Heisman Trophy Candidates Through Week 5

Illegal Shift Heisman Poll – Week 5

1. Denard Robinson (4) – 40 pts
Robinson notched his second 200/200 game of the young season passing for 277 yards and 3 scores and running for 217 yards and 2 more TDs on only 19 carries (11.4 ypc). On his first touch of the game, he took a QB draw 73 yards to the house. Oh yeah, and he also led the Michigan offense on a game-winning 77-yard TD drive in the final minute of the game…again. Guy is a complete freak show.

2. Terrelle Pryor – 26 pts
Pryor went down and into the locker room with an apparently minor injury, but still scored twice through the air and ran for over 100 yards on 11 carries (9.5 ypc). A mere 76 yards passing and one interception made it a pretty pedestrian performance though, all things considered. Still, if the Buckeyes can avoid being upset, Pryor will continue to remain in the mix all the way to NYC.

3(Tie). Kellen Moore – 16 pts
Moore tossed three touchdown passes and 196 yards while completing over 70% of his passes against over-matched New Mexico State. The touchdowns were nice, but he could have used some additional yardage considering the competition. And with Oregon jumping the Broncos in the latest rankings – making Boise State’s inclusion in the BSC championship game even less likely – Moore’s chances to win the prize took a decent hit.

3(Tie). LaMichael James – 16 pts
James had a monster game in what was by far Oregon’s biggest match-up of the season to date, rushing for 257 yards on 31 carries (8.3 ypc). The win was a huge one for Oregon, who used it to vault to #3 in the country and one Alabama/Ohio State loss from controlling its own destiny for the national title. If Oregon Keeps winning, James will be a very legitimate threat.

5(Tie). Cam Newton – 10 pts
Newton, like Moore, played a total cupcake and probably lost out on some stat-padding because of the blowout that ensued. Still, Newton threw for 245 yards to go along with three touchdowns and one interception. Newton has been sort of like a “poor man’s” Denard Robinson so far this season, but he could close the gap if Auburn pulls off some big wins against Arkansas and Alabama later in the season.

5(Tie). Mark Ingram – 10 pts
Ingram only carried the ball 12 times in the big tilt against Florida for 47 yards (4 ypc). He did have two touchdowns – the first two of the game – to spruce up an otherwise underwhelming game, but given the rest of the talent on Alabama’s offense, Ingram’s gong to need more than 12 carries to have a chance to go back to back.

Edwards Cook Thompson Warzecha
10pts Denard Robinson Denard Robinson Denard Robinson Denard Robinson
8pts Terrelle Pryor Terrelle Pryor LaMichael James LaMichael James
6pts Kellen Moore Patrick Peterson Kellen Moore Cam Newton
4pts Mark Ingram Kellen Moore Terrelle Pryor Mark Ingram
2pts Cam Newton Cam Newton Mark Ingram Terrelle Pryor
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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Warzecha on October 4, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Kellen Moore literally has no chance of winning the Heisman. None. Where’s his “moment” going to come from? A last drive against Idaho?


    • Posted by Warzecha on October 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm

      Too bad everyone but you has forgotten it. You’ll forget it to pretty soon…he’s doomed.


    • Posted by Warzecha on October 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm

      LOL…I didn’t even click the video at first. I assumed it was some drive at the end of the Va Tech game. You are right. That was quite a memorable moment.


  2. Posted by Thompson on October 4, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    LaMichael James is gonna take it home. Oregon will go undefeated and hang 70 on everybody.


  3. Posted by Joel on October 4, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    one of these things is not like the other:

    Michigan, Auburn, Alabama, Oregon, Boise State


  4. […] If LaMichael James can continue his success and if Oregon can continue their success then expect James to catapult towards the top of the Heisman race. Although James may be playing for second place if Michigan’s Denard Robinson keeps racking up stats the rest of the season. LaMichael James sits *3rd in the Illegal Shift Heisman Poll through 5 weeks. […]


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