Countdown to the Heisman Week 3

Posted on November 20, 2011

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By Jeremy Sickel

The Heisman race is as clouded as the BCS race sans LSU, so I am introducing a “Just Missed” portion this week to let everyone know who all I gave thought to.

5. Robert Griffin III – Baylor may be a 3-loss team, but RG3 is the sole reason the number isn’t twice as high. The big win – and big game – versus Oklahoma has brought his name back into this discussion, but it might be too late to garner much consideration.

Season Stats: 245 for 336 (72.9%) for 3,572 yards and 33 TDs with 5 INTs , 2nd in passing efficiency; 550 rushing yards and 5 TDs

4. Trent Richardson – The Alabama running back is back on the list thanks to a huge game this past weekend and some bad losses by the teams of other contenders. Still the best prospect at his position in the next NFL draft, Richardson is almost sure to be invited to the presentation.

Season Stats: 1,386 rushing yards and 20 TDs, 26 receptions for 322 yards and 2 TDs

3. Andrew Luck – The Stanford quarterback has shown his human side these past couple of games, but the numbers still indicate that he belongs on this list. He gets a boost from all of the pre-season hype and the name on the front of his jersey too.

Season Stats – 241 for 344 (70.3%) for 2,937 yards and 31 TDs with 8 INTs, 5th in passing efficiency; 133 rushing yards and 2 TDs

2. Montee Ball – The Wisconsin running back now has 6 games in which he has totaled 3 TDs or more. If the Badgers had simply won one of the two games they lost, Ball might be at the top of this list.

Season Stats: 1,466 rushing yards and 25 TDs, 16 receptions for 233 yards and 5 TDs

1. Case Keenum – The Houston quarterback has put up very pedestrian numbers, by his own lofty standards, since his 534 yard, 9 TD performance against Rice a few weeks back, but by being the signal caller for one of the two remaining undefeated teams, Keenum is still at the top of the list. He will probably need another huge game to keep him here in the eyes of the voters though.

Season Stats: 309 for 421 (73.4%) for 4269 yards and 38 TDs and 3 INTs, 3rd in passing efficiency; 54 rushing yards and 3 TDs

Just Missed – Matt Barkley, Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon, Colin Klein and Russell Wilson

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