It’s never too early to peer even further into the future to figure out which players are shaping up as legitimate Heisman candidates for 2012.
A lot of the players who people bandy about in 2011, but who fail to gain traction with the Heisman electorate, will nonetheless be well-positioned for a 2012 run.
Obviously, some players will go pro and we don’t know exactly who will comprise that list at the moment, so this list makes a few educated assumptions and goes from there.
At first glance, this appears to be a strong field:
Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State
Lamar Miller, Miami
Michael Dyer, Auburn
Knile Davis, Arkansas
Robert Griffin III
Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Tyler Bray, Tennessee
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Geno Smith, West Virginia
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
I think Lattimore has the chance to be the front runner, along with Smith, Robinson, Griffin and Bray.