college football season. The race for the Heisman is heating up and now is when players make their case for the trophy. To this point there has only been two surprises in my eyes for potential Heisman candidates, Russell Wilson and Tyrann Mathieu. Both are legitimate candidates to take home the hardware after beginning the season on no one’s radar.
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Last Week: 26-33, 370 yards, 3 TD’s, 1 INT
Season: 106-145, 1383 yards, 14 TD’s, 2 INT
Andrew Luck is putting together an amazing season. Thank God for him, because if Luck even had one small hiccup or got hurt everyone and their brother would have second guessed him for passing on last year’s NFL draft. Through five games Luck ranks sixth in the country in completion percentage, tied for 17th in touchdown passes and third in quarterback rating. At this point the only thing standing in the way of Andrew Luck and a Heisman is the Oregon Ducks.
2. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Last Week: 19 carries, 107 yards, 1 TD
Season: 115 carries, 729 yards, 11 TD
Alabama cruised to a 34-0 victory, so they did not have to rely to heavily on Richardson. Richardson has established himself as the best player in the best country in America so that certainly has to count for something right? The problem for Richardson is that he is competing against Andrew Luck. To sum it up Andrew Luck is Mario and Richardson is Luigi, no matter what he does it won’t be good enough to surpass Luck.
If, however Richardson were to rush for say 150 yards and two touchdowns against LSU, well then that would make things very interesting, but that is a big if.
3. Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor
Last Week: 22-30, 212 yards, 1 TD, 24 carries, 107 yards, 1 TD
Season: 114-142, 1520 yards, 19 TD’s, 1 INT
Griffin rebounded nicely after Baylor’s loss to Kansas State by combining for 319 yards of offense and two touchdowns. At this point we know Griffin is going to put up impressive numbers week in and week out, the question now is will Baylor win enough games to get Griffin to New York City? His numbers warrant and invitation to this point as he is 19th in the country in passing yards, first in completion percentage, first in touchdown passes and second in quarterback rating.
4. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
Last Week: BYE
Season: 83-111, 1391 yards, 13 TD’s, 1 INT
The schedule sets up favorably for Wilson and the Badgers. They play host to Indiana before back-to-back road games against Michigan State and Ohio State. Wilson has to be one of the biggest shockers of the 2011 season. He has the Badgers ranked fourth in the country and is hands down the Big Ten Player of the Year. Which just two of their final seven games coming against ranked opponents, Wilson could become a dark horse candidate for the Heisman.
5. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
Last Week: 6 tackles, 1 INT
Season: 42 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 INT’s
I don’t think Mathieu can win the Heisman, but I do think he could make it interesting. Again Charles Woodsen is the only true defensive player to win the award so Mathieu has a tough mountain to climb. Can he do it? Sure, but his numbers are going to have to be eye popping and he will need a little bit of luck.