There isn't a more celebrated and anticipated award in sports than the Heisman trophy.
Each December, a group of college football's elite gather in New York City in order to discover who will be added to the long list of Heisman legends.
Alabama's sophomore sensation, Mark Ingram, did just that just a few months ago. Not only did Ingram bring Mr. Heisman's bronze figurine back to school under his arm but also with a title ring on his finger.
With the graduation of a few repeat Big Apple invitees, including Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy, seats are open and ready to be reserved by the next crop of elite college football players.
Of course, many will tab Ingram as the favorite to win the award for the second year in a row, but who will be in the running alongside him?
It may be a little early, but Heisman speculation is at its best before the games have been played.
Based on their 2009 statistical years and their projected teams, here are the top candidates, listed in alphabetical order, for the 2010 Heisman Trophy.