Is Russell Wilson a Contender for the Heisman Trophy or Just a Pretender?

Allen LoppCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2010

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12:  The Heisman trophy awarded to Running back Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at a press conference after  he was named the 75th Heisman Trophy winner at the Marriott Marquis on December 12, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The Heisman Trophy is traditionally awarded to the best player in college football, and has only been awarded to two players in the ACC.

Traditionally the ACC has been known for its basketball, and not football but when Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke won the Heisman Trophy for Florida State in 1993 and 2000, it put the ACC football on the map.

Russell Wilson has had a great career at N.C. State, playing football and baseball, much like a former Heisman Trophy winner Charlie who excelled in two sports, expect Ward's second sport was basketball.

So far this season Russell Wilson had thrown for 1,474 yards and 14 touchdowns, and he also has one rushing touchdown.

Let's compare his numbers to some of the other quarterbacks on the 2010 Heisman Watch by ESPN:

Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan - 1,008 yards passing with 7 passing touchdowns and 905 yards rushing with 8 rushing touchdowns.

Kellen Moore. QB, Boise State - 1,069 yards passing and 11 passing touchdowns

Terrelle Pryor
. QB, Ohio State - 1,015 yards passing and 12 passing touchdowns, with 373 yards rushing and 3 rushing touchdowns.

Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn - 982 yards passing with 12 touchdowns, and 474 yards rushing along with 5 rushing touchdowns.

Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford - 1,253 yards passing with 13 passing touchdowns, and 202 yards rushing and 2 rushing touchdowns.

Russell Wilson's passing numbers are better then all of the Heisman candidates listed above, and the only one close to his numbers is Andrew Luck of Stanford.

Denard Robinson, Terrelle Pryor, and Cameron Newton all are dual-threat quarterbacks like Wilson, except they think run before pass, where Wilson's running because he is trying to make something out of nothing.

I don't understand how Kellen Moore is on the list. because their conference opponents are weak and the toughest team they have played is Virginia Tech.

Team success is also a determining factor on whether you are a Heisman candidate, and team success has been something Wilson has not had at N.C. State until now. 

The Wolfpack are 5-1 overall, and 2-1 in conference and they are positioned well to challenge Florida State for the Atlantic division title.

In my book Russell Wilson is a contender for the Heisman Trophy, so when will he receive the attention he deserves?