Denard Robinson wasn’t the same player most experts anointed as the Heisman trophy favorite a few weeks ago.
Robinson completed 17 of 29 passes (58.6 completion percentage) for just 215 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions, while rushing 21 times for 84 yards and a touchdown as Michigan lost to Michigan State 34-17.
Although it wasn’t a terrible game, he was not as efficient as he has been throughout the season. Combine that with the loss, and many are now questioning his stranglehold on the Heisman trophy.
Here are five players whose stock is on the rise.
5. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Although there is a chance he may not be in New York this winter hoping to win the Heisman, Justin Blackmon deserves to be mentioned for his excellent play in five games this season.
Against Louisiana-Lafayette Blackmon caught a season high 13 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns.
Blackmon deserves praise for his amazing play in five games.
On the season, Blackmon has 47 receptions for 748 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is tied for second in receptions and is second in yards. He leads the nation with 11 receiving touchdowns and is averaging 149.6 yards per game.
4. Cameron Newton, Auburn
Although the Tigers barely defeated Kentucky to stay undefeated, a win is a win and it was all thanks to quarterback Cameron Newton.
Newton was not as effective in the passing game as he has been previously during the season. He failed to throw a touchdown and threw one interception en route to completing 13 of 21 passes for a 61.9 completion percentage.
However, when a quarterback not named Denard Robinson rushes 28 times for 198 yards and a whopping four touchdowns, people need to take notice.
For the season, Newton has put up fantastic numbers.
Newton has thrown for 1,138 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 64.8 percent of his passes. More impressive, Newton has rushed 104 times for 672 yards and nine touchdowns.
Auburn will go on to battle Arkansas and LSU in the next two games, which could ultimately decide whether or not Newton gets an invite to New York.
3. Kellen Moore, Boise State
The leader of the No. 2 team in my BCS Rankings, Kellen Moore deserves to be up there with the rest of the Heisman hopefuls.
Moore has been excellent over the past calendar year throwing three touchdowns in every game except one.
Speaking of one, Moore has only thrown one interception this season.
One. One interception.
In the 43 point blowout of Toledo, Moore completed a season high 72.7 percent of his passes and threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns.
For the year, Moore has completed a 67.4 percent of his passes for 1,336 yards, thrown for 14 touchdowns and of course, just one interception.
This type of effectiveness has the Broncos rolling and makes Moore one of my easiest choices as a Heisman hopeful.
2. LaMichael James, Oregon
James may be the best running back in the Nation at the moment.
In five games this season he has rushed for over 100 yards in all but one (he was shy just six yards Week 4), and has rushed for over 200 yards twice.
Additionally, LaMichael James’ 848 rushing yards ranks second nationally, trailing only Denard Robinson. He is also tied for third with nine rushing touchdowns, and leads the nation in average rushing yards with 169.6 per game.
Against Washington State, he carried the rock 25 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.
1. Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State
Despite his rough game, Robinson may still be my Heisman favorite.
However, if Robinson is my 1A, Terrelle Pryor is 1B.
Pryor has been fantastic this season leading Ohio State to an undefeated mark and the No. 1 spot on my BCS Rankings.
Against Indiana this past weekend, Pyror completed 80 percent of his passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns.
On the season, Pryor is completing 68.0 percent of his passes for 1,349 yards, 15 touchdowns and three interceptions. Additionally, he has rushed for 354 yards on 57 carries for three touchdowns.
Most importantly, Pyror is finally displaying the leadership I wasn’t sure I would see.
Pryor could very well lead his team to a BCS Championship after winning the Heisman trophy.
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Written by Brandon Galvin