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As we enter the sixth week of the collegiate football season, Heisman Trophy talk is ramping up. The Heisman Trophy is given to the best college athlete and is determined by wins and in most cases by ESPN highlights. It isn’t easy to rank players but the following individuals stand out among the pack for their top-notch performances:
Kellen Moore: There are many familiar faces in college football, none more familiar to college fans than Kellen Moore; a player who seems as if he has been around forever and continues to play at a high level. He plays the game with such ease that it looks easy out there for him.
Moore is a prolific senior quarterback who has been in the Heisman talks for the last 3 years. He took a step back last week against Nevada, a game where the usually efficient quarterback threw 2 interceptions and completed only 57 percent of his passes.
Robert Griffin III: This junior is an unlikely player to receive the Heisman but his stats and play thus far stand above most of the other candidates. The gifted Quarterback from Baylor has played lights out against lesser competition, at some point throwing more touchdowns than incompletions.
Right now, Griffin is at 18 touchdowns. Last week he played an inspiring games against Kansas State in which he had 5 touchdowns. His team lost in the end due to an untimely interception which does not help his chances to strike that Heisman pose at season’s end.
Trent Richardson: During week 5 against Florida State, Trent Richardson showed up and racked up 181 yards with 2 touchdowns. His totals for the young season is 622 yards with 10 touchdowns, living up to the preseason hype that placed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
After sharing carries with the 2009 Heisman winner Mark Ingram, Trent is finally the guy in Alabama. Next weekend at Vanderbilt he looks to surpass his totals for last year and improve upon his chances to follow Mark Ingram in winning a Heisman.
Russell Wilson: The rise and play of Wilson has been unexpected. The senior transfer with a year of eligibility is just what Wisconsin needed to balance out their tremendous run game. He has been electrifying all the while being very accurate. His transition to becoming the leader for his team has been seamless and impressive.
Last week against Nebraska, Wilson threw for 255 yards and 2 touchdowns, running for another touchdown as well. Wilson has amassed over 1300 yards so far and 1 interception with a 75 percent completion rate.
Andrew Luck: There has been a lot of talk about Luck over the past 3 years. Last year he was expected to be the number 1 pick in the NFL draft. Of course, he chose to stay an extra year and is now attempting to win a National Championship and maybe a Heisman Trophy as well.
He has lived up to the hype so far and is looking like the best player in college football. The talent on his team is considerably less than the others on this list (aside from Griffin), but Luck continues to deliver. Last week Luck threw for 227 yards and 3 touchdowns and what’s even more impressive, is the news that broke this week about him calling his own plays the majority of the game.
That rarely happens, even in the NFL. Luck is being described as Payton Manning Jr., high praise for the young signal caller.
Other players to be mentioned, as we try to predict the future winner of the Heisman, include Lamdry Jones, Marcus Lattimore, Tyrann Mathieu and Denard Robinson.