College Football 2011: Heisman Trophy Watch Heading into Week 5
We're getting closer and closer to the midseason point of the college football season, and our Top 10 Heisman Trophy list is getting even harder to narrow down to a mere 10 guys.
There are so many deserving names worthy of cracking the list and so many guys who have thrown up big numbers through five weeks.
With that being said, let's take a look at this week's movers and shakers as we count down our Top 10 Heisman Trophy contenders heading into Week 5.
10. Justin Blackmon
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Last Week's Result: 11 receptions, 119 yards, one touchdown
2011 Season Stats: 31 receptions, 391 yards, three touchdowns
Last Week's Ranking: Not ranked
Blackmon appears back in the rankings this week after dropping out the prior week thanks to the Cowboys having a week off.
He narrowly edged Nebraska's Taylor Martinez, Florida's Chris Rainey and Houston's Case Keenum for the final spot in the rankings.
He's earning the title of best receiver in the nation, putting up another fantastic season in which he's on pace to eclipse 100 catches and 1,000 yards for the second consecutive year.
9. Trent Richardson
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Last Week's Result: 123 yards rushing, 85 yards receiving, one touchdown
2011 Season Stats: 440 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns
Last Week's Ranking: NR
The Alabama work horse makes his first appearance back in the Top 10 since Week 1. He's starting to get on a roll, eclipsing the 100-yard mark in each of the past three weeks and has already found the end zone a whopping 10 times.
8. Brandon Weeden
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Last Week's Result: 437 yards passing, two touchdowns
2011 Season Stats: 1,222 passing yards, seven touchdowns
Last Week's Ranking: NR
Another week in the books and another school record broken for Weeden. His numbers are insane, but it's not just the stats for Weeden, he's now winning big games as evident by Oklahoma State's big comeback victory over Texas A&M.
7. Denard Robinson
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Last Week's Result: 93 passing yards, 200 rushing yards, three touchdowns
2011 Season Stats: 627 passing yards, 598 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns
Last Week's Ranking: No. 5
Robison's rushing numbers are out of this world and he's leading the Wolverines to wins which is big. He may be the most exciting player in the game today, but his lack of passing numbers worry me a bit. He's been held to under 100 yards in the air in three of Michigan's four games.
6. Landry Jones
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Last Week's Result: 447 yards passing, four touchdowns
2011 Season Stats: 1,005 passing yards, seven touchdowns
Last Week's Ranking: No. 4
It's hard to imagine losing ground on a day where you throw for over 400 yards and four scores, but that's what happened to Jones this week as a couple other guys have made a big jump due to consistent big games week in and week out.
It was good to see Jones have his first big week of the season, and he should be back on the rise before long.
5. Andrew Luck
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Last Week's Result: No Game
2011 Season Stats: 785 passing yards, nine touchdowns
Last Week's Ranking: No. 3
Luck was enjoying a week off this week, so there was no opportunity for him to regain the No. 1 spot he held for the first three weeks of the season. Yet with several big performances from a few others, he drops a couple more spots this week.
As Stanford enters Pac-12 play, Luck should be on his way back up the charts.
4. Russell Wilson
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Last Week's Result: 345 yards passing, three touchdowns
2011 Season Stats: 1,129 passing yards, 12 touchdowns
Last Week's Ranking: No. 7
Wilson has turned in four great weeks to start the season and gets a big bump all the way up to No. 4. He's been a big difference maker and his consistency and playmaking ability is a major reason why the Badgers have the chance to contend for a title in 2011.
3. Kellen Moore
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Last Week's Result: 279 yards passing, four touchdowns
2011 Season Stats: 1,003 passing yards, 12 touchdowns
Last Week's Ranking: No. 2
Moore had another big week in Boise State's victory over Tulsa, throwing four more touchdown passes. He slips a spot this week, but not because his own doing.
As great as Moore is though, it may be difficult for him to get any higher than No. 2 for a while until the Broncos play a bigger game.
2. Robert Griffin
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Last Week's Result: 329 passing yards, 65 rushing yards, six touchdowns
2011 Season Stats: 944 passing yards, 168 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns
Last Week's Ranking: No. 6
Griffin has built off of his big Week 1 game against TCU and hasn't slowed down yet. In the process, he's led the Baylor Bears to a 3-0 start to season.
His three-game stat line is more impressive than most of the guys who have played four games up to this point.
1. Marcus Lattimore
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Last Week's Result: 79 rushing yards, 73 receiving yards, two touchdowns
2011 Season Stats: 620 rushing yards, 169 receiving yards, nine touchdowns
Last Week's Ranking: No. 1
For the second consecutive week, the sophomore running back holds the top spot in the rankings. Right now he's having possibly the best season of anyone in the nation and his importance to a 4-0 South Carolina team is unmeasurable.
He's close to averaging 200 combined yards per game, and if Lattimore can keep this pace up he could have a season for the ages.