Heisman Trophy watch: Early Heisman Trophy candidates

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Heisman TrophyAs college football fans, what are we to do? The 2011-2012 season has been over for about a week and a half now and we won’t see any more games for almost seven and a half months. I say we take a look at the early candidates in the 2012 Heisman Trophy race. Next years race should be as exciting as any we have seen in the last 10 years. There are several big names coming back and there are several who “broke through” in 2012, and are at the cusp of stardom. The race should be skin tight right from the get go. It was tough to do, but I managed to scrap together a top ten list for next year. Lets take a look at the 2012 top ten shall we.

1. Matt Barkley-(QB/USC)- Matt Barkley was the hottest quarterback in the nation as we reached the end of the season and shocked a lot of people when he announced that he was returning for his senior season. In 2011, Barkley completed 69% of his passes and threw for 3,528 yards with 39 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. It doesn’t hurt that he will have the best receiving core in the nation led by the dynamic duo of Robert Woods and Marquise Lee. They also have a ton of starters returning on offense and will make a run at a national championship.

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2. Montee Ball-(RB/Wisconsin)-Mr. Ball will also return for his senior year after tying Barry Sanders single season record of 39 touchdowns. Last year, Ball was fourth in the country averaging 135.3 rushing yards a game. Ball will lose a couple of starters on the offensive line, as well as as Russel Wilson. The Badgers still should have a pretty good team and Wisconsin’s system will allow Ball to have huge numbers again next year.

3.  Geno Smith-(QB/West Virginia)-Geno Smith put up some serious numbers last year and put an explanation point on the end of it with a 407 yard 6 touchdown performance against Clemson in the Orange Bowl. He threw for 4,385 yards with 31 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and a 65.6 completion percentage. Smith can make every throw on the field, can run the ball and has a plethora of receivers coming back. If West Virginia stays in title contention, look for Smith to have a good chance to take home the Heisman. Read more here…

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