The 2011 Heisman Trophy presentation will air on December 10th on ESPN at 8:00 pm ET, though the award won't be given out for at least a half-hour after that or so. The list has been narrowed down to five deserving candidates.
Robert Griffin III can be the first player from Baylor to receive The Heisman Memorial Trophy. Griffin ranked second in the nation in total offense with 387 yards per game. This season he threw 36 touchdowns and passed for 3,998 yards. Griffin and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow are two of four players in major college history with at least 9,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing in a career.
Andrew Luck can be the second player from Stanford to win The Heisman Trophy, joining Jim Plunkett who won in 1970. Luck passed for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns this season. Luck broke Stanford's records for career touchdown passes and single-season touchdown passes.
Tyrann Mathieu can be second LSU Tiger to win The Heisman Memorial Trophy, joining Billy Cannon who won in 1959. Mathieu had 71 tackles, 5 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions this year. He also gained 420 yards and 2 touchdowns in punt returns during LSU's 13-0 season. Mathieu can be the second cornerback to be inducted into this group Charles Woodson, who won the award in 1997.
Montee Ball led the nation with 1,759 rushing yards and 32 rushing touchdowns for the Wisconsin Badgers. He holds second place all-time at UW with 60 career touchdowns and 54 career rushing touchdowns. He has the opportunity to join two other Badgers in winning the award: Ron Dayne (1999) and Alan Ameche (1954).
Trent Richardson rushed for 1,583 yards and had 20 touchdowns this season for Alabama. If awarded the Heisman, Richardson will only be the second player from Alabama to receive the trophy joining the 2009 winner, Mark Ingram, Jr.
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