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CFB 24 440 Heisman Trophy Watch 21611563 Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn Cameron+Newton%2C+QB%2C+Auburn CFB

Newton — currently under NCAA scrutiny over his recruitment — maintained his status as the Heisman front-runner thanks to a versatile showing against Mississippi. The Auburn quarterback not only threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, but he also rushed for 45 yards and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass. While it wasn’t the usual overwhelming performance we are used to seeing from Newton, it was more than enough to impress voters who might have been looking for chinks in his armor. Newton is on pace for more than 2,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards, and reaching those marks while leading the Tigers to an undefeated season would easily assure him of the Heisman.
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CFB 24 440 Heisman Trophy Watch 21608628 LaMichael James, RB, Oregon LaMichael+James%2C+RB%2C+Oregon CFB

By having a monster game against USC, James not only held his own in the race, but he also gained some ground on Auburn's Cameron Newton. Whereas before Week 9 he was battling with Kellen Moore for second, he is now in sole possession of the No. 2 spot and growing stronger. If all goes according to form, James will be right there with Newton going into the weekend before the final vote is due. He’s currently on pace for 1,900 yards, but it’d improve his chances even more if he can crack 2,000. I think that, barring injury, James is on his way to New York and, if a few things go his way, he could yet steal the Heisman away from Newton.
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CFB 24 440 Heisman Trophy Watch 21608627 Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State Kellen+Moore%2C+QB%2C+Boise+State CFB

Moore played well in a Tuesday night game against Louisiana Tech last week but, given the opponent, I don’t think he made much of an impression with Heisman voters, especially when you compare his performance with what Newton and James did a few days later. Yes, he did catch a touchdown pass and continued his torrid passing streak, but he is a slave to the circumstances of his schedule. Moore is heading to New York, but he’s a distant third in this race, and will need both Newton and James to either drop off statistically, lose, or get injured to have a shot at winning.
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CFB 24 440 Heisman Trophy Watch 21611562 Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State Terrelle+Pryor%2C+QB%2C+Ohio+State+ CFB

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Here's how the top 10 of the voting would look after the season's first nine weeks: 1. Cameron Newton; 2. LaMichael James; 3. Kellen Moore; 4. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan; 5. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State; 6. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford; 7. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska; 8. Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa; 9. Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas; 10. Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor.
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