If Trent Richardson comes out and has a huge game against LSU, you can lock this Heisman up for him in my opinion. His statistics against SEC competition have been staggering. 989 yards with a 6.6 yards per carry average and 18 total touchdowns. The only guy in a major conference who seems to score more touchdowns than him (barely) is Wisconsin running back Montee Ball. Richardson is simply dominant and on a “limited” number of carries–at least compared to some other featured backs–he has put up staggering numbers.
2. Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Stanford
Got to see this guy on national television against a top 20 team with a young, fiery defense and a rowdy home crowd. He was flat out impressive and I think this guy deserves all the hype he gets. He picked apart USC from the second half on, finishing with 330 yards passing, three touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown, also flashing his prowess as a runner. This guy is the total package and is continually getting better by the week.
3. Case Keenum, Quarterback, Houston
Um, hello Case Keenum, welcome to the Heisman watch! Keenum has had a “quiet” season to this point, up until last week when he threw for 534 yards with a whopping nine touchdown passes to only one interception. He has the Cougars undefeated this season and he broke the all time record for touchdown passes in a career. On the year, he has completed 71.9 percent of his passes with 3,219 yards, 32 touchdown passes, and only two interceptions.
4. Robert Griffin III, Quarterback, Baylor
Griffin, we have not forgotten you–but you do have to step up your game a bit. He threw five touchdown passes against Kansas State, and since then, he’s thrown five touchdown passes in three games. He had his worst game of the season statistically against Oklahoma State, but he still has 26 total touchdowns on the year.
5. Landry Jones, Quarterback, Oklahoma
Jones is having a really strange season. He has nine interceptions, but he also has 28 total touchdowns. We know this guy can play, and we know he doesn’t get easily rattled. Still, what’s with all the picks? Jones had a big game against Kansas State, completing over 74 percent of his passes with five touchdowns.