Athlon Sports Heisman Voting: Week 10
Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden continues to rise in the Heisman voting.
By: Braden Gall | 11/2/11, 7:00 AM EDT
-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on twitter)
Each week, the Athlon editors will vote on the most prestigious award in all of college football. A nine-man conglomerate of college football gurus from Athlon Sports will vote for their top 10 Heisman Trophy candidates. The votes will be tallied and the result will be posted as the Athlon Sports Heisman Watch List every Wednesday of the regular season.
Note: The scoring system is as follows: A first place vote earns a player 10 points. A second place votes earns nine points - so on and so forth until the 10th place player receives one point.
With 3:08 left in the game, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck saw his pass land in the waiting arms of USC defensive back Nickell Robey. Robey proceeded to rumble 33 yards to the end zone to give the Trojans the lead, 34-27. The Stanford quarterback then showed the nation why he has been atop the Athlon Sports Heisman voting every single week of the 2011 season. Ten plays and 76 yards later, Luck had led Stanford down the field for the game-tying touchdown with 38 seconds left. He then led his team to three touchdowns and a two-point conversion in three overtime periods before his defense forced a fumble to keep the Cardinal's national title hopes alive.
Alabama's Trent Richardson is inching his way closer to Mr. Luck and has arguably the biggest stage in college football history on which to showcase his skills this weekend. Stay tuned.
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford (89/90 total points, 8/9 first place votes)
Season Stats: 174/242, 2,218 yards, 23 TD, 4 INT, 25 att., 119 yards, 2 TD
Luck finished the 56-48 thriller in the Coliseum 29-of-40 for 330 yards, three touchdowns and one big interception with nine carries, 36 yards and a rushing score as well. Luck was good for the better part of four quarters, made one bad pass and then turned in a sparkling final drive and overtime performance. The Heisman, Pac-12 title and potential National Championship will be on the line in two weeks when Oregon comes to the Farm. Next Game: at Oregon State
|3.||Kellen Moore||QB||Boise State||66||-||1||5||1||1||9|
|4.||Brandon Weeden||QB||Oklahoma State||45||-||-||-||4||1||8|
|5.||Robert Griffin III||QB||Baylor||45||-||-||1||-||3||9|
|11.||David Wilson||RB||Virginia Tech||10||-||-||-||1||-||3|
|14.||Justin Blackmon||WR||Oklahoma State||3||-||-||-||-||-||1|
|17.||Joseph Randle||RB||Oklahoma State||1||-||-||-||-||-||1|
2. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (81)
Season Stats: 149 att., 989 yards, 17 TD, 18 rec., 212 yards, TD
Richardson has had two weeks — and the better part of a calendar year — to prepare for the LSU Tigers defense. This is the biggest regular season college football platform since the 2009 SEC championship game between Bama and Florida. LSU has allowed five total rushing touchdowns and 76.6 yards rushing per game (third nationally) thus far in 2011. Next Game: LSU
3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State (66)
Season Stats: 174/228, 2,010 yards, 24 TD, 5 INT, 8 att., (-12) yards
As candidates lose games around him, Moore continues to move up in the Athlon Heisman voting. Even on a bye week, Moore jumped Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson due to each losing his second consecutive game. With an easy test against the Rebels, Moore should become the NCAA's all-time winningest quarterback with his 46th victory as the starter. Next Game: at UNLV
4. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State (45)
Season Stats: 246/345, 2,710 yards, 22 TD, 7 INT, 14 att., (-85) yards
Weeden completed 24-of-36 passes for 274 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the 59-24 destruction of the Baylor Bears. It was the fifth time this season Weeden threw at least three touchdowns, and it was only the third time he failed to reach 300 yards. However, the Pokes passer has his team ranked third in the BCS standings and has tossed 14 touchdowns against a single pick over his last five games. He is hot at the right time — as his continued rise up these rankings indicates. Next Game: Kansas State
5. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor (45)
Season Stats: 175/232, 2,375 yards, 23 TD, 4 INT, 88 att., 322 yards, 3 TD
Griffin III still might be the most invaluable piece of any team in the nation; however, unless that team starts winning games, RG3 won't make it to New York. The numbers are still there. Try 33-of-50 passing for 425 yards, 27 yards rushing and two total touchdowns. But Baylor lost in another blowout 59-24 to Oklahoma State and fellow Heisman candidate Brandon Weeden. Next Game: at Missouri
6. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin (36)
Season Stats: 129/181, 2,033 yards, 19 TD, 3 INT, 38 att., 200 yards, 3 TD, 1 rec., 25 yards, TD
Wilson got no help from his ground game in the heartbreaking 33-29 defeat at the hands of the Buckeyes — not to mention the the defensive secondary. Wilson did his best to rally the troops as he led the Badgers on a furious fourth-quarter comeback. The talented quarterback led Big Red to three touchdowns in the final 19:23 of play to take a 29-26 lead with 1:18 left in the game. But the defense let him down for the second straight week. His plane tickets to New York might need to be switched to Richmond, V instead. Next Game: Purdue
7. Case Keenum, QB, Houston (34)
Season Stats: 218/303, 3,219 yards, 23 TD, 2 INT, 26 att., 40 yards
Is 534 yards and nine touchdowns a good thing? Keenum needed only 24 completions to hit those marks in Thursday's 73-34 win over Rice as he threw scoring strikes of 57, 21, 64, 18, 41, 20, 37, 22 and 47 yards. The Cougars passer is now the NCAA's all-time leader in touchdown passes (139) to go with his ever-growing NCAA total offense record of 17,692 yards. Barring a Miracle on Ice-type performance from the Blazers, Keenum will be the NCAA's all-time leading passer by this time next week. He needs only 267 yards to break Timmy Chang's record of 17,072. Next Game: at UAB
8. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma (33)
Season Stats: 236/355, 3,094 yards, 26 TD, 9 INT, 14 att., 22 yards, 2 TD
After failing miserably, Jones had his Sooners loaded for bear against the unbeaten Kansas State Wildcats. Jones threw for 505 yards and five touchdowns in the dominating 58-17 road win over KSU. Oklahoma's all-time leading passer has his team poised to get back into the national title picture as the top one-loss team in the BCS standings. If OU can win out and Jones can continue to post huge numbers (without the interceptions), he could sneak back into the Heisman mix. Next Game: Texas A&M
8. Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma (18)
Season Stats: 81 rec., 1,070 yards, 10 TD, 18 PR, 187 PR yards
The Broyles reception train continues to roll along at a staggering 347 career catches. In a huge road win over unblemished Kansas State, No. 85 recorded 14 grabs for 171 yards and his 45th career trip to paydirt. Broyles is now leading the nation in receiving yards per game (133.7 ypg) and is No. 2 nationally in receptions per game (10.1 rpg). There might not be a more productive receiver in college football history. Both of these Sooners are lurking in the Heisman weeds just waiting for candidates to fall by the wayside. Next Game: Texas A&M
10. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (16)
Season Stats: 172/278, 2,379 yards, 24 TD, 3 INT, 81 att., 165 yards, 4 TD
Clemson is a perfect example of how every team needs to be prepared to play every weekend. Georgia Tech stormed to a big lead before Boyd finally cracked the end zone late in the second half. However, it was too little, too late for the Tigers as the defense could never get the ball back to Boyd in key spots in the second half (the turnovers didn't help, either). Boyd finished 23-of-40 passing for 295 yards and one touchdown in the 31-17 loss. Next Game: Bye week
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