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Were now through four weeks of college football and this is about the time we start to see players solidify their position as a Heisman candidate. Once again I have reshuffled my Heisman standings, this time due to a loss. Remember it’s not just about individual statistics, but how your team performs during the year.
With that said here is our week four Heisman standings.
1. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Stat Line: 20 carries, 150 total yards, 2 total TD
Season: 107 carries, 611 yards, 8 TD
Lattimore did not have his best day rushing, but nonetheless he was still able to total 150 yards and two touchdowns. Lattimore struggled to find running room all day against Vanderbilt, averaging 3.9 yards-per-carry. Where Lattimore was able to hurt the Commodores was in the receiving game. Lattimore caught three balls for 73 yards and a touchdown.
One of those receptions was a 52-yard catch that put South Carolina up 14-3 — putting the game out of reach. Lattimore is now second in the country in rushing, but due to the fact that he gets so many carries he is a good bet to finish the season leading the nation in rushing.
2. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
Stat Line: 23-29, 279 yards, 4 TD’s
Season: 83-105, 995 yards, 12 TD’s, 2 INT’s
All Kellen Moore does week in and week out is produce. Once again Moore had a great game this time coming against Tulsa as he powered Boise State to an easy victory. Moore is completing 79 percent of his passes this season — his career best is 71.3 percent.
So far Moore has quieted everyone who said their would be a dip in production now that Austin Pettis and Titus Young moved on to the NFL. Despite the weak schedule, if Moore continues to put up numbers at this pace it will be hard for people to not give him the Heisman.
3. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Stat Line: 29-33, 338 yards, 5 TD’s
Season: 70-82, 962 yards, 13 TD’s, 0 INT’s
Robert Griffin has more touchdowns (13) than incompletions (12). If that doesn’t scream Heisman than nothing will. He leads the country in quarterback rating at 236.2 and has also rushed for 167 yards. Griffin has become a pass first quarterback who can also beat you on the run. It is going to be tough for Griffin to win the Heisman as Baylor still has to play at Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and home against Oklahoma.
4. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
Stat Line: 23 carries, 288 yards, 2 TD’s
Season: 65 carries, 613 yards, 7 TD’s
Rushing for 288 yards is one way to get onto our Heisman list. Last weeks performance by James now makes him the leading rusher in the country with 613 yards, even more impressive his the fact that he is averaging 9.4 yards-per-carry. James certainly has a chance to win the Heisman at the end of the year. For him it all depends on how Marcus Lattimore does.
If James finishes with better numbers and if South Carolina loses than James could be the favorite. The good news for James is Oregon has a very favorable schedule going forward with their only tough game Nov. 12 at Stanford.
5. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Stat Line: Bye
Season: 57-85, 786 yards, 8 TD’s, 1 INT
For Andrew Luck to win the Heisman, Stanford will have to go undefeated. And that is very possible. Expect Luck to really go on a hot streak in the next month as Stanford plays UCLA, Colorado, Washington State and Washington. By the time Stanford plays Oregon in November
Luck’s stat line could look something like 27 touchdowns and four interceptions. If Stanford gets by Oregon then we might as just hand him the Heisman in his post game interview.