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