Justin Blackmon for Heisman?

Dana Holgorsen on Blackmon: “All I can say is this: Every time he's on the field, he's the best player.”
By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: November 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm •  Published: November 15, 2010

Justin Blackmon already has his two signature Heisman plays.

The Oklahoma State receiver's touchdown catches against Texas cornerback Aaron Williams and Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara — both preseason All-Big 12 defenders — showed the one-on-one dominance that has become Blackmon's trademark in 2010.

The sophomore is averaging 9.33 receptions and 158.89 yards per game as he has recorded 84 catches for 1,430 yards and 16 touchdowns.

“It's pretty amazing what he's done per game,” coach Mike Gundy said.

Simply put, he has been as dominant as a receiver can be. Yet, he doesn't rank among the top three candidates in the Heisman race.

Does being a receiver eliminate you from the Heisman race before the season even begins in the current college football landscape?

“Wideouts don't get much notice in that race,” Gundy said. “It's difficult for a wideout to win it.”

A receiver has not won the Heisman since Michigan's Desmond Howard in 1991. And Tim Brown is the only other receiver to win the award since 1949. Both players were receivers and kick returners.

“With the Heisman, you're talking the best player in the country, it's pretty prestigious,” offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen said. “But all I can say is this: Every time he's on the field, he's the best player.”

Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton — the unquestioned Heisman favorite — could be taken out of contention by the firestorm surrounding his recruitment. If that happens, there's no better candidate than Blackmon.



THE TOP CANDIDATES FOR THE HEISMAN

Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton: The unquestioned leader in the Heisman race. Only off-the-field concerns keeps him from the award.

Oregon running back LaMichael James: Is having a great year but had a season-low 91 rushing yards (3.1 yards per carry) against Cal.

Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore: Great numbers but the level of competition question will come into play.

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck: Has been stellar and deserves as much consideration as anyone on this list.

Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon: His numbers and consistency are second to none.

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