CRFF Heisman Watch: Week 1

NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 11: The 2010 Heisman Trophy is displayed prior to a press conference for Heisman Trophy candidates at The New York Marriott Marquis on December 11 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Oklahoma State has another chance at a Heisman winner in quarterback Brandon Weeden. To be fair, there are other athletes at other schools that are putting up some good numbers as well. Not all of them will be invited to NYC, but a few will. Heisman ballots are due Dec. 5 so players have 3 weeks left to impress. 

Here are 4 players that you'll likely see at the awards ceremony in Manhattan. 

1) QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State - Senior

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The frontrunner at this point. Weeden is 313/428 for 3,635 yards, 31 TD’s and 9 INT’s.  He’s got two nationally televised games left to close the deal @Iowa State and then Oklahoma in Stillwater to close out the year. There are other QB’s that have bigger numbers but none of them have the overall resume of Weeden. He's got a huge game against the Sooners to really showcase his ability to the voters. A win there and the award is his.  Wow, did I just type that?

2) RB LaMichael James, Oregon - Junior

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James has carried the ball 153 times for 1207 yards and 12 TD’s.  He leads the nation in rushing yards per game and averages an impressive 7.89 yards per carry. He came up big last week in the Ducks win against Stanford, rushing for 146 yards on a big stage. He’ll get another chance this weekend against USC, the following week against Oregon State and again December 12th in the Pac 12 Championship.

3) RB Trent Richardson, Alabama – Junior

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The junior from Alabama has carried the ball 204 times for 1205 yards and 19 touchdowns.  The stat that stands out to me though is that he’s been held to under 100 yards in three games this season. 19 touchdowns is impressive though.

4) QB Andrew Luck, Stanford - Senior

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Luck really hurt his chances at Heisman last weekend with the loss to Oregon. I still think he gets an invite  though. The senior from Stanford is 221/313 for 2,680 yards, 29 TDs, 7 INT’s. So he’s got few attempts, fewer yards and fewer interceptions than Weeden but he’s got a big name and plays at Stanford.  The next 3 weeks probably won’t do him any favors. There’s nothing  exciting about Stanford’s final two games against Cal and Notre Dame.  The loss to Oregon likely put an end to any Pac 12 Championship hopes. He won't win it, but he'll be there. 

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