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Robert Griffin III Names His 6 Heisman Front Runners

Robert Griffin III

We're headed into the final quarter of the college football season, and the Heisman Trophy race still looks to be fairly open.

Former Heisman winner and current ESPN analyst Robert Griffin III named six players who he deemed frontrunners to lift the prestigious trophy.

In perhaps what shouldn't be a surprise, the former Baylor quarterback included five signal-callers on his list.

Griffin named Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker as his Heisman favorite. Hooker became the betting favorite to take home the trophy after scoring four total touchdowns in a win over Kentucky on Saturday. 

On the season, Hooker is averaging 10.7 yards per attempt, tied for the best mark in the country. He has thrown for 20 touchdowns and just one interception while also rushing for four scores.

Behind Hooker, Griffin lists the lone running back among his top six in Michigan's Blake Corum. Corum ranks sixth nationally in rushing yards with 1,078 and second in touchdowns with 14.

TCU quarterback Max Duggan is third on Griffin's list. Duggan has thrown for 22 touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for four scores and has led the Horned Frogs to an 8-0 start.

Next, Griffin lists Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud and North Carolina's Drake Maye. Stroud and Maye are tied for the national lead with 29 touchdown passes. Stroud is widely considered the co-favorite to win the Heisman alongside Hooker.

Finally, Griffin gave a shoutout to Shedeur Sanders, the Jackson State quarterback and son of Tigers head coach Deion Sanders. The younger Sanders has thrown for more than 2,400 yards and scored 28 total touchdowns while leading his team to an 8-0 start.

If Sanders were to win the Heisman, it would be historic, as no FCS player has ever done so.