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Monday, December 12, 2011
Early look at B1G 2012 Heisman candidates

By Brian Bennett

The 2011 Heisman Trophy ceremony took place Saturday night, and very few people were talking about players like Robert Griffin III or Montee Ball as serious candidates before this season. So it's ridiculously early to be speculating on 2012 candidates. But it is a lot of fun.

Wisconsin's Ball is only a junior, and if he decides to come back for his senior season he'll be one of the preseason Heisman favorites in 2012. Most expect him to make the leap to the NFL, however, and his stock might never be higher.

So we'll assume Ball does not return as we examine some other potential Big Ten Heisman candidates next season: Others to watch: Iowa's James Vandenberg and Marcus Coker; Penn State's Silas Redd; Wisconsin's James White.