It was a quiet week on the Heisman Trophy front. Two of our four candidates had byes. No decision was reached by the NCAA, either.
PLAYERS WHO STOOD OUT: Kendall Hunter ran for over 100 yards, again, and now has more rushing yards than LaMichael James on the season. With James’ ankle injury, Hunter just might end the season on top. It was Hunter’s ninth 100 yard rushing game of the season.
PLAYERS DROPPED: Kellen Moore. To be cliché, Moore has been the model of efficiency, and that's not an exaggeration. His pass efficiency is way up in the stratosphere. His numbers aren’t that bad either. I am just not feeling it. I would probably vote for Denard Robinson before I voted for Moore. Moore has been phenomenal, but the Heisman is for the most outstanding player, and Moore doesn’t strike me as outstanding.
PLAYERS TOEING THE LINE: LaMichael James. You never want to see a guy lose the Heisman because of an injury, but the fact is if he can’t play these last two games, then he goes from a close second to an also ran.
PLAYERS ADDED: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State. He is playing near the Michael Crabtree level. Whether he catches five passes or 13, he has had 125 yards or more receiving in all 10 games that he has played. If the Cowboys play in the Big 12 championship game, it isn't unrealistic that he finish the year with 2,000 yards receiving.
LaMichael James, Oregon
2009: 230 rushes, 1,546 yards, 14 TD
2010: 225 rushes, 1,422 yards, 17 TD
Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State
2009: 89 rushes, 382 yards, 1 TD
2010: 248 rushes, 1,461 yards, 16 TD
Last: 22 rushes, 105 yards
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
2009: 20 receptions, 260 yards, 2 TD
2010: 94 receptions, 1,560 yards, 17 TD
Last: 10 receptions, 130 yards, 1 TD
Cameron Newton, Auburn
2009: Junior College
2010: 135-198 (68.2%), 2,038 yards, 21 TD, 6 Int / 206 rushes, 1,297 yards, 17 TD
ON THE RADAR: Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State; Kellen Moore, Boise State, Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State, Andy Dalton, TCU.
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