Pac-10 Heisman Trophy contenders

August, 12, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Jahvid Best, RB, California: He's the West Coast's top candidate and probably the No. 1 running back in the nation. And he's often spectacular, see an 8.1 yards per carry average and seven runs of of 60 or more yards.

Jeremiah Masoli, QB, Oregon: He was brilliant over the final three games of the 2008 season, completing 50 of 75 (67 percent) passes for 830 yards and six touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed 38 times for 248 yards (6.5 yards per carry) and seven scores. What happens if that's his standard in 2009?

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State: He was the 2008 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year as a true freshman and was the key player in the Beavers upset of USC. If Oregon State makes a move in the polls, and Rodgers is doing his thing, his name could start to generate some buzz.

The USC QB: Yeah, sound silly -- is it Aaron Corp or Matt Barkley? -- but the USC quarterback is almost always worth noting as a Heisman candidate considering two -- Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart -- have won the award since Pete Carroll took over.

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