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College Football Heisman Candidates Through Week 7

1. Cam Newton (38) There is really no way to dispute Newton’s presence at the top of the Heisman race after seven weeks of college football. He did whatever he wanted on Saturday against what was considered on Friday to be a very competent Arkansas defense. With the way Auburn’s entire offense runs through him, if the Tigers win out he’ll be as sure a thing as you can be to bring home the hardware in December.

2. LaMichael James (34) – James and his Oregon teammates were on bye last week, but his team’s ranking improved as a result of Wisconsin’s win over the Buckeyes. Like Newton, James’ chances are fully invested in his teams’ continued dominance, but this probably applies to James even more because he doesn’t have the luxury of handling the ball on every offensive play.

3. Kellen Moore (24) – Another week, another super-efficient performance by the under-hyped Moore. The Bronco’s QB went 14-16 for 231 yards and two touchdowns against San Diego State. But again, unless Boise State earns a berth in the BCS Championship, Moore’s chances of winning are slim to none because his teams’ weak schedule hurts him just as much as it hurts them.

4. Andrew Luck (16) – Stanford was on bye this past week as well, but Luck left everyone with a great performance in a late-game victory over USC in week five to remember. If the Cardinal can keep winning, Luck has an outside shot, but he may not have enough opportunities on national TV to make his case when it comes down to it.

5. Denard Robinson (8) – The season’s #1 Heisman contender fell from grace this week after a second straight game in which he failed to put up the eye-popping numbers the nation had come accustomed to over the first five weeks. It was also the second time this season that Shoelace was forced out of the game early without making a return. Michigan still has three or four national TV games left on its though. So, of the last three guys on this list, Robinson is the one who I think can get back in the real discussion because his statistical potential is insane enough to overcome 3-4 losses by his team.

1. Cam Newton
2. LaMichael James
3. Kellen Moore
4. Andrew Luck
5. Denard Robinson

1. Cam Newton
2. LaMichael James
3. Kellen Moore
4. Andrew Luck
5. Denard Robinson

1. LaMichael James
2. Cam Newton
3. Kellen Moore
4. Andrew Luck
5. Denard Robinson

1. Cam Newton
2. LaMichael James
3. Kellen Moore
4. Andrew Luck
5. Denard Robinson

You can check out our Heisman Candidate voting from last week.


Denard Robinson Is An Alien

What Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is doing this season is completely absurd. But you already know that. Everyone — from die-hard Michigan fans that have watched every yard he’s gained live to SEC and Big 12 homers that could care less about the Maize and Blue — has seen enough of Shoelace’s highlights and stats to know the kid is special. But how special is he really? I mean Pat White put up monster numbers too, right? Didn’t Vince Young re-write a couple record books? Yeah, they both did…but not like this.

Exhibit A – 2010
Five games into the 2010 season (and remember he played only 9 minutes of one of those games), Shoelace has amassed 1,008 yards passing, 905 yards rushing, and 15 total TDs.¬†At the end of the 2009 season (bowl games included) only SIX(!!!) quarterbacks had accumulated 1,000 yards passing and 900 yards rushing. DRob’s done it in a little less than 17 quarters of football. As a true sophomore, first-year starter. He’s an alien.

Exhibit B – All-Time
When you think of the all-time great dual-threat QBs, certain names come to mind. Vince Young, Tommy Frazier, Eric Crouch, Pat White, etc. Are you curious what the best statistical seasons for these guys looked like? I thought you were. Here they are (ranked by total yardage):

  1. Vince Young – (3036 passing, 1050 rushing)
  2. *Tim Tebow – (2895 passing, 910 rushing)
  3. Woody Dantzler – (2360 passing, 1004 rushing)
  4. Pat White – (1724 yards passing, 1335 yards rushing)
  5. *Troy Smith – (2282 passing, 611 rushing)
  6. Donovan McNabb – (2326 passing, 510 rushing)
  7. *Eric Crouch – (1510 passing, 1115 rushing)
  8. Michael Vick – (1840 passing, 580 rushing)
  9. Tommy Frazer – (1467 passing, 803 rushing)

*Player won the Heisman that season

As of now, almost half way through this — Denard’s first season as a starter — he projects to a final season of…are you ready for this?

Denard Robinson Р2620 passing & 2353 rushing (Seriously, he has to be an alien.)

Exhibit C – Heisman
Here are the complete statistics for the Top 5 Heisman Candidate quarterbacks in 2010 thus far:

-Comp – Att – Comp % – Yards – YPA – TD – INT – Sacks – Rating –
Denard Robinson 67 96 69.8 1008 10.5 7 1 1 179.97
Andrew Luck 93 148 62.8 1253 8.47 13 4 2 157.53
Terrelle Pryor 80 123 65 1015 8.25 12 3 8 161.67
Kellen Moore 75 113 66.4 1069 9.46 11 1 2 176.19
Cam Newton 57 87 65.5 928 10.67 12 4 7 191.44

Without even talking about rushing yards, Shoelace easily holds his own with the elite signal callers in college football. Unfortunately for everyone else…rushing yards are talked about. And he’ll have more than 1,000 after next weekend, the half-way point of the 2010 season. Cam Newton, the closest of the above by far, is sitting with a respectable — but incomparable — 364 yards. He’s gonna be the first alien to win the Heisman trophy.

Exhibit D – Just General What Have You

Robinson has now put together two games this season in which he ran and threw for more than 200 yards.

Notre Dame: 24-40 for 244, 1 TD; 28 – 258, 2 TD
Indiana: 10-16 for 277, 3 TD; 19 – 217, 2 TD

Only eight other people in the history of college football have EVER done this in one game, the above-mentioned Pat White and Vince Young included. Vince Young is the only other person to EVER do it twice in an entire career. Denard Robinson has done this in five games, in less than a half of his first season as a starting quarterback. Dude’s an alien…and he might just be a ninja too.

Warzecha –

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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