Dark Horse Heisman Candidates Who Must Shine in Week 1

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Dark Horse Heisman Candidates Who Must Shine in Week 1
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It's difficult for a dark-horse Heisman candidate to win the award. They're climbing an uphill battle while competing against players who receive all of the media attention and play on all of the prestigious teams.

But recently, underdogs have done a nice job of winning the Heisman. Nobody knew who Johnny Manziel was in the beginning of the season. Robert Griffin III had a little hype, but very few were taking him seriously when the season began. It even took Cam Newton a while before folks started to believe a JUCO transfer was really that good.

Getting off to a quick start is the best way to enter the Heisman spotlight.

With the season soon to kick off, there are a couple of SEC players and an ACC running back who must shine this weekend.

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