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Heisman Candidates Through Nov 1

It's Cam's Heisman to lose

1. Cam Newton – 40

The Cam Newton train just keeps rolling.  Newton pulled a new trick out of his Heisman bag with a touchdown reception along with two passing touchdowns against Ole Miss.  As the stats keep piling up, it will take a major letdown for the Auburn QB to not take the prestigious trophy come December.

2. LaMichael James – 32

If you read this blog, then you already know that we love James.  His stats compare very favorably to Mark Ingram’s Heisman winning numbers from last year.  Unfortunately, he’s up against the ridiculous season of Newton.  But this could definitely help his cause – 239 yards, 3 tds.  Those are James’ stats against USC last Saturday giving him his third 200-yard game of the season.  Unreal.

3. Kellen Moore – 18

In a weird twist, Moore was able to put up the same touchdown combination as Newton.  However, I think we can all agree that it wasn’t quite as exciting.  Moore continues to put up good stats and keep his team in the hunt to bust the BCS.  Unless he starts putting up even bigger stats, Moore will be giving a congratulatory handshake to Newton or James in NYC.

4. Andrew Luck – 16

Luck didn’t have a huge game but against an average Washington team that wasn’t required.  One thing to note though was his rushing yards.  Luck racked up 91 yards and a touchdown on the ground.  His mobility and strong arm have him firmly in the race for the third spot with Moore.  If Stanford wins the Pac-10 and Luck continues to outpace Moore in key passing stats, look for him to own the third spot behind Newton and James, respectively.

5. Denard Robinson – 10

Mr. Robinson makes his return to the top five after a great performance against Penn State.  Unfortunately, Michigan’s defense can’t make the same claim.  Shoelace put up 380 total yards and 4 touchdowns in the loss.  His play continues to keep him in the Heisman conversation and while he probably won’t take him the coveted prize, he will definitely finish the season with his name to several records.
Edwards

  1. Newton
  2. James
  3. Moore
  4. Luck
  5. Robinson

Cook

  1. Newton
  2. James
  3. Moore
  4. Luck
  5. Robinson

Thompson

  1. Newton
  2. James
  3. Luck
  4. Martinez
  5. Moore

Warzecha

  1. Newton
  2. James
  3. Robinson
  4. Moore
  5. Luck
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College Football Heisman Candidates Through October 25th

Heisman Front Runner - Cam Newton

1. Cam Newton – 40

Seriously. You can hate him all you want, but you cannot deny how great Cam Newton is in this Gus Mahlzan offense. He reminds me of what Terrelle Pryor would be if he had gone to play for Rich Rodriguez at Michigan, and if he had any heart or work ethic….and I digress. Newton’s 200+ yards rushing against the ridiculously stout run defense of LSU put him in an entire class by himself after 8 weeks of college football. Even if Auburn loses to Alabama in the last week of the season, as long as Newton doesn’t completely crap the bed, I can’t see how he gets caught by any of the below.

2. LaMichael James – 32

James put up big numbers against UCLA, but more importantly he did it on national television for the number number 2 team in the BCS. Everyone got to see how quick, shifty, and explosive he is, but I actually couldn’t help but think that he looks like just another really talented guy in an offense that provides 8 touchdowns every week for someone to claim. I’m probably alone there though, and as long as the Ducks continue to win he will remain as the only guy with a chance to catch Newton.

3. Kellen Moore – 22

Somehow I feel like Moore was less boring this week while he and the Broncos were on bye. Nevertheless, his numbers are very efficient, if not gaudy, and his team remains in the mix for the national title. He could use a few monster games from here on out though. I mean, that’s what system QB’s have going for them right? Huge numbers? At this point his yardage and touchdown totals are far from mind-blowing, but his completion percentage and touchdown-to-interception ratio is downright awesome.

4. Justin Blackmon – 10

This is Blackmon’s first appearance in the Illegal Shift Heisman poll, and we’re probably a bit late giving him the respect he deserves. In 7 games, Blackmon has racked up 45 catches for 809 yards and 11 touchdowns!! That is ridiculous. A couple years ago when Dez Bryant got Heisman love, he finished the entire season with 62 catches for 1,112 and 14 TDs. Blackmon, with 5 more games, will easily surpass those numbers. He’s legit, and he’s only a sophomore.

5. Andrew Luck – 10

I think Luck gets a bit overlooked because most people not on the west coast have probably not seen him play an entire game. He’s a really good quarterback, and he’s put up really good numbers this season. However, he’s thrown more interceptions than Moore (5 to 1), has a lower completion percentage (66.5% to 69.5%), and his team is not undefeated. I’m sure he’ll be happy to trade Moore the better chance at a Heisman though, for his current chances to be the top quarterback taken in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Andy

  1. Newton
  2. James
  3. Moore
  4. Luck
  5. Robinson

Jacob

  1. Newton
  2. James
  3. Moore
  4. Blackmon
  5. Martinez

Thompson

  1. Newton
  2. James
  3. Moore
  4. Luck
  5. Martinez

Warzecha

  1. Newton
  2. James
  3. Blackmon
  4. Moore
  5. Luck

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.

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

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

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

Warzecha
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.

LaMichael James – A Heisman Candidate

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 –
Mark Ingran 3 83 487 5.9 3
LaMichael James 4 89 712 8.0 7
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.