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Heisman Trophy 2011: Russell Wilson and 4 Players Whose Stock Is Falling

Bob BajekAnalyst IIIOctober 24, 2011

Heisman Trophy 2011: Russell Wilson and 4 Players Whose Stock Is Falling

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    The 2011 Heisman Trophy race is heating up.

    Players like Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Alabama running back Trent Richardson are solidifying their candidacy, while Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson and others are falling behind.

    Besides Wilson, who else is falling out of the race? Find out by reading the following slides.

Oklahoma State Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon

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    Oklahoma State junior wide receiver Justin Blackmon started the season with 450 yards and four touchdowns. He had 38 catches and had 100 yards or more in three games.

    The next three weeks, defenses have been tougher on Blackmon.

    While he does have four touchdowns, he has just 23 catches for 212 yards.

    Overall, he has 662 yards and eight scores.

    Those are solid numbers, but not when there are others with better stats such as Oklahoma's Ryan Broyle (899 yards, nine touchdowns) and Clemson's Sammy Watkins (819 yards, nine touchdowns).

Oklahoma Quarterback Landry Jones

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    Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones has been nothing but impressive in 2011.

    The junior has 2,589 passing yards for 21 touchdowns against seven picks.

    He led the Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) to a No. 3 AP ranking and had Oklahoma dreaming of a National Championship. But then Oklahoma lost 41-38 at home to Texas Tech (5-2, 2-2). That dropped the Sooners to No. 11 and they lost five places in the BCS standings.

    Even though Landry tossed five scores and 412 yards against the Red Raiders, Heisman quarterbacks are also evaluated by leading their teams to the top, something Jones failed to do on Saturday.

Oregon Running Back LaMichael James

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    Oregon junior running back LaMichael James was one of the Heisman favorites this season.

    Last year's runner-up for the Heisman, James exploded for 895 yards on only 95 attempts (a 9.0 yards per carry average) while having eight rushing touchdowns and a receiving score.

    James, though, received a nasty dislocation to his right elbow against California. He has missed two games and could still miss more time.

    If James is not on the field, he will lose precious time to woo the voters.

Wisconsin Quarterback Russell Wilson

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    Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson had the Badgers in title contention through six weeks.

    The Badgers (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) were ranked No. 4 in the AP Top 25 and No. 6 in the BCS standings.

    Wilson had 1,557 passing yards for 14 touchdowns and one pick at one point this year.

    The senior, though, had a rough game against No. 9 Michigan State (6-1, 3-0). Wilson was 14-for-21 for 223 yard and two touchdowns, but the Spartans picked Wilson off twice.

    His Badgers lost 37-31, effectively ending their title hopes.

    Wisconsin dropped to No. 12 in the AP polls and No. 15 in the BCS standings.

    Bob Bajek is a writing intern at Bleacher Report. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed at Patch.com and Twitter.

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