College Football 2011: Taylor Martinez and 7 Dark Horse Heisman Candidates

TCorrespondent IIIJune 20, 2011

College Football 2011: Taylor Martinez and 7 Dark Horse Heisman Candidates

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback Taylor Martinez #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers rushes against Alameda Ta'amu #74 and Victor Aiyewa #41 of the Washington Huskies on September 18, 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Cornhuskers defeated t
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    Taylor Martinez had an okay freshman season as the Cornhuskers starting quarterback.

    His mobility serves him well as a dual threat. 

    However, an ankle injury hampered his mobility late in the season.

    The quarterback situations is questionable at Nebraska, but Martinez looks to have the early edge.

    Martinez is an exciting player, but it remains to be seen that he can sustain his performance over the course of an entire season.

Landry Jones

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to throw the ball against the Connecticut Huskies during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald M
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    We move on to Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones.

    Jones led the Sooners to the Big 12 title and a victory in the Fiesta Bowl against UCONN.

    Jones threw for over 4000 yards in 2010.

    Entering his junior season, Jones looks to take his game to the next level and build off his impressive bowl game performance.

Marcus Lattimore

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 4:  Running back Marcus Lattimore #21 of the South Carolina Gamecocks runs with the ball during the 2010 SEC Championship against the Auburn Tigers at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty I
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    Lattimore is one of the top backs in the SEC.

    This strong runner mows down defenders with his forceful running style.

    This unique talent possesses the strength and speed to become a force to be reckoned with for the Heisman.

Aaron Murray

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    ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Murray had an impressive freshman season in the SEC, throwing for nearly 3000 yards and 24 touchdowns.

    Murray has a great arm that is only going to get better with more experience under his belt.

Kellen Moore

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 22:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos warms up before playing against the Utah Utes in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State Won 26-3.  (Photo by Et
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    Moore has had three great seasons as the Broncos quarterback.

    However, Boise State still does not get the respect it deserves from voters, including Heisman voters.

    Maybe 2011 is the year for Boise?

LaMichael James

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks runs down field against the Auburn Tigers during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald M
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    LaMichael James has become one of the top running backs in college after two seasons.

    In a high powered offense, James is the X factor in both aspects of the offense.

    James can run by defenders with his blazing speed or side step on a dime.

Trent Richardson

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    AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Richardson came out from behind the shadow of Heisman winner Mark Ingram to have an impressive 2010 season.

    Richardson will be the main focus of the Alabama offense with Ingram and Greg McIlroy graduating.

    Whether he can carry the load will determine whether he remains in the Heisman discussion come November.

Andrew Luck

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal throws pass against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Stanford won 40-12. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty
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    No Heisman list for 2011 is complete without Andrew Luck.

    Bar none he is the top favorite to win the award.

    However, perhaps if he plays it safe to get to the next level injury free, the award could be up for grabs.

    If not, Luck is the front runner to take home the Heisman.