Heisman Trophy Watch 2010: The Top 10 Heisman Front Runners
With Week 10 of the college football season wrapping up this weekend, there are only a few more weeks of games left before everyone starts getting bowl crazy.
However, now is a perfect time to look at a preview of who will come away with the esteemed Heisman Trophy this season. This has been a crazy NCAA season, and there have been many teams who have played great and many players who have put up spectacular numbers.
Without further ado, let's take a look at the 10 players who have stood out the most so far this year.
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10. Mark Ingram
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Mark Ingram is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and as such would have been on this list no matter his production to date.
Currently Ingram has 641 yards on 106 carries for nine touchdowns. He is on pace to put up 855 yards on 141 carries and 12 touchdowns according to ESPN.com.
Those numbers would all be down from 2009, when Ingram rushed for 1658 yards on 271 carries and 17 touchdowns.
It will be tough for Mark Ingram to climb back to the top of the Heisman race, but the Crimson Tide still have three games left for Ingram to show what he has.
9. Taylor Martinez
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Taylor Martinez has emerged this year to lead his Nebraska team to an 8-1 record and Big 12 North best 4-1 in conference.
For the season, Martinez has 1161 yards, nine touchdowns, with a 60 percent completion rate and a QB rating of 161.02.
His QB Rating is 10th best in the FBS. It's not only Martinez's arm that has made an impact for the Cornhuskers.
Taylor ranks No. 23 in all of FBS in rushing yards with 886 yards. If he can keep up his production and lead Nebraska to a Big 12 title, he will definitely get serious consideration from voters.
8. Ricky Stanzi
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Ricky Stanzi is the leader of the No. 13 Iowa Hawkeyes and has had an impressive season behind center for Iowa.
Stanzi is the third best in college football with a QB rating of 175.1 (behind only Cam Newton and Kellen Moore, respectively).
Stanzi has thrown for 2210 yards, 20 touchdowns and has a completion percentage of 68.3 percent (seventh best in the nation).
Stanzi and the Hawkeyes are 7-2 overall but are part of a four-way tie for first place in the Big 10. Their quarterback has yet to have a bad game stat-wise, and if he keeps it up his name will be known by people outside of Iowa as well.
7. Kendall Hunter
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Kendall Hunter is half the reason that the Oklahoma State Cowboys are No. 10 in the BCS this week, along with quarterback Brandon Weeden. These two have made the Cowboys offense dynamic.
Hunter has 1240 rushing yards (third best in the nation) and 14 touchdowns on 203 carries through nine games.
Hunter and the Cowboys sit atop the Big 12 South division with a 4-1 record in conference.
If Oklahoma State can keep winning games and Hunter keeps up the pace he has going now, there's no way that he won't have his name on the list of Heisman candidates and find himself with an invitation to New York City.
6. Terrelle Pryor
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Terrelle Pryor is now in his junior season with the Ohio State Buckeyes, and he is having his best year to date.
Pryor has put up 1997 yards through the air, along with 20 touchdowns to secure the No. 5 quarterback ranking in the nation at 165.2.
Pryor has made major improvements as a quarterback and is relying more—and sometimes too much—on his arm this year than ever before.
The Buckeyes are in the thick of the National Championship hunt and Big 10 race, and it's up to Pryor to keep them on that track. If he does he will be in consideration for the Heisman Trophy this year.
5. Andy Dalton
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Andy Dalton has led his TCU Horned Frogs to an undefeated season at 10-0.
Dalton has thrown for 2242 yards, 19 touchdowns and has a completion percentage of 67.5 percent and the fourth best QB rating in FBS of 166.7.
The Dalton-led Horned Frogs are currently No. 3 in the BCS polls, behind the also undefeated Oregon Ducks and Auburn Tigers.
The senior quarterback from Texas is having a great year and is in line to have TCU undefeated after the regular season for the second consecutive season.
4. Andrew Luck
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Andrew Luck has been coined as the best pro quarterback prospect in college football by ESPN analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.
His production this season for the Stanford Cardinal has not disappointed. Luck has 2213 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, the ninth best completion rate (67.8 percent) and the seventh best QB rating (163.4) in the nation.
Luck has led the upstart Cardinal to an 8-1 record, with their only defeat suffered at the hands of the No.1 Oregon Ducks.
Luck has three conference games left, all against unranked opponents (Arizona State, Cal, and Oregon State), giving him a chance to make his stats a bit more impressive before season's end.
3. Kellen Moore
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Kellen Moore and the No. 4 Boise State Broncos have had a phenomenal start to their season. The Broncos are 8-0 and are again contenders in the National Championship race.
Kellen Moore, on the other hand, has the best QB Rating in all of the BCS at 192.4. Moore also has the third best completion percentage, with 71.8 percent, a 10th best 21 touchdowns and also 2372 yards.
Moore has been the best quarterback in all of college football this season and has shown no signs of slowing down.
Moore and the Broncos are sitting in perfect position should one of the top two contenders falter, but I think both would much rather be in the driver's seat than the passenger side.
2. Cam Newton
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While Kellen Moore may be the best quarterback in college football, Cam Newton has been the best athlete in the nation.
Newton is carrying the Auburn Tigers single-handedly. He has led them through a tough, gauntlet of an SEC schedule unscathed.
Newton is a threat to take over the game both on the ground and through the air. His QB rating of 182.8 ranks second in the nation, and his 1146 rushing yards place him fourth in the whole FBS.
If Newton can continue to shoulder the load for the Tigers then he definitely will have a front row seat in New York City waiting for him.
1. LaMichael James
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LaMichael James is the best player on the best team.
The Oregon Ducks offense has been amazing through their first nine games of the season and it is on pace to set records in numerous categories.
James has been cutting his way through defenders all year, and the stats back it up. James is the number one running back in rushing yards with 1331 yards (second overall to Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson).
With such a high profile offense, it's hard for James to go unnoticed, and he continues to show on the field that the attention is not all hype. If the Ducks can finish out the season undefeated and LaMichael James can stay on fire like he has been, his name should be etched on the Heisman Trophy this season.