The Heisman race is starting to heat up and there are only two running backs who seem like legit contenders at this point. Oregon’s LaMichael James and Alabama’s Mark Ingram. Expect James to make a real push to the top 5 if he continues what he’s done so far this year. What’s interesting is James is projected to have a better season then Ingram did last year when Ingram won the Heisman trophy.
Of course its not just about the stats. Players are expected to win and win big games. So far Oregon’s LaMichael James is doing both. Just take a look at the stats James has piled up so far and how they project across the entire season.
|Through 5 Weeks of the 2010 Season||-GP||– Att||– Rush Yds||– Rush Avg||– TD –|
|Heisman Season and 2010 Projected||-GP||– Att||– Rush Yds||– Rush Avg||– TD –|
|Mark Ingram 2009||271||1658||6.1||17|
|LaMichael James 2010 (Proj)||214||1709||8.0||17|
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.
*Currently I have James ranked 6th in the Heisman race. If he plays well through October with televised games against UCLA & USC I would easily put him in one of the top 2 spots.