Future Heisman Contenders From the Class of 2010

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Not every recruiting class contains a future Heisman winner.  Here are the last 10 Heisman winners and the classes that produced them:

Chris Weinke (1990*/1997)

Erich Crouch (1997)

Carson Palmer (1998)

Jason White (1999)

Matt Leinart (2001)

Reggie Bush (2003)

Troy Smith (2002)

Tim Tebow (2006)

Sam Bradford (2006)

Mark Ingram (2008)

* — Weinke originally signed with Florida State in 1990 but he embarked on a pro baseball career before returning to the Seminoles in 1997.

Recent classes missing out on Heismans: 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007 (so far).

With signing day in the books, here are the players from the class of 2010 (in no particular order) who I think have the best chance of competing for future Heismans:

Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn–Dyer is a slippery, low-to-the-ground runner who should immediately thrive in Gus Malzahn’s offense.  I predict he will hit the 1,000-yard mark as a freshman (assuming health and qualification) and go on to a stellar career on the Plains.

 

Lache Seastrunk, RB, Oregon–I thought it was funny that reaction in the recruiting world to Seastrunk going to Oregon was rather muted.  Said one coach to me “He’s going to Oregon–there must be something wrong with him.”  Well, this is a guy who everyone wanted just a few months ago and now all of a sudden schools are poo-pooing him.  I don’t buy it.  This is one amazingly fast back who is perfect for the Chip Kelly scheme.  He should be an instant star.

Mack Brown, RB, Florida–There haven’t been many ultra-productive running backs coming out of Urban Meyer’s offenses of late, but Brown could be the exception.  He’s a nifty north-south runner who should thrive in the wide-open space of Meyer’s attack.

D.J. Morgan, RB, USC–Morgan could possibly redshirt his first season at USC due to an injury suffered his senior season.  But once he gets healthy, he’ll be one of the more exciting players in the country.  A legitimate track star (world junior champ in the high hurdles), he has the speed and moves to take it the distance on every play.

Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn–I was a big fan of Newton’s game when he went to Florida and I’m still high on him as he heads to Auburn.  If he wins the starting job, he’ll throw for a lot of yards and touchdowns for the Tigers and could end up being one of the better quarterbacks in the SEC.

Devin Gardner, QB, Michigan–If Rich Rodriguez is to resurrect Michigan, he may need Gardner to come through sooner rather than later.  Reminiscent of Vince Young and Terrelle Pryor physically and should be a great fit for the Wolverine offense.  If he develops, watch out.

Andrew Hendrix, QB, Notre Dame–Hendrix is an underrated talent, with a very good arm and excellent athleticism.  He could very well be the future for Notre Dame once Dane Crist’s eligibility expires.  He looks like a typical Brian Kelly quarterback to me and that means he’ll be putting up big numbers one day.

Blake Bell, QB, Oklahoma–Bell is a raw talent with a lot of upside.  It looks like he is tailor-made for the Oklahoma offense. Can really move his feet despite his 6-6 height.  Keep an eye on him.

There’s my top Heisman guys from the class of 2010.  It’s not an especially deep class as far as this list goes and it could well be that no Heisman winners emerge from this group.  However, I think these guys I’ve listed have the best chance.

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18 Responses to Future Heisman Contenders From the Class of 2010

  1. David Gross February 9, 2010 at 3:34 am #

    Now that sophomores have finally started to win, there will only be more gaps in years whereas someone used to win it from every class. Seems like it’s going to be a sophomore or junior every year now while the best players go pro early.

  2. wally February 9, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    After watching that video, I would say the only thing wrong with Seastrunk is that he is an absolute freak athlete. His speed getting to the edges is just ridiculous.

  3. jayfish311 February 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    the reason people said lache seastrunk is gonna be a flop is his work ethic…he’s only 17/18 and he already shows up to practice late (as stated by sources at the army all american game), his work ethic at practice is suspect at best (same source), and his commitment to football has been questioned even by his coaches and peers…he’s a great talent, but it means nothing when you don’t have the heart or the drive…

  4. Glen February 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    Alabama fan feeling a bit ignored here.

    I believe that Phillip Sims is the #1 QB prospect in the nation this year according to Rivals and ESPN, and #2 by Scout.

    He committed to the defending national champs, a team widely considered to have all the pieces except a star QB.

    How is he not in the top 10?

  5. Roby February 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    Probably because Alabama doesn’t win Heismans

  6. AUman76 February 13, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    That’s true…they must buy ‘em cause Ingram wasn’t even the best back on his own team. His selection proves it’s now all about what team you play for and how highly they are ranked not based on ability. Look….I know my Tigers were awful on defense and we shut Ingram down. Hell…we couldn’t even stop Kentucky from runnin on us so what does that say for his selection? It says the voters now chose the best player on the preceived best team. By the way my Tigers from 2004 would have ran up one side and down the other on this years crimson turd squad. We had two backs better than their Heisman winner. Guess lil nicky has some sort of pull with a media he hates. Go figure. Oh well….guess we’ll see if our recruits pan out and we snag our 3rd statue?

  7. Roby February 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    If they buy them, then they must always be broke, because this year was Alabama’s first Heisman win. As an Auburn fan, you should know that. I’m sure you rubbed it in their faces over the years.

  8. AUman76 February 16, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    Nope never rubber it in cause they did have much more deserving candidates over the years. But when the bahr was at bammer team came first and playing time was split amongst the kids that could git er done. He had so much depth most seasons he ran whole new squads in and out on offense.
    Yep they were broke cause of all the money they spend on players like Albert Means and then lawyers to defend em against the NCAA. lol But bammer and lil nicky have connections since both have long since sold their souls for won more championship.
    All BS aside this was a weak bammer team compared to past SEC teams in the BCS Title Game.

  9. Anonymous February 16, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    good to have AUman back after he vanished during the season once Auburn started losing and Alabama kept winning

  10. AUman76 February 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    nope anon….been busy with a new business. Opened one in October and working on the second and third as we speak. Thangs is goin good ol friend! Gettin my youngins set up for a good life if they take interest in their duties.
    Ain’t skeered of no big on red wave….if we can hang with the so called champs like we did then great things are on the horizon for my Tigers.
    Good to see you’re still hangin around anon. Take it easy and have a good un. lol

  11. Glen February 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Well, yeah, back in the past Bama players didn’t win Heismans; but recent history may be a sign that trend is not something to count on much during the coming decade.

    So whattadya take, history or recent events? As for me, I’ll put my money on Bama players winning Heismans this decade vs any other single team, even Notre Dame, even (gasp) USC. I’d almost bet straight up that we get at least two more – almost but not quite.

  12. Roby February 17, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    I would probably take that bet. Alabama doesn’t run a dynamic offense that lends itself to a lot of quick strike scoring. Their physicality and defense are their strengths that shape their identity. I think The Heisman is still a QB’s to lose, and Alabama isn’t the type of program to attract those dynamic QBs. The way I see it, is if Alabama is contending for National Titles under that shady coach of theirs, I suspect that their QB won’t be putting up gaudy numbers.

    I would still take Florida, Texas, or USC in the Heisman tally for the next decade.

    (I had to throw in that barb. I detest Nick Saban.)

  13. Glen February 18, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    Even as a Bama fan, I’m not a huge fan of Nick Saban as a human being, but “shady” ain’t the word. He’s just an asshole, and pretty upfront about it. So far as I can tell, and I’m watching pretty closely, his ethics and integrity are of a high order.

    Under Saban, Bama has featured running, but it’s at least a viable theory to say that we’ve done that because that’s where our talent has been. Now we’re signing top QBs and top receivers and that talent balance may be about to shift.

    Last year we had Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson as running backs, and Greg McElroy as QB. Nothing against McElroy, because he’s a pretty decent QB, but you see where the weight of the talent lies. Nevertheless we threw about 30 times a game.

    Every indication has been that Saban’s desire has been to build a balanced offense. Like I said in my initial post above, the team has all the pieces except for a top QB, and I expect the Tide’s passing game to take a larger role in the offense once that piece is in place – which is only a matter of time, and hopefully not much of it.

    p.s. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Nick Saban as a human being, but I don’t think “shady” really has any basis in fact. The man may be an asshole, but he’s up-front about it. I’ve been watching pretty closely since he has been at Alabama, and everything I’ve seen from him on the ethics and integrity front has been pretty admirable.

    Yeah, there are some questions about how he left Miami, but you know Huizenga, who knows more about the matter than you or I, gave Saban has blessing to leave after they talked privately. And really, it’s kind of not doable to be a successful coach somewhere you don’t want to be.

    I don’t wave that affair off entirely, but neither do I draw too many conclusions about. I simply don’t know what went on behind the scenes; I don’t know what discussions Saban and Huizenga had at the beginning or at the end of that Miami job, and I don’t know what kind of discussions Saban had with his wife. Given how up-front and honest Saban has seemed at Alabama, I’m not convinced that he was the weasely back-stabbing bastard then that the media made him out to be.

  14. Glen February 18, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    Oops, thought I cut ‘n pasted that 1st para to the end, but looks like y’all get to read some of my brilliant writing and analysis twice. It’s yer lucky day!

  15. AUman76 February 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    well I be damn…an honest bammer fan? Glen I agree with most of your assessment of lil nicky. I despise him as a person but the SOB seems to be able to win. I do think he’s a lil shady and not exactly a moral role model. I love to shoot the shit with my Bama buddies and actually respect the attention they bring my home state. Hate losing to y’all but when the game and it is a game is over life goes on….be it a lil sadder for a while. lol
    I didn’t like lil nicky before he showed up at LSwho and sure didn’t like the exit from Miami. I also didn’t care for Tubby leavin ol piss after saying it would be in a pine box if he did so. Then we tossed a suitcase full of $$$$$ at him and low and behold he shows up on the plains sones the pine box. Then again I didn’t like the jetgate crap that was pulled with the current hawg coach. (can’t bear to say his name) lol
    By the way congrats on the glass trophy and hope you can see my team hoist one in the near future cause this once young boy has grown old waitin. Glen take care and War Eagle to misguided RTR man.

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