The 2012 NCAA football season has begun and it is time to look at the serious candidates for the Heisman Trophy.
Matt Barkley the quarterback from USC is considered the leading candidate to win the Heisman in 2012. Last season he passed for 3,528 yards and threw 39 touchdown passes. Barkley is a accurate passer that can make any throw on the field. USC is considered a prime contender to play in the BCS championship game and that will help Barkley’s chances to win the trophy. Trojan wide receiver Robert Woods is considered by some to be the best wide receiver in the nation and he will be a reliable target for Barkley in 2012. Woods had 111 receptions for 1292 yards and 15 touchdown catches.
Montee Ball of Wisconsin is considered the top running back candidate to win the Heisman. Ball gained 1,923 yards and scored 39 touchdowns. The 39 touchdowns tied Barry Sanders NCAAF record set in 1988. Ball is a small but powerful runner who can hide behind the massive Badger offensive line. Although the Badgers lost several lineman to the NFL Wisconsin has a reputation of churning out top flight replacements.
Denard Robinson led the Michigan Wolverines to a 11 win season and a Sugar Bowl victory over Virginia Tech last season. Robinson threw for 2,173 yards and 15 touchdown passes he was also deadly running the ball as he ran for 1,176 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Wolverines will have to match last season’s win total and a win in the opening game versus Alabama could go a long way for his chances to win the Heisman.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones was considered a prime candidate to win the Heisman in 2011 but the Sooners and Jones had what some considered a off season. Jones threw 15 interceptions last season but he still threw for 4,463 yards and 29 touchdown passes. The keys for Jones chances are if Oklahoma can find a replacement for wide receiver Ryan Broyles and the defense can improve. The Sooners have rehired Mike Stoops the former defensive coordinator and former Arizona head coach to head the defense.
It will be an interesting race for the Heisman in 2012. Don’t be surprised in a long shot candidate wins the trophy much like last season when Robert Griffin III won the Heisman.
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