Spartan Nation Top Heisman Prospects for 2011

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Who will win the most coveted award in college football?  Spartan Nation makes their pick.

Who will win the most coveted award in college football? Spartan Nation makes their pick.

 

 

  1. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State: Spartan Nation projects the Buckeyes to go undefeated and play in the national championship game. If Pryor doesn’t improve and just plays as good as he did in the 2010 Rose Bowl they will. Making that game and simply staying at the Rose Bowl caliber will get him the most sought after hardware in college football.
  2. Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas: This former Wolverine has all of the tools and if Pryor should slip could step into the winner’s podium for this prestigious award. He has all the tools and an offense that will let him put up amazing numbers. He could play himself into the number one pick in the 2011 NFL draft, and although we predict Pryor to win it, could snatch it if he stumbles.
  3. Andy Dalton, QB, TCU: I also predict TCU to make the national title game and this strong-armed signal caller could be the reason. With an accuracy rate of over 60% and all the talent in the world, this QB that makes great decisions could take an improbable non-BCS school and just get the love. Being from a non-BCS school hurts him. If another BCS school runs the table then they will be out of the national title picture so he needs both Pryor and Mallett to falter and no more than one BCS school to go undefeated.
  4. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State: Moore should be higher on this list, like number two. Sadly for him, being from a non-BCS school hurts him in the politics that has become the Heisman. He is one of the most accurate passers (highest on this list) at close to 70% and in case you are wondering, the Boise offense isn’t run oriented. Here is the skinny. His team starts the season at what is essentially a home game for Virginia Tech with an amazing defense. I don’t think the Broncos win that game. If they do, they could run the table. A Boise team running the table changes this list. If they win their game against VT, immediately move him to second on this list.
  5. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: Jones wasn’t supposed to play last year. With Sam Bradford’s injury he had to. He played well. He will only improve this season, and if OU could run the table (if they do run the table they will play for the national title) he could win it if Pryor stumbles. There are a lot of ifs, but he makes the top five because there are ifs that could reasonably happen.

 

Why no Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama? First, repeating is almost impossible. The past says that the odds are against it. Secondly, can he have another amazing season with an Alabama team that will be talented, but won’t run the table? I don’t think so.