Denard Robinson and Remaining Heisman Field Narrow

Michael TerrenceCorrespondent IIIOctober 3, 2010

Denard Robinson And Remaining Heisman Field Narrow

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    SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 11: Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 11, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan defeated Notre Dame 28-24. (Photo by Jonathan Da
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    Denard Robinson was supposed to be slowed by a bum knee. Clearly he didn’t get the memo. Robinson posted his usual 200 plus yards rushing and 200 plus yards passing. In the four and a half games he’s played in he’s delivered an endless reel of highlights.

    On Saturday, Robinson added to that reel. On the second play from scrimmage he bolted 72 yards for a touchdown. He would add in two touchdown passes before the half but the game was all knotted at 21. In the second half it took just five seconds for Robinson to connect with teammate Junior Hemingway for a 70 yard touchdown pass.

    The two teams would trade touchdowns until the final drive of the game. With the score tied at 35, Robinson through a 42-yard bomb to Hemingway, which brought the Wolverines to Indiana’s 4 yard line. On the next play, Robinson would dive into the end zone for the game winning score. The touchdown capped off a 73-yard drive and took only 52 seconds.

    Robinson finished the game with three touchdowns through the air, two on the ground and a total of 495 yards. Oh and Michigan is still undefeated.

    Right now Robinson has the Heisman in his back pocket and the trophy is his to lose.

    Here is a list of the players chasing him up Heisman Mountain.

Welcome to The Party

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    EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 2: Quarterback Darron Thomas #1 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 52-31.
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    Here are seven players just outside the top ten.

    1. J. Blackmon (WR) Oklahoma St. – 34 receptions, 558 receiving yards, 9 receiving TD’s

    2. D. Thomas (QB) Oregon – 1,060 passing yards, 13 passing TD’s, 212 passing yds/G, 219 rush yards, 2 rushing TD’s

    3. R. Wilson (QB) N.C. State – 1,474 passing yards, 14 passing TD’s, 118 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD

    4. C. Kapernick (QB) Nevada – 1,048 passing yards, 8 passing TD’s, 548 rushing yards, 9 rushing TD’s

    5. R. Griffin (QB) Baylor – 1,351 passing yards, 11 passing TD’s, 270 passing yds/G, 221 rushing yards, 4 rushing TD’s

    6. V. Taua (RB) Nevada – 641 rushing yards, 8 rushing TD’s, 128.2 rush yds/G, 1 receiving touchdown.

    7. D. Thomas (RB) Kansas St. - 628 rushing yards, 6 rushing TD’s, 157 rush yds/G, 16 RecYds

10. Kendall Hunter

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    LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 08:  Running back Kendall Hunter #24 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys during play against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 8, 2008 in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Hunter currently ranks sixth in the nation with 574 rushing yards. He averages 143.5 yards/G and 7 yards per carry.

    On Thursday, Hunter scored two touchdowns and ran for 101 yards on 22 carries. The Cowboys edged out conference opponent Texas A&M. The victory moved Oklahoma State to 4-0 on the year.

    Hunter should feast on his team’s next opponent. Oklahoma State will head to Louisiana-Lafayette and should easily move to 5-0.

    A big game and another win will help vault Hunter up the Heisman leader board.

9. Kellen Moore

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    BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos hands off the ball against the Oregon State Beavers at Bronco Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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    Boise State won its fourth game on Saturday by a score of 59-0. Moore attempted only 18 passes, completing 13 of them for 196 yards and three touchdowns. It was Moore’s third game this season without a turnover.

    On the year he has thrown eleven touchdowns to just one interception. Moore has thrown for 1,069 yards, and averages 267.3 yards/g.

    Moore has been brilliant especially late in games. The only thing hurting his Heisman candidacy is the fact that his team plays inferior competition.

    The only thing Moore can do is continue to put up big numbers and help Boise win ball games.

8. Landry Jones

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    DALLAS - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl on October 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Jones is quickly becoming Oklahoma’s next star quarterback. He seems to enjoy playing on the big stage and is steadily improving as the season progresses.

    Against Texas, Jones was 24 of 39 passing for 236 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Oklahoma led throughout and Jones did most of his damage early. The win moves the Sooners to 5-0 on the season.

    Next up, a home game against Iowa State. Jones will look to lead the Sooners vaunted aerial attack.

    Jones has thrown for 1,457 yards and eleven touchdowns. He is averaging just under 300 yards per game.

    As long as Oklahoma keeps winning Jones will stay in the Heisman hunt.  

7. Andrew Luck

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    EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 2: Quarterback Andrew Luck of the Stanford Cardinal sets to throw a pass in the third quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 52-31. (Photo by Steve Dyke
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    Saturday started off good for Luck and the Cardinal in Oregon. In the first half he rushed for a touchdown and threw for two more. Stanford went into halftime leading 31-24. Unfortunately for Luck his team would not score a second half point and got romped 52-24.

    Luck threw for 341 yards in defeat and finished with two passing touchdowns and two interceptions. It was the second week in a row that Luck tossed two interceptions.

    On the year Luck has thrown for 1,253 yards and 13 touchdowns to only four interceptions.

    The turnovers the last two weeks and loss in Oregon hurt Luck’s Heisman candidacy but he has plenty of time to make up for it. Luck and Stanford have no time to sulk they host USC next weekend.

6. Ryan Mallett

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    FAYETTEVILLE - SEPTEMBER 25: Ryan Mallett #15 of the Arkansas Razorbacks looks on after throwing an interception late in the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Ala
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    Mallett and the Hogs were idle this week. Undoubtedly he used this week to heal up from the punishment he took at the hands of the Crimson Tide last weekend.

    Mallett has dropped a few spots in the Heisman race but has a chance to make a statement against a Texas A&M team who is coming off a loss to Oklahoma State.

    Mallett has thrown for 1,438 yards and 10 touchdowns in four games this season.

    Will Mallett be shell shocked after a tough game or will he come out guns a blazing?

5. Cameron Newton

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Auburn is already 2-0 in the SEC and has looked great in five games this season.

    On Saturday, Newton and the offense tied their season high in points with 52 in a blowout victory over Louisiana-Monroe. Newton threw for 245 yards on 14 of 19 pass attempts and three touchdowns.

    Newton has thrown for 928 yards and 12 touchdowns to four interceptions. He has also rushed for 474 yards and five touchdowns. The most impressive thing about Cameron Newton is he has amassed all those yards while only attempting over twenty passes in one game this season.

    Auburn gets into the heart of their schedule the next few weeks. They play at Kentucky next Saturday and then have back to back home games against Arkansas and LSU.

    These games could make or break Cam Newton’s Heisman hopes.

4. Mark Ingram

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes upfield against Ahmad Black #35 of the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Alabama is still no. 1 and Mark Ingram is moving up the Heisman rankings.

    Ingram has scored a pair of touchdowns in each of the three games he’s played in. He leads the Tide with 6 rushing touchdowns and is second on the team with 355 yards. Ingram averages 7.9 yards per carry and 118.3 yards/g.

    His stat line on Saturday wasn’t overwhelming by any means. He had only 47 yards on 12 carries but did his damage with two goal line scores.

    Ingram will look to add to his season totals next week in Columbia against South Carolina.

3. Terrelle Pryor

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    CHAMPAIGN, IL - OCTOBER 02: Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Illinois 24-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty
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    Pryor was injured in the third quarter of the game but he made his mark. Pryor threw for 76 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball eleven times for 104 yards.

    Without Pryor the Buckeyes offense was less than impressive but Ohio State hung on to beat Illinois 24-13.

    Pryor leads the team in passing with 1,015 yards and in rushing with 373 yards. Pryor has fifteen total touchdowns on the year and has thrown only three interceptions.

    Pryor dropped one spot in this week’s rankings. He will look to bounce back against Indiana next weekend in the Horseshoe.

2. LaMichael James

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    EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 2: Running back LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks heads for the end zone on a 76-yard touchdown run  the fourth quarter of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. James had
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    Up until Saturday the Stanford defense had not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season. After a trip to Eugene that streak is over. Not only was Stanford beaten by 21 points but LaMichael James and the Ducks offense ran wild on the Cardinal D.

    James finished the game with 257 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns. James saved his best run of the game for the closing minutes of Saturday’s blowout. With just over a minute left in the game he burst through the hole and sprinted 76 yards for the final touchdown.

    James ranks second in the NCAA with 732 rushing yards. He also has seven scores on the ground, averages 183 yards per game and 8.2 yards per carry.

    Twice this season James has rushed for over 200 yards. He has a great chance of getting 300 yards next week when the Ducks travel to Pullman to take on the Washington State Cougars.