Well for the 3rd straight year we have had a sophmore win the Heisman. Neither of the previous two winners were able to win the award twice as we know now, and this year it will be difficult for last years winner Mark Ingram to win the award gain due to an early injury. I will tell you who i think the top 5 contenders are for this years Heisman race.
Alabama RB Mark Ingram- Mark Ingram ran for 1,650 yds and 17 TDs last season and didn't lose a single fumble! he averaged 6.1 yds a carry as he led Alabama to a national championship. He won the award last year which in my mind gives him a disadvantage, for i bleieve he would likely have to play better this year than he did when he won it. Ingram will be out fo Alabama's first game of the season. He could be out for two or three games if he dosent recover as expected. While Alabama has a capable backup in Trent Richardson and should suffer due to this injury it may hurt Ingram's Heisman hopes. If Ingram can rush for somewhere around 1,500 yds and 15 Tds he will still deserve an invite to NYC in my mind.
Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett- Rayna Mallett was a highschool phenom that committed to Michigan and one year after he transferred to Arkansas amid a coaching change. Last season was Mallett's first Mallett had played since backing up chad Henne at michigan and he was amazing! He threw 30 TDs to only 7 Ints and over 3,500 passing yds. Ryan Mallett at 6'7 240 lbs has the biggest arm in college football! He has been compared to John Elway in many respects he is the best true QB in the Heisman race. If he can repeat this kind of performance and lead Arkansas to a few more wins he could walk away with the Heisman.
Ohio State QB Terrell Pryor- Terrell Pryor was the number 1 overall prospect in 08 mabey the most sought after player to date. He is 6'6 235lbs and one of the most athletically gifted athletes in the NCAA. He has been clocked with 4.3 speed and has a very capable arm. He threw for 2,100 yds 18 TDs and 11 Ints last season. If he can throw for 2,500 yds 25 TDs and less than 10 interception provided that they win the Big 10 he will be a very compelling figure come December.
West Virginia RB Noel Devine- Noel Devine was the most anticipated freshmen to ever come into WVU he is also the highest ranked player WVU has ever signed as the #3 prospect overall. He has the opurtunity to become the leading rusher all time for WVU if he has a breakout year. He rushed for just under 1,500 yds last year and had 13 rushing TDs. He needs 1,650 yds to break the record held by Avon Coubourne. This would be a huge accomplishment because it would also land him in the top 10 all time. Noel Devine should be able to have a better year with a more experience line this season. If he can run for 1,700 yds and 18+ TDs he has a very good chance at walking away with the Heisman.
Washington QB Jake Locker- Was heralded as the Tebow of the West his freshmen year passing for almost 2,00 yds and rushing for over 1,000. He was injured his sophmore year early in the season. Last season Steve Sarkisian took over as the HC and improved the team from pitiful to mediocre. Jake Locker flourished under Sarkisian throwing for 2,800 yds and 21 Tds with 11 Ints. Tebow won this award with a 9 win team if Locker can improve his TDs and decrease his Ints by 4 each and get to 9 wins he could win the Heisman with a lesser team just as Tebow did.
I believe it will come down to Noel Devine and Ryan Mallett. These two seem to have the best chance to have an all around productive season and not suffer from their teams or from early injuries.
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