The Heisman Trophy is the most coveted individual award in college sports. The trend as of late has been that team success is taken into consideration. As a result, I have listed five potential Heisman candidates that play for teams ranked in the top 25.
Players on teams that suffered defeat this week have slipped out of my top five list. However, there are still many games left to be played, but keep your eyes on these five players.
Coming into the season, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Andrew Luck was going to win the Heisman trophy. To this point, he has not put up the jaw dropping numbers that some might have expected. However, this is because he has not needed too.
A perfect example is this week’s game versus Washington. The Cardinals dismantled the Huskies, who came into the game ranked 25th in the nation. Stanford won the game 65-21.
Luck was a modest 16-of-21 for 168 yards and two touchdowns. While those stats were not overwhelming, he also led Stanford to their seventh win this season without a defeat. They are now ranked fourth in the AP poll.
For the season, Luck has completed 71.8 percent of his passes for 1,888 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has only thrown three interceptions and has a quarterback rating of 180.0.
The Broncos needed a late game push to finish of the Air Force Academy this weekend, but Kellen Moore was once again solid. Moore completed 23-of-29 passes for 281 yards. He completed three touchdown passes despite giving up a rare interception.
Moore won his 45th game as a starting quarterback with the win. In doing so, he tied Colt McCoy with the most wins by a quarterback in NCAA history.
On the season, Moore has completed 76.3 of his passes for 2,010 yards and 24 touchdowns.
As a freshman wide receiver, Sammy Watkins is unlikely to win the Heisman Trophy. However, he deserves, at minimum, to be a finalist. Not only is Clemson undefeated and in the national championship hunt, but Watkins is dominating the competition along the way.
Watkins had another solid game this week when he caught eight passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. For the season, he has 819 yards and nine touchdowns. Compare that to Julio Jones, who finished last season with just over 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns.
If Watkins can stay healthy, he might end up with one of the best freshman seasons for any wide receiver in NCAA history.
Brandon Weeden is a long shot to get an invitation to New York for the Hesiman announcement. However, if the Cowboys can keep winning, it is not out of the question. The Cowboys are now ranked third in the AP poll.
Weeden has more yards passing than both Kellen Moore and Andrew Luck. At 2,436 yards passing, it is not even close. He also has more touchdown passes than Luck and has played more difficult competition than Moore.
It is time for the voters to wake-up and see that Wheeler should be a legit contender. With Baylor, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma left on the schedule, there is still time to make a splash.
Trent Richardson was unable to break the Alabama football record for consecutive 100 yard games this week. Last week, he tied Shaun Alexander’s record of six straight games. While it would have been nice for Richardson to hold their record on his own, next week is all that is on his mind.
If Richardson can have a big game against the LSU Tigers, not only will he be in great position for the Heisman, but he will also have his team primed for their second national championship game in three seasons.
This week, Richardson rushed for 77 yards on 17 carries and caught three passes for 33 yards. He also had two touchdowns in the game. As a result, Richard only needs 11 yards for his first career 1,000 yard season.
For the season, Richardson has 1,201 total offensive yards and 18 touchdowns.