Countdown to the Heisman

Posted on November 7, 2011

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By Jeremy Sickel

With only four weeks left in the college football regular season, I figured it’s about time to start handicapping the Heisman trophy race. I’ll be updating the race weekly until selection Saturday.

5. Trent Richardson – Richardson is arguably the best pro prospect at the running-back position, but with no “Heisman” moment in what was tabbed by some as the game of the decade, I see his chances at the award suffered the same minor setback as Alabama’s National Championship hopes.

Season stats: 1,078 rushing yards and 17 rushing TDs, 292 receiving yards and 1 receiving TD.

4. Kellen Moore – Boise State seems to have off games here and there, minimizing Moore’s chances at having that monster game. But he is very consistent and has been on the radar for the award all year-long. If all goes as planned he should be one of the few invited to New York in December.

Season stats: 192-of-259 (74.1 percent) for 2,229 yards and 29 TDs, with 5 INTs – 4th in passing efficiency.

3. Justin Blackmon – What more can this kid do when opposing defenses game plan very heavily against him? His stats speak loudly for his case and as long as the Cowboys win and put up video game-esque numbers, Blackmon will be the only wide receiver in this discussion.

Season stats: 87 receptions, 1039 yards and 12 TDs.

2. Andrew Luck – To be anointed as the “Greatest QB prospect since Elway” and actually go out and justify the hype game in, and game out is pretty impressive. He just straps on his helmet and does his job flawlessly, but this weekend’s tilt with Oregon will go a long way in determining who deserves to pose with the trophy. If Luck falls flat like Richardson did against LSU, he might slip a couple notches on this list.

Season stats: 194-of-272 (71.3 percent) for 2,424 yards and 26 TDs, with 5 INTs – 147 yards and 2 TDs rushing – 5th in passing efficiency.

1. Case Keenum – Just looking at the stats, no one touches the quarterback of the high-flying Cougars. Couple that with Houston being undefeated and we might just have a very interesting discussion brewing leading up to the announcement of the winner. Keenum has been as consistent as Moore and Luck with the occasional out of this world game to boot. Speak down about his competition if you want but the disparity in the numbers pretty much squashes all that non-sense.

Season stats: 257-of-347 (74.1 percent) for 3,626 yards and 34 TDs, with 3 INTs – 2 TDs rushing – 2nd in passing efficiency

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