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2011 Heisman Rankings: Wilson, Richardson, Luck and Moore

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Not much changed in Week 7 as the top dogs largely remained at the top, and none of the "in the hunt" players did much to improve their case.

Nevertheless, these next few weeks will be crucial to the Heisman debate, so look for some amazing performances throughout the coming week's outings.

1 – Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin Badgers: Not a huge statistical day for Wilson, but he did catch a touchdown pass a la Cam Newton (you knew the comparisons were coming). He’s been phenomenal for the Badgers this year, and he’s the reason this year’s Wisconsin offense is even better than last year’s high-powered effort.

2 – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide: Seriously, is there anybody in the country more difficult to bring down than Richardson? He’s now rushed for more than 100 yards in the last six outings, and four touchdowns on the day bring his season total to 15 on the ground. He’s scored in every game, catching a touchdown in the win over Arkansas—the only game in which he did not rush for a touchdown.

3 – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor Bears: The Bears have dropped two of their last three, but Griffin continues to produce. As the defense allowed 56 points in the loss to Texas A&M, RG3 passed for 430 yards with three touchdowns.

4 – Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State Broncos: Moore was pulled before the fourth quarter with 338 passing yards and four touchdowns. He completed 26 of his 30 passing attempts. He’s brilliant with the football in his hand.

5 – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford Cardinal: Stanford may have started slow, but behind Luck the Cardinal pulled away in the second half. Luck finished with 336 yards on 23 of 36 passing with four touchdown passes. He’s another guy who is a pleasure to watch throw the football.

In the hunt

  • LaMichael James, RB, Oregon Ducks: Chip Kelly isn’t telling us how long James will be out, so don’t expect him to plummet from Heisman watch lists just yet.
  • Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma Sooners: Kansas kept it close Saturday night, but Jones and the Sooners offense put it out of reach in the second half.  He’s put up huge numbers this season, adding another 363 yards and three touchdown passes to his season totals.
  • Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson Tigers: I blinked and the Tigers were back in it Saturday night. Boyd finished with 270 yards on 26 of 38 passing with four touchdowns. He has passed for more than 200 yards in every game, and more than 250 in six of the seven games this year.
  • Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson Tigers: Watkins is a special type of player who’s already caught 46 passes for 728 yards with eight touchdowns. Not to take anything away from what Boyd’s done this year, but without Watkins’ presence in the passing attack I’m not so sure Clemson is still undefeated after that Maryland game.
  • Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU Tigers: Mathieu hasn’t made the headline-grabbing plays he did in the early part of the year, but he continues to play at a high level and make plays for his team.
  • Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan Wolverines: Not the greatest passing efforts for Robinson in the loss to the Spartans. He ended the day with a 37.5% completion percentage, passed for 123 yards and averaged 2.3 yards per carry, as he never really got moving on the ground. He’s had a very good season overall, though, and is still among the top ten rushers for the season.

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