Athlon Sports Heisman Voting: Week 6

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Trent Richardson is the top rated running back after his huge performance in the Swamp.

Trent Richardson is the top rated running back after his huge performance in the Swamp.

-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on twitter)

Each week, the Athlon editors will vote on the most prestigious award in all of college football. A nine-man conglomerate of college football gurus from Athlon Sports will vote for their top 10 Heisman Trophy candidates. The votes will be tallied and the result will be posted as the Athlon Sports Heisman Watch List every Wednesday of the regular season.

Note: The scoring system is as follows: A first place vote earns a player 10 points. A second place votes earns nine points - so on and so forth until the 10th place player receives one point.

The Wisconsin Badgers pulled off the biggest win of the weekend, and quarterback Russell Wilson is a huge reason why. The former All-ACC performer has not only fit in quickly in Madison, but is now leading a national title contender. The Athlon Heisman contender has watched his stock rise every week of the season. Wilson didn't receive a single vote in the preseason ballot. He debuted on the list at 11th before Week Two. He moved to ninth prior to Week Three, sixth before Week Four and fifth last week.

Now, he is the top challenger to Andrew Luck — who has yet to relinquish his hold of the top slot at any point during the 2011 season.

1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford (86/90 total points, 8/9 first place votes)
Season Stats: 80/112, 1,013 yards, 11 TD, INT, 11 att., 58 yards, TD

The Cardinal rolled over UCLA 45-19 this weekend and Luck put his athleticism on full display. A tight-rope one-handed catch down the sideline (yes, I said catch) made all of the highlight tapes, but his near-flawless 23-of-27 performance led to Stanford's 12th straight win. He threw for another 227 yards and three more touchdowns. Next Game: Colorado

  Name Pos. Team Pts 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Ballots
1. Andrew Luck QB Stanford 86 8 - - - 1 9
2. Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin 74 - 3 5 1 - 9
3. Robert Griffin III QB Baylor 62 - 1 2 3 2 9
4. Kellen Moore QB Boise State 60 - 2 1 3 - 9
5. Trent Richardson RB Alabama 56 - 2 1 1 3 9
6. Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina 40 - 1 - 1 1 8
7. Landry Jones QB Oklahoma 30 - - - - 2 7
8. Denard Robinson QB Michigan 29 1 - - - - 7
9. Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma St 28 - - - - - 7
10. Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma St 10 - - - - - 3
11. LaMichael James RB Oregon 4 - - - - - 2
12. Robert Woods WR USC 4 - - - - - 2
13. Tyrann Mathieu CB LSU 4 - - - - - 3
14. Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma 3 - - - - - 2
15. Tajh Boyd QB Clemson 3 - - - - - 2
16. Darron Thomas QB Oregon 1 - - - - - 1
17. Matt Barkley QB USC 1 - - - - - 1

2. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin (74)
Season Stats: 83/111, 1,391 yards, 13 TD, INT, 22 att., 140 yards, 2 TD

If voters hadn't had a chance to watch Wilson's dual-threat skills in action before Saturday, you can bet everyone knows about him now. Wilson danced and dodged Husker defenders all night long to the tune of 255 yards, two touchdowns, no turnovers, 32 more yards rushing and another sprint into the endzone in the 48-17 statement win over Nebraska. Wisconsin has outscored its opponents by at least 31 points in every game, and Wilson is No. 2 nationally with an absurd 216.89 efficiency rating. Next Game: Bye Week

3. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor (62)
Season Stats: 92/112, 1,481 yards, 18 TD, 1 INT, 36 att., 173 yards, TD

Griffin III threw five touchdown passes for the third time in four 2011 games in the tough road loss to Kansas State (36-35). The Bears quarterback completed 23-of-31 passes for 346 yards to go with those five touchdowns. He is still leading the nation in efficiency with a 230.33 QB rating; however, his first interception of the season cost Baylor the game against KSU. Arthur Brown picked off the talented quarterback in the closing minutes, leading to the game-deciding field goal. Next Game: Iowa State

4. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State (75 pts)
Season Stats: 102/138, 1,137 yards, 14 TD, 4 INT, 5 att., (-6) yards

Despite a dominating 30-10 revenge victory over Nevada this weekend, voters would be shocked by Moore's stat line. He completed only 19-of-33 passes for 142 yards, two touchdowns and a rare two interceptions. It was only Moore's third career game with more than one interception (Hawaii 2010, Nevada in 2008) over 44 career starts (42-2). Next Game: at Fresno State

5. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (26)
Season Stats: 96 att., 622 yards, 10 TD, 11 rec., 148 yards, TD

In the mini-Heisman battle at running back, Marcus Lattimore has led for the entirety of the 2011 season. Until now. Richardson, behind a stellar showing in Gainesville, has leapt over the Carolina stud and into the Top Five. T-Rich carried the ball 29 times for 181 yards and two scores (with two receptions for 27 yards through the air) in Alabama's third extremely convincing quality win of the season, 38-10 over Florida. He has scored at least two touchdowns in four of Bama's five wins thus far. Next Game: Vanderbilt

6. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina (73)
Season Stats: 124 att., 691 yards, 9 TD, 12 rec., 139 yards, TD

Coming into the weekend, Auburn ranked 112th against the run (226.5 ypg) and 92nd in points allowed (31.0 ppg). So it was shocking to see Marcus Lattimore held to nearly 100 yards below his season average. Lattimore and the Cocks fell to the defending champs 16-13, and the talented tailback got only 17 carries for 66 yards — both of which were his lowest totals of the season. He also failed to record a reception for the first time since Week Three against Furman in 2010. Lattimore will have to lead Carolina to Atlanta with tremendous statistics if he expects to get to New York as a sophomore — which, of course, is totally within reason considering his talent. Next Game: Kentucky


7. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma (48)
Season Stats: 111/155, 1,447 yards, 10 TD, 5 INT, 8 att., 3 yards, 2 TD

The Sooners rolled 62-6 over Ball State last weekend, setting up the big Red River Shootout this weekend (Rivarly just doesn't sound right to a guy who lived in Texas as a kid). Jones lit up the Cardinals defense to the tune of 425 yards (his second straight 400-yard effort) and five touchdowns. The schedule, and potential trip to the BCS title game, gets daunting from here on out. Next Game: Texas (Cotton Bowl)

8. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan (29)
Season Stats: 50/91, 793 yards, 8 TD, 6 INT, 77 att., 603 yards, 6 TD

Against a rival in Minnesota, Robinson played his most efficient game of the season. Shoelace completed 15-of-19 passes for 169 yards and two scores and no interceptions. He added 51 yards rushing and another score on only six carries in the 58-0 win over the Gophers. Passing the football with efficiency and staying healthy will be key to Robinson's Heisman — and Michigan's Big Ten title — chances. Next Game: at Northwestern

9. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State (28)
Season Stats: 142/191, 1,592 yards, 10 TD, 6 INT, 9 att., (-69) yards

The Pokes had the weekend off after the thrilling second-half comeback against Texas A&M. The schedule gets hard now as Texas, Missouri, Baylor, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma are still on the slate. Kansas should provide another offensive warm-up. Weeden threw for 389 yards and three scores in the 48-14 win over the Jayhawks last season. Next Game: Kansas

10. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State (28)
Season Stats: 38 rec., 450 yards, 4 TD

See Brandon Weeden. Blackmon caught 10 passes for 130 yards and a score against Kansas last fall. Next Game: Kansas

Previous Voting:

Athlon Sports Heisman Ballot: Week 5

Athlon Sports Heisman Ballot: Week 4

Athlon Sports Heisman Ballot: Week 3

Athlon Sports Heisman Ballot: Week 2

Athlon Sports Heisman Ballot: Week 1

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