College Football: Christian Ponder and Nine Others Out of the Heisman Race

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College Football: Christian Ponder and Nine Others Out of the Heisman Race

It's Week 2, and Heisman talk is already hot and heavy. Names like Denard Robinson and Marcus Lattimore are storming their way onto the national scene as other familiar names are dropping like flies.

But before we talk about who these dead names are (okay, maybe not completely dead), we need to take a look at what qualifies a player for such an honor as the greatest trophy in sports.

A player, first and foremost, needs to be on a successful team. We're not talking about a seven- or eight-win team here. The Heisman winner must be on a team in competing for a spot in at least a BCS bowl game.

Secondly, a player must be a media darling (see Robinson, Denard for a prime example two weeks in).

Next, a Heisman candidate must always, always step up when he is called upon, specifically in the big games. Leading a team to victory over other ranked opponents not only garners attention but also boosts a résumé even further.

Last, but certainly not least, a player must be on offense, specifically a quarterback, running back, or multi-threat athlete.

The "outline" of a Heisman candidate is further defined in one of my earlier articles, "The Many Faults of the Heisman Trophy."

Now that we understand what it takes to be considered for that one special night in the Big Apple, who's fallen off the map through the first two weeks of the season?

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