For the fourth straight week Stanford’s Andrew Luck is on top of the Bloguin Heisman Poll that I am hosting over at Crystal Ball Run. Make sure you head over and see the complete breakdown of Week Eight of the Bloguin Heisman Poll. As we’ve done the last few weeks I figured I would share how the voters from our site voted in the poll. It sould be noted that Pete sent me an e-mail on Sunday hinting that he was voting for Case Keenum but when push came to shove Mr Keenum was nowhere to be found on his ballot…
#1 Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford- In the realm of college football, one player’s or team’s stock rises because another’s falls. Andrew Luck couldn’t get any higher than number one, but some of his competitors took a hit this week with losses: Russell Wilson and Landry Jones. Luck suddenly has a real chance of playing for the national championship. If he continues to win, he’s a shoe-in for this award and the top pick for Sunday football.
#2 Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama- Trent Richardson was a good tailback last year, arguably as good as previous Heisman winner and teammate Mark Ingram. He was slow to emerge this year but has quickly climbed in the rankings. A steady performance should keep him in contention but not likely to eclipse Andrew Luck. Question is … will he return for his senior year if he misses either the trophy or championship?
#3 Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State- Boise State may play a weak schedule, but Kellen Moore is a very good collegiate quarterback. He’s unlikely to start under center in the NFL, but that does not diminish his success at this level. He deserves to be mentioned among the top candidates for this prestigious award again this year.
#1 Trent Richardson, QB, Alabama- I’ve had TR at the #1 spot in my poll for the last 4 weeks after he had the big game against Florida. He didn’t have the best game against Tennessee this past week but he had 2 rushing TDs and now has 17 rushing TDs on the year. The only team he didn’t score a rushing TD against this year was Arkansas and Bama won that game 38-14. Oh yeah, he caught a TD pass in that game so actually has scored a TD in every game this season. LSU in a week and a half will be the game that will make or break Richardson’s Heisman candidacy.
#2 Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson- Clemson is undefeated and Boyd is having a fantastic year. Boyd leads the ACC in passing yards by 500 yards over the next competitor (2379 yards) and has an eye-popping TD:INT ratio of 24:3. If Clemson stays undefeated Boyd will start to garner some more consideration. The only negative for him in the Heisman race is the possibility of Clemson’s freshman phenom WR Sammy Watkins to possible take some of his votes.
#3 David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech- He’s the leading rusher in the FBS and the only game he hasn’t hit the century mark was a 26-7 win for the Hokies over Arkansas State. He’s been Mr Consistency for the Hokies while they’ve broken in Logan Thomas. Now that Thomas is starting to improve it’s just going to open the door more from Wilson. VT’s toughest games are behind them. If Virginia Tech goes onto the ACC Championship Game (which is probable) and Wilson stays the leading rusher in the Nation he’s going to start gathering some support.