This is the year of the Sophomore. Oregon's LaMichael James, Michigan's Denard Robison and Stanford's Andrew Luck are among the top 10 Heisman hopefuls and they are all only Sophomores. Although Luck slipped with the lose to Oregon, both James and Robinson used the weekend to showcase their talent.
This is my top 5 as of week 5.
Robinson is putting up straight video game numbers and has also led Michigan to a 5-0 start. Robinson went for 277 in the air and 207 on the ground with 5 total TD's in Michigan's 36-33 win over Indiana.
Robinson has thrown for over 1,000 yards and run for nearly 1,000 so far this season and defense just can't account for his speed and ability. "shoe Lace" has great ability and is what Coach Rodriguez was looking for there in Ann Harbor. He will be put to the test next week when Michigan faces undefeated Michigan State.
Only one of many weapons on the talented Duck offense, James has proven his ability to run over defenses. James ran for over 200 yards and 3 TD's against the Stanford Cardinal helped all but secure the win with his 76-yard TD run in the 4th.
Standing at only 5'9, James uses his blistering speed and agility to run through defenses and once he gets to the second level, its over. Few players can keep up with him and he is the key of Oregon's BCS championship hopes.
Watching the first half of the Oregon/Stanford game, there was little question in my mind who the no.1 one pick in next year's NFL draft was going to be (hopefully to the Niners).But some of that luster faded as Luck and the Cardinal lost to Oregon in Eugene. Even with the sour lost, Luck went for 341 yards and 2 TD's. Luck will up against USC's marshmallow defense, so look for another big day out of the Sophomore.
The problem for Moore is the same Problem Boise st. faces in general: their conference. Moore showed Poise and ability in Boise's win over Virgina Tech and again against Oregon state, but now he has no more opportunities to showcase his talent against decent competition. While other like James and Ingram and Pryor play mar-key games in the spotlight, Moore will be relegated to beating up on Louisiana Tech, etc.
But Moore is a talented QB with a decent arm and accuracy. He went for 196 yards and 3 TD's in Boise's win over New Mexico State.
There is no question Mark Ingram is a beast. The reason he's only 5th is because he's only played three games, but has proven that he is among the best in the country. Ingram ran for only 47 yards but had2 TD's. In those three games he has run for nearly 400 yards and 6 TD's. As Alabama muscles its way through the SEC, Ingram will be a big part of their Offense.