College Football Preseason Rankings 2011: Could Another Woodson Win the Heisman?
It may appear to be rather far-fetched at first glance, but 2011 has two Charles Woodson-esque type players that have an outside shot at the Heisman Trophy.
We’ll begin with the more known, DB Cliff Harris of the No. 3 Oregon Ducks.
After the 2010 season, Harris had compiled 30 tackles, but more impressively, six interceptions returned for 92 yards and one TD. Now let’s take a gander at his returning stats: 546 total yards on 34 punt returns, for an average of 16 yards, including four TDs. He also returned seven kickoffs for 143 yards, including a long of 47 yards.
If Harris (providing that he keeps his head on straight) puts up those numbers, if not better, he is a solid Heisman candidate.
Now for the other potential nominee, we move across the country to DB Greg Reid of the No. 6 Florida State Seminoles.
Even though Reid is now as accomplished as Harris, he still has excellent potential for 2011. In 2010, Reid amassed 61 tackles (51 solo) forced three fumbles, and picked off three passes. As for punt returning, he totaled 314 yards on 43 punts, for an average of 7.3 yards, including one TD. On kickoffs, he returned 31 times for 742 yards, averaging out to 24 yards per return.
And you can anticipate him being even better in all areas this season.
Both have an outside shot, as the QBs are overloaded with talent this year.
However, don’t discount them just because they play defense and are return specialists.
-- John Rozum
|Team (first-place votes)
|1. Oklahoma (36)||12-2|
|2. Alabama (17)
|3. Oregon (4)
|4. LSU (1)||11-2|
|5. Boise State (2)||12-1|
|6. Florida State||10-4|
|8. Texas A&M||9-4|
|9. Oklahoma State||11-2|
|12. South Carolina||9-5|
|13. Virginia Tech||11-3|
|16. Notre Dame||8-5|
|17. Michigan State||11-2|
|18. Ohio State||12-1|
|20. Mississippi State||9-4|
|24. West Virginia||9-4|
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