With the college football season under way, speculation about who will take home the sport's most coveted award has begun to pick up speed. Following is the short list of contenders in alphabetical order:
*Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State WR
*Robert Griffin III, Baylor QB
*Landry Jones, Oklahoma QB
*Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina RB
*Andrew Luck, Stanford QB
*Kellen Moore, Boise State QB
*Chris Rainey, Florida RB
*Trent Richardson, Alabama RB
*Denard Robinson, Michigan QB
*Russell Wilson, Wisconsin QB
The debate about Heisman worthiness tends to fall into two schools of thought: it's either a lock for the best college football player in the country or the one with the most NFL potential. Some might argue that these are one and the same but they aren't. In fact, many mediocre college players turn out to have the physical assets necessary to become NFL greats. Conversely, many stellar college ballers don't have the build to last in the NFL.
So the debate goes on.
The only thing that is certain is that no matter what your belief about who should win the Heisman Trophy, the award is meant to go to an outstanding player. While Moore isn't built like most NFL quarterbacks, his precision and preparation are top-notch. Whether he comes away from the 2011 season with this highest of honors depends on how the other contenders play—and the Heisman voters.
Moore is in excellent shape according to most analysts. ESPN's Skip Bayless and Christian Fauria have Moore near the top, while Sarah Phillips believes that Boise's golden goose will run away with the bronze statue handily.
Others believe that despite Moore's abilities on the field, he cannot win due to the "big school politics" that dominate college football's widely criticized food chain. Were he to be slinging pigskin at a PAC-12 or SEC school, the story might not even be up for debate.
We'll find out who walks away with a Heisman later this fall.