The most complete player in next year's NFL Draft has officially moved up to the top of this week's Heisman rankings. It's fair to say that the cast of characters in the running for college football's ultimate individual prize hasn't changed all season long, but the order has shifted on a weekly basis.
1 – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford Cardinal: Oregon State stuck around for a while, but the Cardinal ultimately pulled out the 38-13 victory to extend the country’s longest winning streak. Now they face the last team to beat them. Stanford was held scoreless in the second half of last year’s showdown with Oregon after jumping out to a 21-3 first quarter lead. Luck has thrown an interception in each of the last two games, and four of the last five.
2 – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide: Richardson was held under 100 yards rushing, did not find the end zone, and averaged fewer than four yards a carry for the first time since the Kent State game in the opener (3.9 yards/carry vs. LSU). Alabama lost and saw its national title hopes take a significant dip. But Richardson is still among the leaders for the Heisman.
3 – Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin Badgers: Wilson and the Badgers rebounded after dropping two straight to grab a 62-17 win over Purdue. Wilson completed 15 of his 20 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns. He ran 10 times for 76 yards and scored on the ground, too. Some of the early-season magic has dissipated, but Wilson has so far earned recognition as one of the top performers of the year.
4 – Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State Broncos: Moore completed 58.1% of his passes in the win over UNLV on Saturday night. He threw five touchdown passes and was interception-free. He became the winningest quarterback in college football history with the win, passing former Texas Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy with 46 wins over his career.
5 – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor Bears: Another big performance for Griffin has the Bears 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the Big 12 following the win over Missouri. For the third-straight week he threw for more than 400 yards and had three touchdown passes with no interceptions last week. He rushed 18 times for 64 yards with a score. He is third in the country with a 188.1 rating and 10.2 yards-per-attempt average, fourth with a 74.0 completion percentage, fifth with 26 touchdown passes, and seventh with 2,781 yards.
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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