What a college football season! Here is my final six for the Heisman Trophy. I won't vote until after all the games are played on Dec. 3, and with plenty of questions remaining, this list is fluid. — CHARLES DAVIS (@cfd22)
Trent Richardson, junior, RB, Alabama
Stats: 1,380 yards rushing, 20 touchdowns; 322 yards receiving, two touchdowns. Simply put, he's a "beast back," not just a running back. Alabama's loss to LSU notwithstanding, Richardson was the force in the game and you couldn't take your eyes off him. He was this close to breaking off a big one on a number of runs.
Kellen Moore, senior, QB, Boise State
Stats: 2,915 yards passing, 35 touchdowns. Often gets lost in the shuffle because he plays at Boise State and his biggest games are usually played at the beginning of the year, and then in the the Broncos' bowl game. Once Moore's team lost at home to TCU, many dismissed him. I suggest they take another look at the winningest QB in NCAA FBS history.
Andrew Luck, senior, QB, Stanford
Stats: 2,937 yards passing, 31 touchdowns. The frontrunner when the season began, he's the biggest reason the Cardinal are still in the hunt for a Pac-12 title and another BCS berth. It's hard to go wire to wire as the "Heisman choice," but he has handled with aplomb. And, Luck's simply terrific.
Case Keenum, senior, QB, Houston
Stats: 4,269 yards passing, 38 touchdowns. Six is the lucky number for this slinger for the Cougars, as he received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA because of a knee injury last season. In 2011, he shattered numerous season and career NCAA records. He is the reason the Cougars are on track for an undefeated season and a BCS game berth. Tremendous!
Robert Griffin III, junior, QB, Baylor
Stats: 3,572 yards passing, 33 touchdowns, 550 yards rushing, five touchdowns. We saw him amaze on opening night in the win over TCU. We were reintroduced to it in the win over Oklahoma. His combination of skills (arm, legs, mind) are special, and, oh, so fun to watch.
Matt Barkley, junior, QB, USC
Stats: 3,105 yards passing, 33 touchdowns. What a leap this young man has made in his junior year. As the talent around him increased, so did his play and leadership. He owns a truly signature win at Oregon.