10 Preseason Heisman Candidates Who Are Out of the Picture

Mike KlineAnalyst ISeptember 23, 2010

10 Preseason Heisman Candidates Who Are Out of Picture

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    Ingram sat out the first two games of the 2010 season recovering from minor knee surgery. Those games could likely cost him a shot at immortality.
    Ingram sat out the first two games of the 2010 season recovering from minor knee surgery. Those games could likely cost him a shot at immortality.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Every preseason you have your favorites for the Heisman, and every season there is a high probability that they just don't pan out.

    Such is the case again with at least a few of the 2010 Preseason Heisman hopefuls. While they may still end up with statistically good if not great seasons, the efforts of their team or perhaps the bad luck of an injury will keep them from getting the most coveted trophy in college sports.

    While virtual new comers like Denard Robinson have taken over the Heisman hype, here are a few who are fading fast.

Jacory Harris

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    COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes passes the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Harris was poised to help re-establish The U as one of the premier football powers in the country.

    Instead his Heisman chances and team's championship hopes were picked off in one trip to Columbus, Ohio and the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes. 

    Harris is a good quarterback but his inconsistency will likely prevent him from being an elite college quarterback, and that is what it takes to win the Heisman these days.

Christian Ponder

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    NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback Christian Ponder #7 of the Florida State Seminoles drops back to pass against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Ge
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    In a familiar refrain. it just isn't the ACC's year for its teams or elite players.

    Like Jacory Harris, Christian Ponder was handed the responsibility of resurrecting a program that has not been elite in quite a while.

    And like Harris, a big-time showdown with a ranked non-conference opponent put the kibosh on any hopes of a title or Heisman for Ponder.

    This time it was in Norman, Oklahoma, where the Sooners beat Florida State within an inch of its life, proving that Ponder and Florida State still have a bit of a ways to go before they are once again one of the best.

Matt Barkley

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 18:  Head coach Lane Kiffin of the USC Trojans congratulates quarterback Matt Barkley #7 after a touchdown during the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 18, 2010 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (
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    It is hard to imagine a quarterback on an undefeated team who has thrown nine touchdowns to two interceptions being out of a Heisman race.

    Well unfortunately for Matt Barkley, his USC team just isn't that good, especially on defense, and overall they are lucky to be 3-0 after unimpressively beating three bad teams.

    The Trojans haven't gotten into the meat of their schedule yet and will surely take a few lumps along the way, at which point Barkley will all but fade from the Heisman discussion.

Kellen Moore

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    LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 06:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos passes against the Virginia Tech Hokies at FedExField on September 6, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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    Lets face it. No matter how good Kellen Moore's stats are, the fact that he plays for Boise State will not be lost on Heisman voters.

    Some will vote for him just to spite everyone who won't because the Broncos play in a non-BCS conference and Moore's competition is not top notch. He can thank Virginia Tech's self-destruction for part of that.

    Moore may finish as a finalist but he will not win. It isn't necessarily fair but it is reality.

Dion Lewis

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 26:  Dion Lewis #28 of the Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game on December 26, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Dion Lewis was a dark horse as early preseason prognosticators threw out names as potential Heisman candidates but his chances were done after Week 1.

    The Panthers loss to Utah combined with his less than stellar numbers—he isn't even the team's lead rusher through the first two games—have all but killed his chances.

    At this point he would have to rush for an astronomical number of yards and even then the fact that the Big East is shaky as an elite conference doesn't help.

Ryan Williams

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 31:  Running back Ryan Williams #34 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs with the ball during the Chick-Fil-A Bowl against the Tennessee Volunteers at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Hokies beat the Volunteer
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    Two words did in Ryan Williams' hopes of winning the Heisman—James Madison.

    Virgina Tech and Williams were once again given the torch of the ACC and failed to deliver against a big-time opening opponent. They then followed that up with a complete meltdown in an uninspired loss to an FCS team at home.

    Williams hasn't been lighting it up statistically either, but that JMU loss will pretty much cloud everything he and his teammate do from this point on. If you don't believe me, ask Lloyd Carr.

John Clay

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    MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 18: John Clay #32 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs for a first down against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Camp Randall Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Arizona State 20-19. (Photo by Jonathan D
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    John Clay may still have a shot, but the biggest factor working against him right now is that he isn't named Denard Robinson or Terrelle Pryor.

    Clay has put up good numbers and the Badgers are ranked and undefeated so far. Common sense would dictate that he could still pull this off, but when has college football and common sense gone in the same sentence?

    As long as he doesn't play for Ohio State or Michigan (at least this week), his chances are dimming regardless of how good a season he has and that is a shame.

Jake Locker

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies gets up after being tackled during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 18, 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
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    Never has a quarterback been so praised and delivered so little. The pundits talk about Jake Locker like he is the next great quarterback.

    So far he hasn't been awful, but he hasn't helped his team avoid a beat down by Nebraska and another loss to BYU on their way to a 1-2 start.

    You don't win a Heisman if your team doesn't win games, and while the Huskies are making strides to becoming a respectable program again, they still have a ways to go.

John Brantley

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    KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback John Brantley #12 of the Florida Gators calls an audible against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    No one expected John Brantley to be the second coming of Tim Tebow, and it is clear to see that year 1 AT isn't looking so hot.

    Florida has managed to win all their games including a road test at Tennessee but it is easy to tell that Brantley isn't going to break any of Tebow's Florida records this season.

    It isn't all his fault as one of his best weapons was arrested for being insanely stupid by threatening a girl via a text message while the police were present. Still Brantley has a heavy load to carry and one tremendous shadow to try and play out of.

Mark Ingram

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    DURHAM, NC - SEPTEMBER 18: Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs through a huge hole during second quarter action against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Durham, North Carolina.  The Crimson Tide defeated t
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    Mark Ingram fell out of the running the moment he didn't suit up for Alabama's showdown with Penn State.

    Through no fault of his own, Ingram won't repeat as Heisman Trophy winner and won't become only the second two-time winner since Archie Griffin.

    Ingram did make his debut in impressive fashion, running all over Duke's over-matched defense on the way to 150 yards rushing and two touchdowns. But despite those numbers, Trent Richardson's play will surely pull carries away from Ingram and potentially cost him Heisman No. 2 if the missed games haven't already.

    Unfortunately for him the deck may have been stacked against him regardless, as it seems the Heisman Trust really revere the idea that only one man has ever one it twice. Ingram's a great player, but the Trust can use the missed games as a reason to prevent him from winning it again.