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The 2011 season is now over and it is time to predict who will take home the Heisman trophy. This year was one of the craziest years for the Heisman because there were a handful of players that could have taken home the award.
Without further ado the final Heisman standings:
1. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Season: 263 carries, 1,583 yards, 23 total TDs
Richardson did not get a chance to play in the SEC Championship, but he will get another shot at LSU in the national championship. Richardson was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and rushed for over 100 yards in nine of the Tide’s 12 games.
Robert Griffin III has been making a late push, but Richardson is the best player on a team looking for their second championship in three years.
2. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Season: 267-369, 3,998 yards, 36 TDs, 6 INTs
RG3 is considered the front runner for the Heisman trophy.
He put together an amazing season and if you took him off Baylor, then Baylor is probably a three win team. The only reason I don’t have RG3 winning the Heisman is because he lost three games. Now those three losses can primarily be pinned on his defense, but nonetheless Heisman trophy winners don’t come from three loss teams.
3. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Season: 261-373, 3,170 yards, 35 TDs, 9 INTs
Andrew Luck entered the season as the overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman trophy. Unfortunately his final season at Stanford did not go as smoothly as most people thought.
Despite putting up solid numbers, the game against Oregon will prevent Luck from winning the Heisman. His two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown cost him the Heisman. Luck shouldn’t hang his head though because he is most likely going to be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft.
4. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Season: 275 carries, 1,759 yards, 38 total TDs
Montee Ball sits one touchdown behind Barry Sanders all-time mark of 39 touchdowns in one season. His four touchdowns in the Big Ten championship earned him and the Badgers the right to play Oregon in the Rose Bowl. There is a very good chance Ball breaks Sanders record, but it should be noted that Sanders set the record in 11 games, where Ball will have played 14.
5. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
Season: 71 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 INTs, 6 forced fumbles
The Honey Badger’s play in the SEC championship catapulted him into the final five of the Heisman. His 62-yard punt return for a touchdown opened the game up against Georgia.
There is no question that Mathieu is a playmaker and arguably the best defensive player in the country. With that said I would have ranked Matt Barkley ahead of him.