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2011 Heisman Hopefulls

Andrew Luck-Stanford: Heisman runner up from last year, Luck returned for his Senior year and is a favorite to finish first this year. Poised for a big season and another shot at taking home the Heisman trophy he will be with new head coach, David Shaw.

Trent Richardson- Alabama: Bama’s bulldozer is primed for a break out season. Richardson flourishes with top end speed while also having the power to run through a defender.

LaMichael James-Oregon: The most dynamic player for the runner-up National Champions, Oregon Ducks, James finished 3rd last season in the Heisman. With the return of Darren Thomas at quarterback, James and the Oregon offense should be great again.
Landry Jones- Oklahoma: Jones leads preseason #1 Oklahoma Sooners and Big 12 favorites at Quarterback. Smart player with a similar skill set to Sam Bradford.
Denard Robinson- Michigan: The question remains to be seen if Denard can adapt to new offensive coordinator Al Borges pro-style offense. Switching to the new offense will likely diminish his 1,700 rushing yards of last year because he will have to sit back in the pocket and throw more.
James White- Wisconsin:Here is one player that should have been heralded more for his performance last year. White led Wisconsin in rushing yards and touchdowns and should get an even bigger load this year without John Clay and Zack Brown.

Marcus Lattimore- South Carolina: There may be no scarier downhill runner than Mr. Lattimore, who will have SEC coaches shaking as they prepare to stop him. Finished his freshman season with nearly 1,200 yards and seventeen touchdowns.

Michael Dyer- Auburn: Last year, Dyer asserted himself as a freshman for the National Champions Tigers, rushing for 1,093 yards and five touchdowns. He should see an increased number of carries this year. However, with dynamic backup Onterio McCalleb right behind him on the depth chart and Cam Newton’s departure, he may not see the same amount of success he did last year.

Aaron Murray-Georgia: This sophomore was the one bright spot for Georgia’s 6-7 record 2010 team. Murray threw for over 3,000 yards which ranks him second on the SEC’s all time freshman quarterback yardage for a season. Keep an eye out for Georgia because Murray could sneak into the Heisman race with a big performance and upset of Boise State.

Michael Floyd- Notre Dame: Floyd amazes me with his talent as a tall wide out at 6’4 with 4.4 speed and a 38 inch vertical. Watch for Floyd to have a big year with Dayne Crist lofting it his way.

Greg Reid- Florida State I know only one defensive player has taken home the award (Charles Woodson), however, Reid reminds me of Woodson because he can both shut down opponents while also taking back punts. As an impressive 5’8 defender, he could potentially be the 2nd player on the defensive side to win. 
Kellen Moore- Boise State: Mr. reliable at quarterback, Kellen Moore returns for his Senior season as a favorite for the Heisman. Last year he finished up in 4th place in the Heisman, but with an undefeated season and a defeat of TCU and Georgia, Moore could finish on top this year.
Justin Blackmon- Oklahoma State: The second wide receiver on the list and final player on the list had astonishing numbers. Blackmon led the nation in receiving yards last year and should have another stellar season.

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