Heisman Watch Week Seven: Oregon RB LaMichael James Enters Top Five

Robert Griffin is still clinging to the top spot even after a "down" week

1. Robert Griffin III, Quarterback, Baylor

Man, was Griffin awful last week against Iowa state, only completing 73.3 percent of his passes for a mere 212 yards, also rushing for 107 yards and accounting for two touchdowns (sarcasm). In all honesty, the play by Griffin this season has been nothing short of spectacular, and even in a down performance he manages to remind everyone that he can not only throw the ball, but he’s got some legs.

2. Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Stanford

Luck has been impressive all year long, and had arguably his best game of the season when John Elway and  Tiger Woods were on the sideline. Luck is a dominant player who has been getting pulled at the end of games and is still putting up huge numbers for the Cardinal. His 370 yards were just short of a career high, and his two interceptions this season were on tipped passes. He is truly a surgeon out there for Stanford.

 

3. Trent Richardson, Running Back, Alabama

Richardson is probably the most dominant running back in all of college football right now. Alabama is definitely slightly limiting his carries (only 115 through six games) but he still ranks near the top of the country with 729 yards on the ground, 11 touchdowns, a 6.3 yards per carry average, and a receiving touchdown for the cherry on top. Unbelievable talent and constantly getting better.

 

4. LaMichael James, Running Back, Oregon

James just got hurt, but he is arguably the hottest player in the country right now with three straight games over 200 yards rushing. He’s averaging a whopping nine yards per carry and is showing he has a knack for the big play with six touchdowns in the last three games. He dislocated his elbow against Cal at the end of the game, so we will monitor his progress in that regard but he was in good spirits after the game.

 

5. Landry Jones, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Jones is back on the list after a phenomenal performance in the Red River Shootout against Texas. Jones passed for over 300 yards in the first half, finishing with 367 yards and three touchdowns. He is one of the best and most pro-ready quarterbacks in the country who rarely gets rattled if he makes a mistake.

 

6. Russell Wilson, Quarterback, Wisconsin

Wilson had a bye week so he wasn’t able to put on another show for everyone, but he has been arguably the most improved player this season and undoubtedly the best offseason addition for any team in all of college football. He is the MVP of the best team in the Big Ten, and should see a big rise in his draft stock.

Tags: Alabama Crimson Tide Andrew Luck Baylor Bears Heisman Watch LaMichael James Landry Jones Oklahoma Sooners Oregon Ducks Robert Griffin III Russell Wilson Stanford Cardinal Trent Richardson Wisconsin Badgers

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