The Heisman Trophy has been under scrutiny in recent weeks, with the climax occurring just a few short months ago, when the 2005 recipient, Reggie Bush, forfeited his after an investigation revealed he accepted improper benefits during his time at USC.
Now, new investigations involving Auburn quarterback Cam Newton have put the NCAA in the same predicament.
In 2010, the preseason front-runners for the award included Washington quarterback Jake Locker, who many believed would have been the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, had he entered following his junior year.
This year's front-runners have changed dramatically over the first few weeks of the season, and this slideshow takes a look at the 2010 hopefuls.