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.

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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

  • GlennHendricks

    RG3 is the man.

    • http://NFLmocks.com Jesse Bartolis

      yes sir, he really is impressing this year

  • tydotten

    Love to hear your explanation of how Richardson is ahead of LaMichael in your little heisman voting. James has played in fewer games, yet has 120 more rushing yards and more recieving yards. He’s outrushing Richardson by 50 yards per game and 2.7 yards per carry! Oh and he’s #2 in the country in punt returns. He plays for a top 10 team and was #3 in the heisman last year, what more do you want the guy to do?

    Richardson is a great back and will probably make the better pro, but when ranking RBs in terms of Heisman ranking, it’s hard to see how you would give the nod to anybody not named LaMichael.

  • sayre111589

    To put it bluntly, I agree with you–if he was not going to miss games I would put him higher but unfortunately he is and I’m projecting a bit here. You make great points and I fully agree, but the injury is killing LaMichael. That, and this is his first time on our list this season.

  • GoDogGo

    Do you really think Griffin from Baylor is better than Keith Price from Washington? Compare the stats.

  • tydotten

    Thanks for the explanation. If the ducks loose one more game (4 more games against ranked opps including at #7 Stanford, plus Pac-12 Champioship game), and/or LaMichael misses more than 1 game, he will drop out of the running. But LMJ might play this week and I think the Ducks will run the table. Keep him up there.

    Lets just reiterate the fact that LaMichael is averaging 9 yards per carry this year, and 7 for his career! One of the most underrated RBs in college football history.