The 2011 Heisman finalists have been announced. Either Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Tyrann Mathieu or Montee Ball will be named the best player in college football for the 2011 season.
Andrew Luck – Stanford – QB
Andrew Luck was the favorite heading into the 2011 season (he’s also expected to go No.1 in the NFL draft, possibly as a Peyton Manning replacement) and Bleacher Reports still has him leading the pack now that the finalists have been named.
Luck was runner-up in 2010 and with 35 passing touchdowns, 3,170 passing yards, and two rushing touchdowns, he has a pretty good shot of bringing home the trophy this year.
Here’s a highlight video from Andrew Luck’s 2011 season.
Montee Ball – Wisconsin – Running Back
Andrew Luck might be the favorite, but if Montee Ball scores a touchdown in the Rose Bowl he’ll tie Barry Sanders’ FBS touchdown record with 39 TDs in a season, and that’s Heisman material. (Sanders won the award in 1998.) ESPN reports that Ball’s 38 touchdowns are the most scored by a Big Ten player since Eddie George won the Heisman Trophy in 1995 with 25 TDs.
RG3 – Robert Griffin III – Baylor
RG3 is putting up a pretty impressive fight to be considered the best quarterback in college football. Griffin threw 36 touchdowns, compared to just 6 interceptions, and has lead the Baylor to 9 victories, the most the team has earned since 1986. Griffin is only the second player from Baylor to be named a Heisman Finalist.
Trent Richardson – Alabama
Two years ago Trent Richardson played next to Heisman winner Mark Ingram at Alabama. If Ingram’s 20 touchdown season was enough to get him the Heisman, Richardson could have a chance since he already has 23 TDs in 2011.
Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
Tyrann Mathieu is the only defensive player to make the 2011 Heisman finalist list and he’s hoping to become only the second defensive player in history to win the award. (Woodson won in 1997.) USA Today reports that Mathieu has 70 tackles so far this season, has forced 6 fumbles, two interceptions, and has returned two punts for touchdowns.
Who do you think will win the 2011 Heisman Award? Do you think another player deserved to be a Heisman finalist?