The Heisman Trophy 2010 vote is underway, set to decide the best player in college football this season. The 2010 Heisman Trophy race comes down to the final four horses, with Cam Newton, LaMichael James, Andrew Luck, and Kellen Moore all looking to win the award. It is out of their hands now, though, as the Heisman Trophy winners now have to decide which one of these four players most embodies the award that they are trying to win.
According to ESPN, the official announcement of the final four came on Monday, but the public announcement will come on Saturday when the players all travel to Times Square. They will stay there, as the 76th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy dinner will take place Monday, Dec. 13. The 2010 Heisman Trophy Award will be given out during the live presentation ceremony on ESPN, with coverage beginning at 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET). It is at that point when we will find out who the winner is this year.
The final four players up for the award are all pretty good, with two of them coming from teams competing in the BCS National Championship Game this season. Newton is the quarterback for the Auburn Tigers and James is the lead running back for the Oregon Ducks. Both players have had superb seasons and could now be recognized as the best player in college football this year. Newton threw for 2,489 yards and ran for 1,409 more, putting up a total of 48 touchdowns combined for the season. He seems to be the favorite, despite all of the controversy surrounding him off the field.
James ran for 1,682 yards and 21 touchdowns in just 11 games this year, two less than Newton, and he had an amazing 152 rushing yards per game. Many of the games he played in he wasn’t even put on the field in the fourth quarter, with the Ducks just getting too far ahead of their opponents.
It seems that Moore and Luck are on the second tier of players when it comes to the 2010 Heisman Trophy, and that takes a bit away from what they were able to accomplish on the field. Both quarterbacks led their schools to 11-1 records this season, and Luck is projected to be the No. 1 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. Moore is eligible for the draft as well, and someone will definitely give him a try in the NFL.
The Heisman Trophy presentation should be an interesting one, especially with all of the drama that has followed Newton and Auburn this year. During a fan vote done by ESPN, he received 40 percent of the overall vote, just beating out LSU’s Patrick Peterson and Michigan’s Denard Robinson. Neither player was in the final four, nor was Terrelle Pryor of Ohio State. All this could lead to a relatively deep draft class if the NFL lockout doesn’t kill the draft.