The Next Heisman Hopeful: Dion Lewis

Andrew WinnContributor IDecember 26, 2009

PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 16:  Dion Lewis #28 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers runs against the the Rutgers University Scarlett Knights on October 16, 2009 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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He rushed for 1,640 yards and 16 touchdowns. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry. He is just a freshman. He is Dion.

Dion Lewis, the freshman from Blair Academy was Big East Offensive and Rookie of the year. He set the Big East freshman record for rushing yards this year. He will definitely be a candidate for the Heisman.

I got a chance to see Dion play last year when I visited my brother at Blair Academy. While watching the game, everyone could see that Lewis was just such a dominant presence that no one could stop him. In the 2007 rivalry "Peddie Day", he rushed for 245 yards and 4 touchdowns on just 14 carries. The only problem was his height.

Dion Lewis is registered as 5'8", but is really 5'7". That was the reason he did not get many scholarship offers. He is really proving those schools wrong as he continues his dominance at Pitt. 'To get those kind of numbers as a freshmen? That's incredible. His numbers will only improve as he gets older.

The Heisman winner this year, Mark Ingram Jr., rushed for 1,542 yards and 15 touchdowns and averaged 6.2 yards per carry. This was Ingram in his sophomore year.

In his own freshman year, he rushed for 728 yards with 12 touchdowns and 5.1 yards per carry. With those numbers, Lewis completely blows him away.

While its obvious that Lewis had more carries, he still had more yards and touchdowns than Ingram, making him more efficient this year.

Look for Lewis to be a serious candidate for the Heisman as he joins running backs in the Pittsburgh system like Tony Dorsett, Curtis Martin, LeSean McCoy.