2010-2011 Heisman Candidates

Adam FisherContributor IIJuly 1, 2010

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: The Heisman trophy awarded to Running back Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at a press conference after  he was named the 75th Heisman Trophy winner at the Marriott Marquis on December 12, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Every year we speculate on who will be the game changer week in and week out for his team. For this upcoming year there are a lot of talented young men that can win the Heisman. 

Mark Ingram RB Alabama- Could he win it again? He is the perfect running back for Alabama and always plays fantastic in big games. He will be the leader for Alabama from day one.

But giving every SEC coach a whole summer to breakdown his game is not a good thing, and I think a few of those coaches will find a way to stop him, but Mark Ingram will still be Mark Ingram and rush for a lot of touchdowns and at least 14 plus rushing touchdowns, he is just to hard to bring down in the open field.....But Trent Richardson is one heck of a back too and Bama fans know that.

Richardson rushed for 751 yards and scored eight TD's as a back up and he could hurt Mark Ingram's chances at winning the Heisman. Only time will tell but Mark is going to get his touches and in Bama's one back system he will still be the feature back, and that's why he has a great chance to win a second Heisman.


Dion Lewis RB Pittsburgh- He is without a doubt College Football's most complete runner. He has blazing speed and cutback ability but he also has a lot of power too. Last year he rushed for 1,799 yards and 17 touchdowns, he broke pretty much every freshmen running back record at Pitt last year. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry and 138.4 yards per game, and was Big East Offensive Players of the Year as a Freshmen. For him to win the Heisman he has to put up about the same numbers, and Pitt finally just has to win the Big East Championship game, or his hopes for winning the Heisman will fade fast.


Kellen Moore QB Boise State- Has only lost one game in 26 starts and that was by one point to TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl. But Kellen led the Broncos back to the Fiesta Bowl and got their revenge on TCU by beating them there. He is an efficient big game passer and only 10 interceptions to 64 TD's!

If he leads them to the National Championship which is debatable he will have the chance to go the heisman ceremony and win the trophy but he really only plays one great defense in Virginia Tech and two ok defenses in Oregon St. and Wyoming this year.

But Kellen has so many targets around him it's crazy; Austin Pettis one of the games most underated WR's, another WR Titus Young who no one can keep up with because of his amazing speed and quickness and he's also a phenomanal kick and punt returner for the Boise St.

Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas- If he plays great he could be the very first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. This offseason he has been working on his accuracy. Has great arm strength, and his awareness could get better but the boy can flat out run. He threw for 3,624 yards last season with 30 TD's and only seven interceptions.

All of his big targets are back too; Joe Adams, Greg Childs, Jarius Wright, and Cobi Hamilton, and four of the running back also; Dennis Johnson, Ronnie Wingo, Broderick Green, and Knile Davis. The biggest key for him to win the Heisman besides have a great year?....To beat Alabama in Fayetteville September 25. If he can do that he has a great chance to hold the trophy.

Terrelle Pryor QB Ohio State- He doesn't have the best numbers and probably won't but he's on a very talented Ohio St. team that has weapons for him, and I would not be suprised to see Ohio St. undefeated once they get to November. How can he win the Heisman you ask then? Because he is a dual threat QB, he can throw the long ball but can fly on the ground also. He will be very tough to handle this year for Big 10 defenses.

Jake Locker QB Washington- I was very suprised to see Jake come back for one more year as most all of us were. But he is a competitor and works hard every Saturday to give his team a chance to win. But Washington is not going to win the Pac-10 and he doesn't have a lot of weapons around him to be very good this year. He will still put up good numbers though but I don't think it will be enough.


Dark Horses To Win The Heisman Trophy

Jacquizz Rodgers RB Oregon St.- Will only win if his Beavers beat USC and Oregon and go to the Rose Bowl.

Patrick Peterson CB LSU- Best CB in college football. Talk about playing the best in the game, every time he has played Julio Jones or A.J. Green, he has shut them down. To shutdown recievers in the SEC like that on a weekly basis is nothing but amazing.

Case Keenum QB Houston- By the end of the year he will be holding numerous NCAA Records due to the pass heavy offense he is in.

Julio Jones WR Alabama-If he stays healthy and Mark Ingram isn't having a good game he's going to get his numbers.

A.J. Green WR Georgia- Is the main man in the offense. The go to guy to say the most for the Bulldogs, so he will be seeing a lot of balls thrown his way.

Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame- If healthy he is without a doubt the best WR in the nation. He only played in 6 1/2 games but still had 9 TD's and 44 receptions!