We’re a few weeks into the season and, as far as Heisman voting goes, we’re starting to see the contenders separate themselves from the pretenders. Denard Robinson wasn’t even expected to be the starting quarterback for Michigan at the end of last season, but a rockin’ first week performance against UConn and the sophomore has taken over both the signal calling for the Wolverines and the Heisman race.
Jacory Harris was an interesting pick for the prestigious award at the start of the season, but inconsistency has plagued the junior yet again from being a real contender.
Enough babbling. Here’s my top five Heisman candidates heading into week six. Also, feel free to tell me where I’m wrong and by how much.
1). Denard Robinson, QB Michigan.
Perhaps no single player has meant more to his team’s success than Robinson. The true sophomore has already totaled nearly 2000 yards single handily and 15 touchdowns. Despite a knee injury suffered against Bowling Green, Robinson has showed his toughness by coming back and throwing up another NCAA Football 11-like performance against Indiana, accounting for nearly 500 yards. On stats alone Robinson deserves recognition, but I feel what separates Robinson is what he means to the success of his team.
2) Kellen Moore, QB Boise State.
WAC or no WAC, Moore is the real deal and, like Robinson, provides a tremendous amount of value to the success of his team. The junior continues to show that size isn’t everything when it comes to being a big-time quarterback. His 1000 yards passing and 11 touchdowns only tell a portion of Moore’s story. He is poised, confident he can make all the throws and has a high football I.Q. In other words, he has the intangibles.
3) Mark Ingram, RB Alabama.
Ingram was absent for the Tide’s first two games of the year, but boy did he come back with a vengeance. There was a lot of talk about Trent Richardson and how the sophomore was even better than Ingram, but the star running back showed in a comeback win against Arkansas that there was a reason he was the reigning Heisman recipient. Ingram has 355 yards and 6 touchdowns thus far and has broken the 100-yard mark twice.
4) LaMichael James, RB Oregon.
After his one-game suspension, James has demonstrated a lethal combination of speed and toughness for a smaller back. His numbers, again, resemble video games more than reality, but what really impresses me about James is his ability to keep his legs churning and pick up the tough yards between the numbers.
5) Tim Tebow, QB Florida.
Even after moving on the NFL, the media-anointed GOAT is still receiving votes. Tebow did not play in Denver’s win over the Tennessee Titans, but we’re sure the former Gator helped his team through prayer.
Just missed the cut, but keep your eye on ’em: Patrick
Patterson Peterson, DB LSU, Andrew Luck, QB Stanford, Terrelle Pryor, QB ‘the’ Ohio State University.