By now, most college football fans know who the favorites are to win the Heisman Trophy this year. Some of the names you may hear as potential finalists are USC quarterback Matt Barkley, Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson or maybe even Wisconsin running back Montee Ball.
Over the last two seasons though, the Heisman "favorites" have not walked away with the award. Last season, Baylor's Robert Griffin III was a popular player who had lots of potential, but not many looked at him as a potential finalist for the Heisman. Griffin went on to win the Heisman and become the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Two years ago, most people did not even know who junior college transfer Cam Newton was. Newton went on to have a sensational year. He led the Auburn Tigers to the National Championship, was selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft and, of course, won the Heisman Trophy.
So before you say that players like Barkley, Jones, Robinson or Ball are locks to be in New York receiving the Heisman Trophy in December, think again. There are many explosive players in college football who could find themselves lifting up the coveted Heisman Trophy at the end of the regular season.
Here are three of those players that may surprise you this season.