Since the start of the 2010 college football season, the time has come to discuss the favorites to take home the Heisman trophy at the end of the season. Can Mark Ingram join an elite group by winning his second Heisman or will we see the award go to a surprise candidate? These are the top 2010 Heisman Favorites based on their past performance and projections.
Kellen Moore – Boise State
In case you missed it, Moore had an outstanding 2009 season where he passed for 3,536 yards while tossing 39 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. This alone is going to give Moore serious credentials when people begin to take a look at the upcoming season. The biggest thing holding Moore back in the race for the 2010 Heisman is the fact he is playing for Boise State. Had Moore been the quarterback at a school in the SEC, there is a good chance he would already have one Heisman under his belt.
Mark Ingram – Alabama
In 2009, Ingram earned his first Heisman trophy when he ran for 1,658 yards while scoring 17 touchdowns on the ground. He locked up the award with his dominating performance against the University of Florida in the SEC championship game. Ingram went on to help the Crimson Tide earn a National Championship. Even though Ingram will be sharing some of the carries with Richardson, you still have to give the man a chance at repeating.
Noel Devine – West Virginia
Devine is another running back who will earn some attention this season, especially after he showed flashes of brilliance last year. Devine carried the ball for 1,465 yards and scored 13 touchdowns in 2009. What was even more impressive was the 6.1 yards he averaged every time he touched the ball. If the Mountianeers have a hard time fielding a competitive team, Devine will have a steep up-hill battle for the 2010 Heisman.
Terrelle Pryor – Ohio State
This will be the year Terrelle Pryor finally steps up and shows why the Ohio State Buckeyes wanted him for the quarterback of their future. Not only does Pryor have the chance to pass for over 2,000 yards and run for another 500 yards, he is going to be playing on a team competing for a national title shot. If the Buckeyes remain in the hunt through the end of the season, Pryor can position himself to steal the Heisman trophy.
Chris Ponder – Florida State University
While this may be a common ‘sleeper’ selection for the 2010 Heisman trophy, there is at least some solid backing. In 2009, despite missing three games with an injury, he passed for 2,717 yards with 14 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. If the Seminoles’ new head coach, Jimbo Fisher, uses this talented quarterback to his fullest potential, the Seminoles will return to their winning ways. On the plus side, there is a big marketing push, CP7, to help keep Ponder’s name at the forefront of the Heisman race.