Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - September 2, 2011

A look at the Heisman hopefuls

The favorites

Andrew Luck (Stanford) QB: He threw for 3,338 yards and 32 touchdowns during a 12-1 season that included a victory in the Orange Bowl. Runner-up for Heisman in 2010.

LaMichael James (Oregon) RB: The nation's top rusher last season with 1,731 yards and 21 TDs, helping the Ducks reach the BCS championship game. Third in Heisman voting in 2010.

The contenders

Landry Jones (Oklahoma) QB: He threw for 4,700 yards, 39 TDs and averaged 337 passing yards per game.

Trent Richardson (Alabama) RB: He is described as more talented than predecessor Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman winner.

Denard Robinson (Michigan) QB: He accumulated 4,272 yards of total offense last season and was the nation's No. 4 rusher at 130.9 ypg.

The others

Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina) RB

Taylor Martinez (Nebraska) QB

Darron Thomas (Oregon) QB

Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma) WR

Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma St.) WR

Kellen Moore (Boise St.) QB

Matt Barkley (USC) QB)

Case Keenum (Houston) QB

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