Heisman Trophy: Who Is College Football's Best Player, If Not Cam Newton?
Cameron Newton has proved to be the best college football player for the year of 2010, but his status is in doubt and may not be eligible to win the nation's most coveted award.
If Newton is declared ineligible, then who steps up to accept the award?
There are several deserved candidates, and the answer may become more obvious as the season hits its home stretch. As for now, this is how they should rank.
5. Andrew Luck
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Andrew Luck has had a remarkable season and is in great shape to be on a poor NFL team next year. As good as Luck is, he doesn't have that extra redeeming quality to move him up this list. He doesn't run like Newton, his team got beat by James's, Moore is the darling of the disrespected, and Blackmon has all those highlight catches.
Luck has been a great leader on a pretty good team and probably won't win the award, but deserves to be paraded around in New York before he revisits the city again next year as a top prize in the draft.
4. LaMichael James
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Many people are high on James, and I agree he is a stud at the running back position. He deserves to be talked about as one of the best backs in the country, if not the best. The problem is he is not as valuable to his team as the rest of the players on this list.
If you consider the Heisman to be an MVP contest, then James just isn't the most deserving candidate. A great player...yes. The most valuable...not quite.
3. Justin Blackmon
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Hands down the nation's best receiver and the most important player on one of the better teams in the country, Justin Blackmon is a stud. Problem is, like Newton, he has some off the field issues.
Despite missing a game, he has just as many yards as LaMichael James and only one fewer touchdown. The only knock on him is he had a couple drops against Texas.
Don't forget, Oklahoma State has only one loss so far and is a top-10 team. If he finishes strong, he may be up for the top prize.
2. Kellen Moore
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Kellen Moore is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the country, a great leader and a very valuable asset to one of the best teams around. He deserves many things, including a chance at a national championship.
Nobody knows how the cards are going to fall with the BCS, but this much is clear: The Boise State Broncos are a great team, and Moore their undisputed leader.
He is very valuable and deserves a trip to New York to celebrate what he was able to do individually and as a leader of a small dynasty in college football.
1. Cameron Newton
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Cameron Newton is the best player in the country, and allegations are not enough to drop him from this list. He may still be considered ineligible before voting for the Heisman begins, but as of today, there is just no denying who the top player has been so far this year.
Auburn is rolling, and Newton is the spark that lights the fire. If eligible, this is all just nonsense. But the season is not over, and the case has just been opened.