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Heisman Trophy Race: Jerrod Johnson Already Being Overlooked in 2010

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 26: Quarterback Jerrod Johnson #1 of the Texas A&M Aggies looks to throw the ball downfield to an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second half at Kyle Field on November 26, 2009 in College Station, Texas. The Longhorns defeated the Aggies 49-39 (Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images)
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Andrew RobesonAnalyst IISeptember 13, 2010

Two weeks into the college football season, Denard Robinson has apparently already won the Heisman Trophy. Without ever playing a Big Ten team.

Impressive, isn’t it?

With all the Heisman lists circulating the Internet, one player has been overlooked in an almost shocking matter. I’m talking about Jerrod Johnson, the Texas A&M quarterback. 

In Big 12 preseason honors, Johnson was named Player of the Year for 2010.

So why aren’t people talking about him?

He plays for an unranked team that is currently 38th in the AP poll. Other than that, there is no good reason for Johnson not to be in the discussion.

In just two games, Johnson has already thrown for 671 yards and six touchdowns, while rushing for 56 yards and another score.

Yeah, it isn’t the 900 yards Robinson has produced against better opponents, but unlike Robinson, Johnson is proven.

Last year as a junior, Johnson threw for 3,579 yards, 30 touchdowns, and just eight interceptions.

Keep in mind Johnson plays in the Big 12 so he faces both the Texas and Oklahoma defenses.

Last year against Texas, Johnson threw for four touchdowns and 342 yards while almost ruining Texas’ title hopes in the Horns' final regular season game. A&M is coming off a 6-7 season, while going 3-5 in the Big 12. This year A&M hopes to improve its record while riding on the shoulders of the star quarterback.

Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska are all looking at A&M as a trap game, and for good reason. Johnson is incredible, and when he is on, it is downright impossible to keep him from scoring in bunches.

Will Johnson win the Heisman? 

Unlikely.

The Heisman generally goes to players on top teams, which would be unlikely, but not impossible for A&M.

If Johnson performs similarly to last season, then he should at least get a trip to New York, where the five finalists go to find out who has won.

The Big 12 knows how to support its star players, and expect a healthy number of votes to come from the region.

Johnson has plenty of opportunities to be seen on national television when A&M plays Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.

His performance in those games will determine how high he finishes in the Heisman race. 

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