Heisman Race 2012: Power Ranking Importance of Each Contender to Their Team

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Heisman Race 2012: Power Ranking Importance of Each Contender to Their Team
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A Heisman Trophy winner must do more than simply produce. He must be invaluable, transcend his team and stand out from every other elite player in the country.

Being the most important player on your team shouldn't seal anyone's Heisman bid, but it must play a factor. Take Robert Griffin III off of Baylor's team last season, and what did you have? Not a whole lot, and that has to be taken into consideration each and every year.

The following five slides don't lay out the trophy's contenders in order, but they do gauge who means the most to their squad. Some players fit so seamlessly into a dynamic system that the team would barely blink without them. Others are the team, doing anything and everything to earn a win every Saturday.

Let's power rank the importance of my top five Heisman Trophy contenders to their teams.

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