Heisman Trophy Watch 2010 is heating up.
And with Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson dropping once again through seven weeks of college football, it’s time to crown a new No. 1 Heisman Trophy candidate.
Today, starting with five sleepers, we’ll be counting down the top 10 current Heisman candidates and why they deserve the coveted NCAA gridiron hardware.
The Kansas State Wildcats are 5-1 overall this season, and with that in mind, don’t overlook talented running back Daniel Thomas.
Through six games in 2010, Thomas has garnered 782 yards and seven touchdowns.
The 5-1 Nebraska Cornhuskers are led by quarterback Taylor Martinez, one of a handful of sleeper candidates for this season’s Heisman hardware.
Martinez has thrown for 723 yards and three touchdowns while compiling 758 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has been a stud this season for the Bears, leading the team to a 5-2 overall record and a 2-1 Big 12 mark.
Griffin III has amassed 1,969 passing yards this season along with 14 touchdowns; the sophomore play-caller has also rushed for 376 yards and six touchdowns.
The 6-1 Nevada Wolf Pack have a star-studded running back in Vai Taua, and others are beginning to take notice.
Taua has garnered 928 yards on 140 carries in 2010, scoring 11 touchdowns.
TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Andy Dalton is on the verge of moving from No. 1 sleeper candidate and into the top 10 current possibilities.
Dalton has garnered 1,450 passing yards along with 13 touchdowns this season en route to a 7-0 overall record this season.
Although the Arkansas Razorbacks lost its latest matchup—along with its quarterback Ryan Mallett due to a concussion—all hope is not lost.
In fact, through six games, Mallett has thrown for 1,844 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Through six games as the Stanford Cardinal play-caller, junior QB Andrew Luck still has a fighting chance at nabbing the Heisman hardware.
Luck has passed for 1,538 yards along with 16 touchdowns, garnering 242 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Wisconsin Badgers running back John Clay was a key factor to this past weekend’s upset of former No. 1 Ohio State, with the RB rushing for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
Through seven games in 2010, Clay has garnered 796 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
Another QB on the verge of entering the elite top five Heisman candidates is Oklahoma Sooners play-caller Landry Jones.
Just this past weekend, Jones threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns—bringing his 2010 total to 1,457 passing yards with 14 touchdowns.
Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Kendall Hunter is another possibility for attaining the Heisman hardware at the end of the season.
Through six games in 2010, Hunter has rushed for 830 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Denard Robinson, taking a huge dip in the Heisman candidates 2010 watch list, has dropped to No. 5 through Week 7 of the college football season.
Robinson has 1,319 passing yards this season, along with nine touchdowns and five interceptions—while compiling 1,096 rushing yards with nine touchdowns.
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor may be a whole lot higher on quite a few Heisman watch lists, but the Buckeyes QB’s stock has definitely dropped.
Pryor has 1,505 rushing yards in 2010 along with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions; on the ground, the Ohio State play-caller has garnered 410 yards and three touchdowns.
Cameron Newton, the quarterback for the undefeated Auburn Tigers, absolutely has a solid change at garnering the coveted 2010 Heisman.
Newton has passed for 1,278 yards this season with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions, along with garnering 860 rushing yards with 12 touchdowns.
Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James rolls in at No. 2 in this week’s Heisman Trophy Watch 2010.
This season, James has attained 848 rushing yards with nine touchdowns, also garnering three receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown.
The current No. 1 Heisman Trophy candidate is none other than Boise State Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore.
En route to an undefeated record this season, Moore has thrown for 1,567 yards with 16 touchdowns and just one interception.
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