Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Buzz: Luck was the runner-up to Cam Newton for last year's Heisman Trophy and was considered the preseason favorite for this year's award. He went 17 of 26 for 175 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters of work Saturday, helping the Cardinal to a 57-3 rout of San Jose State. The junior added a 1-yard touchdown run as well. He is looking to join fellow quarterback Jim Plunkett (1970) as the only other Stanford player to win the Heisman.
Up next: Saturday at Duke.
Marcus Lattimore, RB, S. Carolina
Buzz: Lattimore could be the fresh new face in this year's Heisman crowd. His record-setting freshman season makes him a perfect candidate for this season's hype. In the Gamecocks' come-from-behind 56-37 victory Saturday over East Carolina, the South Carolina native rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. His rushing total was the SEC's second-highest behind Mississippi State's Vick Ballard. Up next: Saturday at Georgia.
Robert Griffin III, QB,Baylor
Buzz: Last season, Michigan QB Denard Robinson used a phenomenal game against Notre Dame on national TV as a springboard into Heisman contention. The same could happen for Griffin, who joined our list on the strength of his performance against TCU. Griffin torched one of the nation's top 2010 defenses for 359 yards and five touchdowns in the Bears' 50-48 prime-time upset win. A dual threat, Griffin added 38 yards on the ground and even caught a crucial 15-yard pass late in the game. With an off week followed by a game against FCS opponent Stephen F. Austin, look for more big numbers. Up next: Sept. 17 vs. Stephen F. Austin.
Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Buzz: Jones was one of three quarterbacks last season to throw for more than 4,000 yards, and he owns several school records. In an opening 47-14 win over Tulsa, the junior completed close to 75 percent of his passes (35 of 47) for 375 yards and a touchdown. It was his 14th 300-yard passing game, tying him with Sooners greats Sam Bradford and Josh Heupel. He is looking to become Oklahoma's sixth Heisman winner. Up next: Sept. 17 at Florida State.
Kellen Moore, QB,Boise State
Buzz: Moore picked up where he left off last season. The Prosser, Wash., native is one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the nation, and his 182.63 rating last season was tops in the country. On Saturday, Moore completed 28 of 34 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Broncos to a 35-21 win over Georgia. He finished with an 82.4 completion percentage and a 170.1 passing efficiency rating, earning him Mountain West Conference player of the week honors.
Up next: Sept. 17 at Toledo.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun