Big East Heisman candidates

August, 10, 2011
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It's time to take a look at the Heisman contenders in the Big East. This is going to be a pretty short post, because there are not many serious candidates to start the season. But here are a few possibilities in order of likeliest candidates:

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. How many more times can we talk about potential in connection with Smith and the addition of new coach Dana Holgorsen? All you have to do is look at some stats to get an idea of what could happen to the West Virginia offense. Last season, Brandon Weeden threw for more than 4,000 yards with Holgorsen in charge. Case Keenum threw for more than 5,000 yards with Holgorsen in charge. Graham Harrell threw for more than 4,000 yards one season and more than 5,000 yards the next with Holgorsen in charge. You get the idea.

Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati. With the offense and players he has on his side, Collaros should top 3,000 yards. But the question, as always, is whether the Bearcats will be good enough to go undefeated. Heisman notice comes not just with eye-catching stats but also with a team that wins and wins a lot.

Ray Graham, RB, Pitt. This is a bit of an unknown because of the new offense that Todd Graham is bringing to the Panthers. Dion Lewis was talked about as a serious Heisman contender before last season started. Ray Graham might have been in the same situation if not for this offense. But there is no doubt Ray Graham still will have a big role with the ability to reach 1,000 yards.

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