Ranking the Heisman Trophy candidates a week into the season is a complete crap shoot, but we’re here to give it our best college try.
A few of these names were on our preseason list, and few weren’t:
1. South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore: If the Gamecocks keep winning and Lattimore keeps churning out 100-yard rushing performances, he’s got a real chance. Nationally, he’s quickly becoming a household name and rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns in the opener.
2. Alabama running back Trent Richardson: Even though Richardson didn’t have big rushing numbers in the Crimson Tide’s opener, he still scored three touchdowns. The big numbers are sure to come, and Richardson will play on a big stage this weekend when Alabama faces Penn State in Happy Valley.
3. Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard: Having just missed 1,000 yards rushing this past season, Ballard felt like he was being overlooked this fall. He ripped Memphis for 166 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries in the opener and will take his shot at the Auburn defense Saturday.
4. South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery: He didn’t find the end zone in the Gamecocks’ opener, but Jeffery did catch five passes for 92 yards. He’s going to get his touchdowns and lots of them before this season is over and remains one of the toughest matchups in all of college football.
5. Florida running back Chris Rainey: Players who do a lot of different things well have typically been a hit with Heisman Trophy voters. All Rainey did in the Gators’ opener was rush for a touchdown, catch a touchdown pass and return a blocked punt for a touchdown. He finished with 146 combined rushing and receiving yards and is obviously going to touch the ball a bunch this season in Charlie Weis’ offense.