Our good friends over at RSS have been doing the Heisman ballot all season long for Bloguin, and since it was thanksgiving week last week, I want to thank them for that. I have wanted to be on the Heisman trust my entire life for some very weird reasons I don't know, and this has been my opportunity. Unfortunately, the race hasn't been as crazy as it could have been. We've had one player separate himself, and a couple of very, very good players from the west coast made their cases known. It seems like the Heisman has more buzz when it's midwestern and east coast players in the mix. Quick, who finished second in the Heisman last year? What about third? Yeah, I only knew Toby Gerhart too. Let's not discount the men from this season. For the last time maybe, let's look over the Heisman ballot.
1) Cam Netwon - Auburn
Season: 148-218-2,254-24 TDs-6 INTs-1,336 rush-18 TDs
Last Week: 13-20-216-3 TDs-38 rush-1 TD
Not only have we reached the point where it's clear Cam Newton should be the Heisman winner, but we've reached the point where there is backlash over a trophy he hasn't won yet. Some people don't think he should get the trophy because he might have it stripped. To that I say bullshit. You vote for the fucking best player in the country. Cam Newton is the best player in the country. It should really be a clear cut case. Whatever happens, happens. You can't let outside details affect what he's done on the field. If anyone else was Auburn's QB, they would not be undefeated. They have a very tough contest against South Carolina this weekend in Atlanta. Even if Auburn loses, Newton should be honored.
2) LaMichael James - Oregon
Season: 253-1,548-19 TDS-169 receiving-1 TD
Last Week: 28-126-2 TDs-20 receiving
James bounced back very well from his first week without a score or 100 yards. He had 126 and 2 TDs while Oregon pounded Arizona. James has the horrible Oregon State defense to look forward to this week. James is 101 behind Bobby Rainey of Western Kentucky for the nation's rushing lead. That's right, a dude from Western Kentucky leads the nation in rushing. He also had over 300 carries. That's a whole bunch. James is second in rushing TDs, 2 away from passing Chad Spann of Northern Illinois, who has 20. Spann can add to that total in the MAC championship game against Miami Friday night. This post was more informational about two very good running backs from smaller programs than it was about LaMichael James.
3) Andrew Luck - Stanford
Season: 245-349-3,051-28 TDs-7 INTs-438 rush-3 TDs
Last Week: 21-30-305-4 TDs
Luck has had a brilliant season in his second year as the Stanford starter. Many are saying that Luck could be the first pick in the NFL draft. While he has the talent and skills, I think he might be better suited for another season. I would be a little wary of taking someone who was essentially a 1 year wonder at #1, but I don't run an NFL team, so no one cares what I think. Luck would be the second Stanford player in a row to go to New York, which would be pretty incredible since I don't think 15 people outside of Palo Alto know jack or shit about Stanford football. Luck has been the best NFL style QB though this season. Sure you could argue Ryan Mallett, but I would say Luck, because I just did. Besides, a QB has to finish third in the Heisman, just like Colt McCoy did last season people who didn't look that up.