Andrew Luck, LaMichael James, Trent Richardson, and Kellen Moore. These names belong to 2011 Heisman hopefuls. When talking about college football, everyone knows that they will likely be receiving invitations to New York this winter. However, preseason rankings do not always lead to on-field results.
One bad game or devastating injury could change everything. Beyond that, a player can come along and have a monster season, taking the trophy away from said hopefuls. Not many people predicted Cam Newton as a Heisman finalist last season. However, he took the country by storm and won the trophy in a landslide.
Even though Newton put together a strong 2010 campaign, it is hard to imagine any player sneaking into the Heisman conversation this year. Nevertheless, college football history shows that a player can make a big splash in any Heisman conversation, despite the hype. That is why these preseason rankings mean very little come December.
The names listed above were among the preseason favorites last year. However, looking back, it's amazing to see how many more names were preseason hopefuls. What happened? Each and every one of those players either fell off the map, had terrible seasons or sustained injuries that moved them out of the Heisman conversation.
The following are ten names that could make headlines and crash the Heisman party in 2011.