Aug 19, 2019

The Collegian’s Heisman Watch

The co-sports editors and editor-in-chief adjust their Heisman frontrunners for week six

Co-Sports Editor Ben Ingersoll

1. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon, Jr.
A bye week didn’t help or hurt the Oregon speedster’s Heisman hopes, but his numbers over the past few weeks sure are trophy worthy. With 393 yards and five touchdowns in the last two games, James is on pace to earn his plane ticket cross country to New York in December.

2. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State, Jr.
Moore is the most consistent quarterback in the country. His numbers aren’t as eye-popping as some (1,567 pass yards, 16 touchdowns), but Boise State’s signal caller just wins football games. He is 30-1 as a starter and there are whispers about this Bronco being the best college quarterback….ever?

3. Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn, Jr.
With Denard Robinson and Michigan’s schedule catching up with them, Newton has emerged as the most elite dual-threat quarterback in the nation. The junior college transfer has two straight 100-yard rushing games going into this week and is fourth in the country in yards on the ground. He’s not a bad passer too with over 1,200 yards through the air and 13 touchdowns.

4. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan, So.
As previously stated, Robinson is starting to see the effects of a weak early-season schedule. He is also hobbled with injuries, but has somehow managed to be the first player in college football this season to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing.

Dark Horse: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, Jr.
A bye week and a loss to Oregon a few weeks back has put Luck’s Heisman talk on the backburner for now. But his numbers can’t be forgotten with 1,538 passing yards and 16 touchdowns to just four interceptions.

Co-Sports Editor Vongni Yang

1. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State, Jr.

Since throwing his first interception of the season against Wyoming, Moore has attempted 98 straight passes without an interception. On the year, Moore has tossed 16 touchdowns to just one pick. Moore leads the nation with an 190.3 passing efficiency.

2. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon, So.

James has found the end zone in every game this season. The speedy running back is averaging a ridiculous 7.4 yards a carry while rushing for 848 yards and nine touchdowns.

3. Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn, Jr.
With each SEC game that Newton shines in, his stock continues to rise for the Heisman. Newton is the most complete dual-threat quarterback in the nation after throwing for 1,278 yards and 13 touchdowns while adding 860 yards on the ground with 12 scores.

4. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, Jr.
Luck is throwing for Heisman-like numbers this year after posting 1,538 passing yards and 16 touchdowns through six games. But the loss to Oregon hurt his Heisman chances a bit. However, his luck is going to come soon.

Dark Horse: Greg McElroy, QB, Albama, Sr.

With defenses game planning on the Crimson Tide’s backfield, McElroy has proven that he is more than capable of carrying the team with his right arm. McElroy has passed for 1,517 yards and 11 touchdowns to just three interceptions.

Editor-in-Chief Tony Petersen

1. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State, Jr.
It makes no sense to be punished for being consistently good. Last week, Moore was 14 for 16 for 231 yards and two touchdowns, en route to leading the Broncos to a 48-0 win over San Jose State. The most impressive thing? He’s gotten better with every game. Moore’s quarterback rating has gotten higher each game he’s played. As far as I’m concerned, this award is his to lose.

2. Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn, Jr.
The last time we did the Heisman watch, I had Newton as my dark horse. In fact, I was the only one who had Newton on his list. And Tonydamus came through once again. Last week, Newton led the Tigers to a huge SEC victory over Arkansas by passing for 140 yards and one touchdown and running for 188 yards and three touchdowns. He has seven rushing touchdowns in his last two games. Tim Tebow has officially been replaced in the SEC.

3. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon, So.
James is a certified stud. After dominating Stanford with 257 rushing yards on Oct. 2, a week later he accumulated 222 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. If Oregon stays atop the polls, James just might win this award.

4. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, Jr.
After a tough loss to Oregon, Luck bounced right back with a huge performance in leading the Cardinal to a victory over the Trojans of USC, completing 20 of 24 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns. It’s this type of bounce-back performance that could impress Heisman voters in the long run.

Dark Horse: Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan, So.
Two sub-par performances have dropped Robinson, once the Heisman frontrunner among many, from most lists. But Robinson’s stats are still off the charts—he’s thrown for 1,319 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions and has run for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns—and Michigan has three winnable games against Penn State, Illinois and Purdue coming up before ending the season against powerhouses Wisconsin and Ohio State. Robinson could creep back into contention.

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