New Heisman contender

October, 4, 2011
10/04/11
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As if the field wasn't already chalk-full of contenders, the Stats & Info team says no player did more to help his cause this past week than Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
Trent Richardson rushed for a career-high 181 yards on 29 carries in Alabama’s win against Florida. Richardson was able to run through defenders with 123 of his yards coming after contact (4.2 YAC per att). Entering the week, Richardson had rushed for only 157 yards after contact on 67 attempts this season (2.3 YAC per att). In the fourth quarter against Florida, Richardson broke a 36-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach. It was Richardson’s third 30-plus yard touchdown run of the season, tying him with Lamar Miller (Miami) and Taylor Martinez Nebraska) for the most in FBS.

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has, of course, been the front-runner since Day 1. He didn't hurt his cause either with his 23-of-27 passing and three touchdowns -- or the circus catch he made in the first quarter against UCLA. Earlier today, coach David Shaw called it Luck's most complete game of the season.

"He was playing at an A, A-plus level," Shaw said.

Much of the weekly hype was also focused on Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson and his performance against Nebraska. It's a QB-happy field this year and Luck finds himself sitting atop some pretty good company.

Look for my Heisman ballot a little later today.

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