- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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The front of the pack isn't always the best place to start the race when it comes to the Heisman Trophy.
More than 900 voters will be watching Luck every week and wanting to see him consistently perform at a higher level than the other contenders. Many of those voters are expecting him to look like the probable No. 1 pick in the next NFL draft. And when expectations get that high, a couple of mediocre outings can be all it takes to dash Heisman hopes. Just ask Peyton Manning.
Edwards goes on to list five very plausible reasons why Luck has an uphill battle in his quest for the Heisman. Insiders can get the full scoop. The gist of it is that history and Stanford's style of offense don't lend themselves to producing a Heisman winner.
Luck, who finished second in the Heisman voting last year behind Auburn's Cam Newton, was 17-of-26 for 171 yards and two touchdowns Saturday in Stanford's 57-3 win over San Jose State. He also rushed for a 1-yard touchdown. He played smart, mistake-free football. Some challenges coming up with back-to-back road games at Duke and Arizona. Stanford doesn't play again in Palo Alto until Oct. 1 against UCLA.
Some really good insight and analysis from ESPN Insider Brad Edwards about why Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is not going to win the Heisman.Writes Edwards:The front of the pack isn't always the best place to start the race when it comes to the Heisman Trophy.