This weekend's LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide game will be absolutely vital to the 2011 Heisman rankings. A big showing from Trent Richardson will go a long way in shoring up his support. A fall from grace, though, would open the door up for Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
Here are the 2011 Heisman rankings from the week that was:
1 – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide: Seriously, who is harder to bring to the ground than Richardson? He was off this week. He will get his big stage on Saturday when he and the Tide take on LSU in Tuscaloosa.
2 – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford Cardinal: Luck got his big stage this past Saturday against USC in the Coliseum. He was unflappable after throwing a pick-six that put USC up late, driving back down the field to tie it up. Then he and the Cardinal offense, relying heavily on the running game, punched it in three times in overtime to seal the win. He went 29-for-40 for 330 yards with three touchdowns in the win.
3 – Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin Badgers: You have to give credit to Wilson for leading comeback drives in back-to-back weeks. Unfortunately, the Badgers were victims of the Hail Mary in back-to-back weeks.
4 – Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State Broncos: Moore was off this week. He and the Broncos will take on UNLV in Las Vegas this Saturday and then will return to the blue turf for the TCU game.
5 – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor Bears: Griffin struggled against Oklahoma State on Saturday, limited by the Cowboys defense that did a good job keeping him from scrambling. Griffin is a good passer and threw for 425 yards—his second-straight 400+ yard performance—and a touchdown. But he never found his stride as Baylor, despite 622 yards of total offense, struggled to reach the end zone.
In the hunt
- Case Keenum, QB, Houston Cougars
- LaMichael James, RB, Oregon Ducks
- Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma Sooners
- Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma Sooners
- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson Tigers
- Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson Tigers
- Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan Wolverines
The two most prestigious college football awards in the nation are the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award, both given to the best college football player in America. The Heisman Trophy is presented by the Down Town Athletic Club, and is voted on by past winners and selected media members chosen by its presenter. The Maxwell Award is presented by the Maxwell Football Club and is voted on by sportscasters, sportswriters, NCAA head coaches, athletic administrators and also the membership of the Maxwell Football Club.
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