Every year, on the Saturday after conference championships, the prostiges Heisman Award is awarded to “the Most Outstanding College Football Player in the United States.” Most years, it is pretty obvious who will win the award, but this year it is up for grabs. What would my Heisman ballot look like?

  1. Robert Griffin III (QB, Baylor Bears)
  2. Trent Richardson (RB, Alabama Crimson Tide)
  3. Montee Ball (RB, Wisconsin Badgers)
  4. Matt Barkley (QB, USC)
  5. Case Keenum (QB, Houston Cougars)

    RGIII

Robert Griffin III, or RGIII, has been phenomenal this year. He has completed 70% of his passes for about 4000 yards, and has only thrown 6 interceptions. He has also thrown 36 touchdowns. Even though he is a QB, RGIII can run the ball almost as well as he can throw it. He has 644 rushing yards and 9 rushing touchdowns. RGIII is also very clutch. When Baylor was playing OU, RGIII he threw for 479 yards, rushed for 72 yards, and threw 4 touchdown passes including a game winner. RGIII has made the Baylor Bears competitive.

Trent Richardson is one of the scariest players in college football. He bench presses 475 pounds, because “they [the trainers] won’t let me go up [in weight].” He also runs a 4.4 40 yard dash. How do you stop him? Blitz every single guy on your defense to stop him. This is exactly what other SEC defenses did, and limited Richardson’s effectiveness, but it didn’t stop him from having a very impressive year. This year, Richardson has rushed for 1,583 yards, scored 20 rushing touchdowns, and 3 receiving touchdowns. If not for the physical SEC defenses, Richardson would deffinently win this year’s Heisman.

He won’t be on many people’s ballots, but Montee Ball deserves to be on everyones’. The Wisconsin running back is first in the Big-10 in rushing yards (1,622), rushing yards per attempt (6.5), rushing touchdowns (29), yards from scrimmage (1,870), and touchdowns (34). Ball is also leading all of the NCAA in total points (204). Ball has been unbelievable the season and deserves the Heisman just as much as everyone else.

Even though USC is not allowed to play in a bowl game (recruiting violations), Matt Barkley has been superb for the Trojans this year. He is in the top 3 in the Pac-12 for almost every passing statistic including passing yards (3,528), passing touchdowns (39), and has thrown only 7 interceptions. If Barkley decides to stay for his Senior year at USC, he will be a Heisman favorite for next year as well.

If it weren’t for a loss to Southern Mississippi, Case Keenum would be higher on my ballot. A sixth year senior, Keenum has been nothing short of amazing. This year, Keenum has passed for 4,726 yards, 47 touchdowns, has completed over 70% of his passes, all while only throwing 3 interceptions. Along the way, Keenum broke the NCAA records for most touchdown passes in a game (9), most touchdown passes in a career (139), and total offense (16,910 yards). Although these stats are very impressive, Keenum was mainly playing teams in the C-USA, whose teams are much less talented as those found in the Big 12, SEC, and Pac-12.

This year’s Heisman ceremony will be one of the most interesting ceremonies in recent memory. Nobody has a clear idea of who will win, and there are many deserving candidates. Tune in on Saturday, December 10, at 7 p.m. eastern, on ESPN. It will be worth it!

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