Saturday, December 11, 2010

Heisman Trophy Preview

Tonight at 8 PM on ESPN, a college football star will receive the prestigious Heisman Trophy. The four finalists are: QB Cameron Newton (Auburn), QB Andrew Luck (Stanford), RB LaMichael James (Oregon), and QB Kellen Moore (Boise State).

Cam Newton is the consensus favorite to win the award, after leading Auburn to an undefeated season and the Tostitos BCS Championship Game. Cam Newton has thrown for 28 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions, and added 20 rushing touchdowns. LaMichael James is the best player on the most explosive offense in the country and has also carried his team to the Championship Game against Cam Newton and the Tigers. James rushed for 1682 yards and 21 touchdowns, averaging 6 yards a carry for the #2 Ducks.

Andrew Luck, the highly touted NFL Draft prospect, led Stanford to a 11-1 record and entrance into the Discover Orange Bowl. Luck threw 28 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions. Additionally, he ran for 438 yards and three touchdowns. Boise State's Kellen Moore, now considered an underdog for this award due to Boise State's crushing loss to Nevada, had a 185.0 QB Rating, with 33 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions.

Despite Cam Newton being the favorite to win the Heisman, Cam Newton has been involved in a recruiting scandal, in which his father demanded and received payments from schools who were after rights to Newton. Many oppose Newton's eligibility in this award, after Reggie Bush was stripped of his Heisman just months ago. Even though it will be a controversial decision, Cam Newton is likely to become the Heisman Trophy winner.

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