College Football Heisman Watch: Running Backs
Total Pro Sports – Today we’ll take a look at the top College Football Running Backs who are potentially in the running for the Heisman Trophy.
Top Heisman Running Backs Candidates:
1. Javon Ringer (Michigan State Spartans) – Michigan State is 9-2 for the first time since 1999 and atop the Big 12. Javon Ringer has been instrumental to the Spartans success, carrying the ball on average 32 times a game and 99 rush attempts ahead of the next nearest back at 353. This gives the Spartans a clock eater in the backfield. Ringer also leads the country in rushing touchdowns with 20 and rushing yards with 1548. His stock also rises if they can manage to beat PSU in the season finale and win the Big 12 for the first time since 1990. If Ringer does turn out to be only a runner up in the Heisman race he is still going to make a great NFL back with his workhorse numbers.
2. Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State Cowboys) – This guy is a special running back, in only his sophomore season Hunter and the Cowboys stayed undefeated through the first 8 games of the season before falling to a No. 1 and No. 2 in back to back weeks. Playing at Oklahoma State, the same school as the legendary Barry Sanders, Hunter may surpass some of Barry’s numbers. Hunter is currently fourth in the nation in rushing with 1332 yards, but has gained those totals on only 199 attempts, that’s an average of 6.7 YPC. To put his numbers in perspective if he had as many attempt as Javon Ringer, Hunter would have 2364 rushing yards based on average. He also has 13 rushing touchdowns and has caught 12 passes for 110 yards. Hunter will be a fixture in the Cowboys backfield for years and will be playing on Sunday’s if he stays healthy.
3. Shonn Greene (Iowa Hawkeyes) – The Hawkeyes have stayed close in every game they have played, they can thank Shonn Greene for that. Greene has rushed for at least 100 yards in every game this season and has totaled 1374 rushing yards thus far, which puts him third in the country. His 6.1 yards per carry is impressive considering he has 226 attempts on the season. Greene also has contributed 13 rushing touchdowns to the offense but may not get enough votes because of the team he plays on. He stands only 5’11” but weighs in at a bulky 225lb, Shonn will be scouted carefully and they will love his quickness and cut back ability.
Honorable Mentions: Donald Brown (Connecticut), LeSean McCoy (Pittsburgh), MiQuale Lewis (Ball State)
Check back tomorrow for our College Football Heisman Watch: Wide Receivers