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2011 Heisman Trophy Power Rankings: Richardson, Luck, Keenum and More

The end of days is looming and players trying to make their last-minute cases for the 2011 Heisman Trophy won't get too many more chances. You can easily make the argument that the most important games of the season are still to come, so don't be surprised to see these names get shuffled over the next week:


1. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide: Richardson has surpassed 100 yards rushing in seven of the Tide’s ten games so far. He went for 175 yards and two touchdowns against Georgia Southern last Saturday, and he’ll face the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl this weekend. He has scored a touchdown in all but one game this year: the overtime loss to LSU in which no touchdowns were scored.

2. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford Cardinal: Luck has thrown at least one pick in the last four games, and has eight on the season, matching his total from last year. That’s not to say he’s an interception machine by any means, though. He’s one touchdown shy of his single-season high (32) set last year, and he’s likely to surpass his total passing yards from last season (3,338) at some point over the next two games. He’s fifth in the country in quarterback rating, and eighth in completion percentage.

3. Case Keenum, QB, Houston Cougars: Keenum has the Cougars undefeated at 11-0; leads the country in total passing yards and touchdown passes; and he’s third in quarterback rating and fourth in completion percentage. He has thrown just three picks all year. He set yet another NCAA passing mark this past week, claiming the record for completions in a career.

4. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor Bears: This guy is amazing. He threw 479 yards and four touchdowns with no picks in the win over Oklahoma, and added another 72 yards on the ground. And that wasn’t even the most impressive thing he did. As the Sooners’ called timeout to try to get the ball back late, Griffin led a game-winning drive that ended in one of the best touchdown passes we’ve seen all year. He was cool with seconds remaining as he bought time, stopped, and threw to the opposite side of the field to hit Terrance Williams perfectly for the score. Check it out.

5. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State Broncos: The Broncos won’t play in a BCS bowl this year, but the Surgeon is playing as well as anybody in the country. He’s completed 73.8% of his passes (second in the country), and is second in touchdown passes behind Keenum with 35.

In the hunt

  • LaMichael James, RB, Oregon Ducks
  • Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State Cowboys
  • Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State Cowboys
  • Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin Badgers
  • Matt Barkley, QB, USC Trojans

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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