10 Potential Heisman Winners Not Being Considered Now
To explain what I mean: Remember this time last year?
"Who are the top three Heisman candidates?" "Tebow, McCoy, Bradford. Duh, idiot."
In the end, Tebow and McCoy were in New York, but they might as well shouldn't have gone, because they probably both knew they wouldn't win, especially Tebow.
The top three were Alabama RB Mark Ingram, Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh (Did I spell that right? S-U-H. Yes, I did.), and Stanford RB Toby Gerhart.
Now, folks, if you had said these would be the frontfunners at the end of the season, people would think you were an idiot. Turns out, it happened, as Mark Ingram won the closest race in the history of the prestigious award.
Who are 10 guys who could come out of nowhere and be in the thick of the race like we saw last season? Some might make you think, "Is this guy on drugs?" and you'll say it's impossible.
Then I'll look at last year's finish and tell you, "No, it isn't."
Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Talk about a forgotten player. This is one of the top RBs in the Big 12, and yet, he is given no attention. Before last year, he was a part of one of "the best RB duos in CFB". That didn't pan out, and OSU had a disappointing season.
But now that the spotlight is off, Hunter's target is definitely smaller in size. If Oklahoma State can win enough games, and he can run for enough yards, he maybe, just maybe, can find a spot in New York.
Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska
No Suh? No problem. Crick is a dominant force on the Nebraska line and could finish what Suh started. This Husker defense will be fierce in 2010, and Crick is the leader and anchor of this unit.
Jeff Demps, RB, Florida Gators
Tebow's gone, so this helps Jeff's chances. Now that the QB won't be gobbling up yards on the ground, that duty will belong to the RBs, namely Demps.
This guy literally has track speed, as he does track and field for Florida as well.
The Gators will run the ball well this year, a good sign for Demps. They'll probably get 10+ wins, so he'll have that at his side too. He's "Mark Ingram 2010", a RB from the SEC who is viewed as "pretty good" but not Heisman or anything crazy like that. With this guy, it is actually not crazy.
Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri Tigers
A team that could be a darkhorse for the Big 12 title this year could also be one of the best QBs in the Big 12, possibly the country. He enters his second year as the starting QB for the Tigers, who recently had a Heisman contender at QB.
Once again, the wins need to come, but Gabbert should have great stats this season. He has potential to be a breakout QB in 2010.
Roy Helu Jr., RB, Nebraska Cornhuskers
What am I thinking, putting an OFFENSIVE PLAYER from Nebraska on here? Well, the Husker offense should be much better this season, and with a heavy ground game scheme, Helu will get his touches. If he can get yards on those touches, and score over 15 TDs, he very well could be the next Heisman winner at Nebraska.
Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa Hawkeyes
I've heard this guy compared to Chuck Norris. If Chuck Norris was over 300 pounds and had a track record of being one of the best defensive players in a conference, they could be compared.
James Cleveland, WR, Houston Cougars
When people think of Houston and Heisman in 2010, they think of Case Keenum. But somebody who never gets enough credit is WR James Cleveland, who was one of the most productive receivers in college football last year. He almost single-handedly won the Tulsa game, as he caught a few TDs and recovered the game-changing onside kick.
He will catch a lot of balls in 2010. He will have well over 1000 yards and well over 10 TDs. If Houston goes 11-1 or so, this is a WR who could become the shocker in the Big Apple.
Scott Tolzien, QB, Wisconsin Badgers
When people think of Wisconsin, they think of John Clay. But never mentioned in Heisman talk is underrated QB Scott Tolzien. He had a great bowl performance against Miami.
John Clay will get the ball often, but when Scott Tolzien gets the chance to throw the ball, he makes the most of it. If they throw the ball more than expected this year, Scott Tolzien will have a great season and possibly surpass both Pryor and Stanzi as the best QB in the Big 10.
Jeremy Avery, RB, Boise State Broncos
When people think of Boise State and the Heisman, Kellen Moore comes to mind, as he should.
But what about their tough running back? The Broncos are no longer a finesse, trick-play team. Last year, they were rough and tough. For example, the picture is from the Oregon game. They won 19-8. I don't know about you, but seeing a score like 19-8 gives you the idea that Boise played tough football, which is exactly what happened.
I expect this guy to join the Heisman talk at some point. Even if that means surpassing Kellen Moore.
Nick Foles, QB, Arizona Wildcats
This depends on which Nick Foles we will see. Will we see the one that sometimes looked like John Elway, or will we see the one who quarterbacked the ugly 33-0 loss to Jared Crick, Roy Helu Jr., and the Nebraska Cornhuskers?
If he can play at a high level all season, he can enter the watch list. Still, I think to enter the talk, Arizona has to win the Pac-10 and go to their first ever Rose Bowl. But that is a very reachable goal. They could have won it last year, as they fell short in a great game against Oregon where both teams played their butts off.
I think if they can bust the BCS Bowl party for the first time, they can also have a QB worthy of "Heisman-caliber" status.
Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn Tigers
The former Florida Gator was arrested after he bought a stolen laptop and, in a panic, threw it out of a window. He left the Gators and joined small Blinn College. His team went 14-1, winning the JUCO National Championship, and he then signed with Auburn over Oklahoma and Mississippi State.
He is the perfect fit in OC Gus Malzahn's offense. He has a cannon for an arm, he is massive, and yet he is a great running QB, probably the best in the SEC.
If he puts up huge stats, a lot of points, and a lot of wins, he could end up being in New York in December ready to win Auburn's third Heisman Trophy.