College Football Rankings 2011: Top Heisman Hopefuls from the Top 25

Trevor LowryContributor IMarch 23, 2011

College Football Rankings 2011: Top Heisman Hopefuls from the Top 25

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    Although the top 25 rankings are not set in stone for the 2011 college football season, the top five players are pretty clear.

    With the exemption of Cam Newton, just about all of the top players from last year's season are going to be back.

    Not only are these five players the best on their teams, but they are the best in the nation as well and these players will be in the Heisman race all season long.

5. QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State

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    The Oklahoma State Cowboys just came off of a record season on offense with a total of 6,763 total yards and 573 points scored. QB Brandon Weeden was a huge part of this success. 

    Weeden threw for over 4000 yards and added 34 touchdowns in his breakout season with the Cowboys. 

    The Cowboys won a school-record 11 games last season and they look to be even better in the 2011 season.

    Brandon Weeden is going to compete as one of the best quarterbacks in all of college football next season. His numbers and success with the Oklahoma State Cowboys do not lie.

    The Cowboys are going to be one of the top teams in all of college football the whole season and with this, Weeden will be in the running for the Heisman Trophy as well.  

4. QB Kellen Moore, Boise State

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    So far in Kellen Moore's career, he has managed to throw for over 10,000 yards and 99 touchdown passes. Kellen Moore simply makes it rain out on the football field. 

    Although Boise State is not in a BCS conference, it could be time for a non-BCS player to win the Heisman Trophy. No one is more deserving than Kellen Moore.

    Since Moore has joined the Broncos, he has led them to 38 wins and only two loses. This is a great feat for anyone. 

    Moore is a proven winner and he knows how to play the game of football. 

    Moore is going to have an even better season than last year and not only is he going to be a Heisman Trophy finalist, but the Boise State Broncos are going to make a BCS Bowl.

3. QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma

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    Landry Jones was a beast last season for the Oklahoma Sooners. He threw for 38 touchdown passes and 4,718 yards. Not to mention, he led his team to a 12-2 record. 

    With the Sooners being the favorite in most people's preseason polls, they may also consider Jones being the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy. 

    Jones is going to have an even better season next year, with most of the offense returning. Most likely, the Sooners will be undefeated most of the season, which will help Landry's chances in winning the Heisman.

    Although Andrew Luck was the best quarterback in the nation last year, Jones will not only challenge Luck for this feat, but he will also challenge Luck as the number one pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

    Being on the best team, Landry Jones will put up monster numbers next season and will most likely be the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy.  

2. QB Andrew Luck, Standford

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    Andrew Luck was one of the finalists in last year's Heisman race and he finished second behind Auburn's Cameron Newton. 

    Although he was the best quarterback in college last year it will be hard to repeat his performance in 2011.

    With 3,338 yards and 32 touchdowns last season, Luck will most likely start the season off at the top of the Heisman List. 

    With this said, a lot of the offense from last year's Stanford team will not be returning and Luck will need to find some new targets. 

    Although Andrew Luck proved to be the best quarterback in the nation last season, other quarterbacks may have better seasons than him in the upcoming season. 

    Talent wise, Luck is the best quarterback. However, with a lot different team than last year, his numbers may not be the only thing that drops, but his team may not be as good either. 

1. RB LaMichael James, Oregon

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    LaMichael James is the only running back on this list due to the great amount of quality quarterbacks playing next season. This does not take away anything from James though.

    He is the best running back in all of college football and he will out run anyone who gets in his way. 

    In back to back seasons, James rushed for more than 1,500 yards and tacked on 35 rushing touchdowns in those seasons. 

    Once again, James will be on a very high-scoring offensive team that will contend for the National Championship.

    In terms of talent wise, James is probably the most talented football player in all of college football. Do not look for James to slow down in the 2011 season. He is going to have an amazing season with a very good Oregon team.