Top 5 Heisman Candidates For the 2011-2012 Season

Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IISeptember 2, 2011

Top 5 Heisman Candidates For the 2011-2012 Season

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    This Saturday will be (in my opinion) the REAL start of the college football season.

    I was watching Kirk Herbstreit giving his opinion on who will most likely win the prestigious Heisman trophy, and I thought maybe I should do the same on Bleacher Report.  

    Believe it or not, there are more than 100 Heisman candidates in the country, and it is improbable (not impossible), that one will win the award. I know some of you will probably have some questions about that statement and I will answer your questions in the comment section below. 

    Last year was the year of Cam Newton, this year will be...somebody's year. I have made a list of five prospects that I believe have the best chance of winning the Heisman. 

No. 5 Lamarcus Lattimore- South Carolina

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    Lamarcus "Beast Mode" Lattimore is in his sophomore year and everybody is expecting big things from him.  

    People have a lot of expectations for South Carolina this year and Lattimore is a big reason for that. He was third in the SEC in rushing yards last year, third in rushing touchdowns in the SEC, and third on his team in receiving yards.  

    Last year Lattimore was one of the best running backs in arguably the toughest conference, and he was only a true freshman at the time.

    I expect Lattimore to improve in his second year.

No. 4 Trent Richardson- Alabama

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    Trent Richardson is getting his chance to shine after a couple of years backing up Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram.  

    Trent Richardson will get a lot of carries because of the quarterback situation with A.J McCaron and Phillip Sims.   

    I expect Trent Richardson to be top five in the country in rushing yards, carries, and rushing touchdowns.

No. 3 LaMichael James-Oregon

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    LaMichael James is one of the fastest players in the country and he plays in a fast-paced offense.  James is an all around back. He can not only run the ball, but he can catch it out of the back field as well.  

    If Oregon can go undefeated during the season there is absolutely no doubt that James will be in this race.   

    I expect 20 to 25 total touchdowns from James.

No. 2 Kellen Moore-Boise State

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    Kellen Moore is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in college football history. Bad games are very rare for him. He was in the Heisman race last year after throwing 35 touchdowns ,6 interceptions, and having a completion percentage of 71.3. In other words, he is pretty darn good. 

    Moore is not a 6'5" quarterback with a rocket arm. He is 6' and his arm strength is questionable at times. A lot of people say that he is just another system quarterback. In my opinion every quarterback needs a certain system in order to be great.  

    Moore will have a season like he did last year and if Boise State does well, Moore is an automatic top five Heisman candidate. 

No. 1 Andrew Luck-Stanford

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    Andrew Luck passed up the opportunity to become the No. 1 overall pick last year. That might have been a wise choice.  

    Yes, Jim Harbaugh left for the NFL, but Luck will still be playing in the same offense under new head coach David Shaw, last year's offensive coordinator.  

    Luck had a 70.7 completion percentage, 32 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions last year.

    I believe that the Bengals new quarterback... I mean the future No. 1 overall pick will have 45+ touchdowns this season.