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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
ACC Heisman Watch: Week 10

By Heather Dinich

For the past few weeks, this space has been dedicated to the ACC's Heisman hopefuls. Long shots, dark-horse candidates, and the most legitimate name -- quarterback Tajh Boyd -- have all been mentioned.

Now, it's time to say goodbye.

Goodbye, Heisman update post. Farewell, New York. Adios national spotlight.

It's a two-player race between Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Alabama running back Trent Richardson, who are both still playing for undefeated teams. Without a national title contender, the ACC's chances of producing a Heisman candidate decrease significantly. That's not to say the Heisman winner and finalists won't come from a one-loss team, or a team on the outside looking in, but after throwing one touchdown and two interceptions in a loss at Georgia Tech, it's probably not going to be Boyd. Can Boyd play his way back into the conversation? Absolutely, but his biggest obstacle isn't his stat line at this point, it's Andrew Luck, who is widely regarded as the best quarterback in the country right now.

The good news for the ACC? Boyd, receiver Sammy Watkins, Virginia Tech running back David Wilson, Miami running back Lamar Miller -- they're still some of the best players in the country, and they're all young. Just because it doesn't happen this year doesn't mean it won't happen.