Week one is in the books and it’s time to start looking at how the 2011 Heisman race is shaping up.
Here is my list of the players who currently stand the best chance of actually winning the Heisman. This is not a predicted order of the final vote, nor the order of how the vote would go if held today. Some players not on this list are likely to receive support, but not enough to win.
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — Luck held serve with a solid game in a win against San Jose State, throwing for 171 yards and two touchdowns. He remains the favorite after week one.
2. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — Moore was 28 of 34 for 261 yards and 3 TDs in a win over Georgia. Having such a good game against a high profile opponent really gives his Heisman campaign a boost.
3. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma — Jones passed for 375 yards and a TD in OU’s rout of Tulsa. He remains a viable candidate, but he’ll need Luck and Moore to stumble.
4. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama — Richardson got off to a slow start with just 37 yards, but he did score 3 TDs. He’s got a chance to give his campaign a jolt next week against Penn State.
5. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan — Robinson threw for 98 and rushed for 46 in a win over Western Michigan that was called after three quarters. For now, it looks like Robinson has the chance to put up some good numbers in Brady Hoke’s new system.
6. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina — Lattimore rushed for 112 yards and 3 TDs against East Carolina. He’s got a big game coming up against Georgia this week.
7. Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor — Griffin had the best performance of the weekend, going 21 of 27 for 359 yards and 5 TDs, while also adding 38 yards rushing, against TCU. He’s the hottest player in the country right now.
8. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska — Martinez seemed to get some of the magic back that he showed early last season, rushing for 135 yards and passing for 116 against Chattanooga.
9. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia — Smith did well in his first game in Dana Holgorsen’s offense, passing for 249 yards and 2 TDs against Marshall. The game vs. LSU will make or break his candidacy.
10. Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M — Gray rushed for 132 yards and 2 TDs on 21 carries in A&M’s dominating win over SMU.
11. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon — James was held to 54 yards and a TD on 18 carries. He looks like he has lost a step or two and he’s one lackluster game away from dropping off this list completely.