The Heisman Trophy race, unfortunately, still has a cloud hanging over it. This cloud can quickly go away, and the NCAA isn’t the only ones that can blow that cloud away. The simple solution to the Cam Newton issue is for the Heisman Trust to provide a second ballot to Heisman voters and have them cast two votes. One ballot will be the standard ballot. The second will have the caveat to vote under the pretense that the NCAA concludes that Cam Newton accepted improper benefits and is declared ineligible for the 2010 season.
Certainly, no one wants to see another Reggie Bush situation five years from now. We have the technology now to make this happen and for there to be no future controversy or to have a second vacated Heisman Trophy. The Heisman Trust can get this done in a day.
PLAYERS WHO STOOD OUT: Cam Newton had 148 yards passing and 151 yards rushing to get Auburn a guaranteed spot in the SEC Championship game. He accounted for four touchdowns.
Kendall Hunter ran for over 100 yards and two touchdowns as Oklahoma State beat Texas for the first time in 12 years.
PLAYERS DROPPED: Denard Robinson. His rushing output has become pedestrian the last two weeks. His TD to Int ratio is 14:9, barely over 1.5:1. If he is able to guide Michigan to upset wins over Wisconsin and Ohio State, I will gladly welcome Robinson back on the list, but he has fizzled off down the stretch when other players are stepping it up.
PLAYERS TOEING THE LINE: None. I think these four will last to the finish.
PLAYERS ADDED: No players were added this week.
LaMichael James, Oregon
2009: 230 rushes, 1,546 yards, 14 TD
2010: 225 rushes, 1,422 yards, 17 TD
Last: 29 rushes, 91 yards, 0 TD
Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State
2009: 89 rushes, 382 yards, 1 TD
2010: 226 rushes, 1,356 yards, 16 TD
Last: 23 rushes, 116 yards, 2 TD
Kellen Moore, Boise State
2009: 277-431 (64.3%), 3,536 yards, 39 TD, 3 INT
2010: 174-242 (71.9%), 2,588 yards, 24 TD, 4 Int.
Last: 19-26 (73.1%), 216 yards, 3 TD, 0 Int.
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
Last: 12-15 (80.0%), 148 yards, 2 TD, 1 Int / 30 rush, 151 yards, 2 TD
ON THE RADAR: Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State; Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State, Andy Dalton, TCU.
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