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2011 Heisman Rankings: Russell Wilson, LaMichael James and More

Coming up with this week’s leader board was the toughest yet. I tried and tried to include LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, but I couldn’t justify leaving anybody off of this list. I truly hope Mathieu is in New York for the Heisman ceremony if he continues to play at this level the rest of the way. Even if he doesn’t take home the trophy, he’s as deserving of the recognition as anybody.

1 – Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin Badgers: The Badgers were off this week, but Wilson has done enough to hold onto the top spot in the weekly Heisman ballot. As Dory LeBlanc would say (and probably does below) #AllRussellWilsonEverything.

2 – LaMichael James, RB, Oregon Ducks: James may be out a few weeks with an elbow injury, but after six weeks (five Oregon games), he’s gaining on Wilson in the Heisman race. Three straight games of 200+ yards will do that, ya know?

3 – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor Bears: We haven’t heard Griffin’s name much since the opening week upset of TCU, but he’s plugging along with more than 200 yards passing in every game this year. He boasts the nation’s top completion percentage (82.3%) by 6.6 points (Wilson is third at 74.8%) and quarterback rating (230.3) by 13.4 points (Wilson is second at 216.9). He rushed for 107 yards on 24 carries against Iowa State Saturday, taking one in for a score.

4 – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford Cardinal: It isn’t all about stats. Not that Luck is short on impressive numbers, but it’s how he does it that makes him the best player in the country. If I were a betting man, I’d be on Andrew Luck hoisting the trophy in New York City. For now, he’s fourth on this ballot behind three very deserving players.

5 – Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State Broncos: The Surgeon bounced back from a two-interception performance to toss three touchdowns on 23-of-31 passing with 254 yards Friday night. He led the Broncos to the 57-7 beat down of Fresno State and is just surgical with the football.

In the hunt

  • Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU Tigers
  • Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan Wolverines
  • Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide
  • Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina Gamecocks
  • Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Hurricanes
  • Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma Sooners
  • Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina Gamecocks
  • Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia Mountaineers

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.

You can vote for the Maxwell Award, the Bednarik Award, the new NFL Fantasy Player of the Year Award, and other prominent awards presented by the oldest football club in America by obtaining a RotoExperts Maxwell Football Club membership.

Danny Hobrock is our College Football Editor. Danny's writing on College Pigskin has garnered national attention and has been critically acclaimed. You may email Danny directly @ or follow him on Twitter @DannyHobrock


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