Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/15/12

2012 Early Heisman Watch

We watched RG3, Trent Richardson and Andrew Luck battled it out last year for the ultimate prize of winning the Heisman Trophy.  Robert Griffin III was able to dazzle us with his throws, his legs, and celebrations and ended up taking home the trophy. 

Now that 2011 is over, it is time to look ahead at the candidates that might be taking home the prize this year. 

Even though it is early, there are several candidates that stand out already and if they can build on their past year, they might be joining the prized club of winners. 

Here is a list of candidates, in no particular order, along with their 2011 stats.  I will also add their biggest game each player will play in, that could determine their chances.

Matt Barkley (USC) 

Stats: 3528 passing yards, 39 TDs, 7 INTs, 69.1% completion; 14 rushing yards, 2 TDs

Key game: Nov. 3 vs. Oregon; Nov. 24 vs. Notre Dame; Sept. 15 @ Stanford

Montee Ball (Wisc.)

Stats: 307 att., 1923 rushing yards, 33 TDs; 306 Receiving yards, 6 TDs; 57 passing yards, 1 TD

Key game: Sept 29. @ Nebraska; Oct 27. vs. Michigan State; Nov. 17 vs. Ohio State

Denard Robinson (Mich.)

Stats: 2173 passing yards, 20 TDs, 15 INTs, 55.0% completion; 1176 rushing yards, 16 TDs

Key game: Sept 1. vs. Alabama; Oct 27. @ Nebraska; Nov 24 @ Ohio State

Marcus Lattimore (S. Car)

Stats: 163 att., 818 rushing yards, 10 TDs; 182 receiving yards, 1 TD

Key game: Oct 13 @ LSU; Oct. 6 vs. Georgia; Nov. 24 @ Clemson

Aaron Murray (UGA)

Stats: 3,149 passing yards, 35 TDs, 14 INTs, 59.1% completion; 103 rushing yard, 2 TDs

Key game: Oct. 6 @ South Carolina; Nov. 10 @ Auburn; Oct. 27 vs Florida

Geno Smith (WVU)

Stats: 4,385 passing yards, 31 TDs, 7 INTs, 65.8% completion; 2 rushing TDs

Key game: Nov. 17 vs Oklahoma; Oct 6 @ Texas; Nov. 3 vs. TCU

Landry Jones (Okla.)

Stats: 4,463 passing yards, 29 TDs, 15 INTs, 63.2% completion; 2 rushing TDs

Key game: Nov 17 @ West Virginia; Oct 13 vs. Texas; Oct 27 vs. Notre Dame
Others to watch:
Robert Woods (USC), Logan Thomas (VT), Sammy Watkins (Clemson), E.J. Manuel (FSU), Keith Price (Wash.), Tyler Wilson (Ark.)


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