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Heisman Preview

   by ASA - 07/23/2010

WHO WINS THE HEISMAN IN 2010? You might be surprised!

Last year was somewhat of an aberration as far as the recent Heisman Trophy history goes. Why is that? Because it went to a running back and not a quarterback. Alabama’s Mark Ingram took home the hardware. It was only the second time since 2000 the award was given to a player who wasn’t a quarterback. The other was back in 2005 when Reggie Bush grabbed the award and apparently a number of other things putting USC in the predicament they are currently in. Before 2000 there was a nice run of running back’s including Ron Dayne, Ricky Williams and Eddie George, however the signal callers have dominated over the last decade. Forget about picking a wide receiver as nobody since Desmond Howard in 1991 has captured the Heisman. With those thoughts in mind I decided to concentrate only on QB’s. I took a deep look into this year’s QB candidates and I have a very nice value play (longer shot) for you in 2010.

What would you say if I told you that the candidate I am using was entering his third year as a starting QB and his record as a starter is 26-1? Wow, that’s pretty impressive. How about throwing for over 7,000 yards in his first two seasons? Not bad at all. How does 64 TD’s and only 13 interceptions sound? Wow. Not only that, we are getting this QB at 15 to 1 odds. It’s almost a must take situation.

That player is Boise State QB Kellen Moore (currently +1500).

The only problem is, Moore is not the quarterback of a so called “big name” BCS school. However, putting up those huge numbers in his first two years will possibly allow him to break through the “small school player can’t win it” barrier this year. Unlike his first and to some degree his second season, Moore is now a well known commodity. He leads a team that was 14-0 last year and returns 20 starters. They beat TCU in a BCS bowl last year (Fiesta). If he can put up big numbers in the season opener vs. Virginia Tech and they can win, this team can run the table again. If that happens, Moore will be on a short list of candidates to win this prestigious award.

While Ingram, Ryan Mallett, Jake Locker and Terrelle Pryor are grabbing most of the Heisman headlines, Moore is a legit and underrated candidate. Remember, last year Ingram won the trophy despite being just a blip on the Heisman radar screen before the 2009 season kicked off. He wasn’t in anyone’s top 20 and I couldn’t find a sports book anywhere that had his odds listed at the beginning of the 2009 season. While Moore isn’t nearly as under the radar as Ingram was, he still isn’t getting the respect he deserves. At +1500 odds, he has a great shot at taking home the hardware meaning you (and I) will be taking home some cash!

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