Five Heisman finalists were announced Monday. They are Montee Ball, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Tyrann Mathieu and Trent Richardson. What follows is a statistical look at each of the players, including how they fared against a couple of their top opponents. The Heisman ceremony is Saturday.
Montee Ball, Running Back, Wisconsin (13 games)
Rushing Yards: 1,759 (Total leads nation and average of 135.3 yards per game ranks fourth)
Yards Per Carry: 6.4
Touchdowns: 32 (Leads nation)
Yards From Scrimmage: 2,014
Total Touchdowns: 38 (Leads nation and one shy of NCAA record)
Most Rushing Yards, Game: 224 at Illinois on Nov. 19
Fewest Rushing Yards, Game: 63 vs UNLV on Sept. 1 (He had 3 TDs on 10 carries and one TD receiving)
100-Yard Games: 9, including a pair of 200-yard games – at Purdue, at Illinois
Against Michigan State (42-39 Win) in Big Ten Championship Game: 27-137-3 and one TD receiving
Robert Griffin III, Quarterback, Baylor (12 games)
Passing Yards: 3,998 (Sixth nationally)
Completion Percentage: 72.4
Touchdowns: 36 (Fourth nationally)
Pass Efficiency Rating: 192.31 leads the nation, which would be an all-time NCAA record
Rushing Yards: 644 (4.0 YPC)
Rushing Touchdowns: 9
Total Yards: 4,657, including a 15-yard catch, for an average of 386.8 yards per game that ranks second nationally
Total Touchdowns: 45
Most Yards Passing, Game: 479 vs Oklahoma on Nov. 19
Most Passing Touchdowns, Game: 5, three times
300-Yard Games: 9, including four 400-yard games
Most Total Yards, Game: 551 vs Oklahoma on Nov. 19 (472 Passing, 79 Rushing)
Games of completing at least 70 percent of his passes: 7 (Season-low was 63.8 vs OU)
Against current BCS No. 8 Kansas State (36-35 Loss) on Oct. 1: 23-of-31 (74.2), 346 yards, 5 TDs and 1 INT. He had 6 yards rushing.
Against current BCS No. 3 Oklahoma State (59-24 Loss) on Oct. 29: 33-of-50 (66.0), 425 Yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. He had 27 yards rushing and 1 TD. It was the only game Griffin had more than one INT.
Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Stanford (12 games)
Passing Yards: 3,170
Completion Percentage: 70.0
Touchdowns: 35 (Fifth nationally)
Pass Efficiency Rating: 167.50 (Fifth nationally)
Most Yards Passing, Game: 336 at Washington State on Oct. 15
Most Touchdowns, Game: 4 three times
300-Yard Games: 4
Games of completing at least 70 percent of his passes: 5 (Season-low was 63.9 at WSU)
Against current BCS No. 5 Oregon (53-30 Loss) on Nov. 12: 27-of-41 (65.9), 256 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs – only game with more than one interception.
At current AP No. 5 USC (56-48 3OT Win) on Oct. 29: 29-of-40 (72.5), 330 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT
Tyrann Mathieu, Cornerback/Punt Returner, LSU (12 games)
Total Tackles: 70, leads team
Tackles For Loss: 6.5 (44 yards)
Sacks: 1.5 (10 yards)
Interceptions: 2 (16 yards)
Forced Fumbles: 6 (Tied for third nationally)
Fumble Recoveries: 5 (Leads nation) -- 39 yards on four returns, 2 touchdowns
Punt Returns: 26-420 yards
Average: 16.2 (Second nationally by .04 of a yard)
Punt Return Touchdowns: 2 (Tied for second nationall)
Total Touchdowns: 4
Against current BCS No. 2 Alabama (9-6 OT Win) on Nov. 5: Five total tackles (4 solo), no punt returns.
Against current BCS No. 6 Arkansas (41-17 Win) on Nov. 26: 8 solo tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 3 punt returns for 115 yards, including 92-yard TD.
Against Georgia (42-10 Win) in SEC Championship Game: 4 solo tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 4 punt returns for 119 yards, including 62-tard TD.
Last defensive player to win the award was CB Charles Woodson of Michigan in 1997.
Trent Richardson, Running Back, Alabama (12 games)
Rushing Yards: 1,583 (Average of 131.9 yards per game ranks fifth nationally)
Yards Per Carry: 6.0
Touchdowns: 20 (Fourth nationally)
Yards From Scrimmage: 1,910 Yards
Total Touchdowns: 23 (Tied for fifth nationally)
Most Rushing Yards, Game: 203 at Auburn on Nov. 26
Fewest Rushing Yards, Game: 37 vs Kent State on Sept. 3 (He had 3 TDs on 13 carries)
100-Yard Games: 8, including four in which he topped 175 – at Florida, at Ole Miss, vs Georgia Southern, at Auburn
Against current BCS No. 6 Arkansas (38-14 Win) on Sept. 24: 17-124 (7.4)-0 rushing and 3-85-1 receiving
At current BCS No. 1 LSU (9-6 OT Loss) on Nov. 5: 28-89 (3.9)-0 rushing and 5-80-0 receiving
My pick: Robert Griffin III. I love the season Montee Ball has had. He had more work as the season progressed and Wisconsin's bid for a Big Ten title heated up. Ball had 133 carries for 906 yards (6.8 ypc) and 14 touchdowns (17 total TDs) in the last five games, including the conference championship. I elect Griffin for his surreal production. It is hard to imagine that a quarterback who would have the highest pass efficiency rating in NCAA history if he did not throw another pass -- and he still has a great shot at setting a new mark -- also has 644 yards and 9 TDs rushing. To have 530 total attempts (plus one reception) and maintain such a high level of productivity and efficiency is difficult to grasp. Then again, Griffin is used to it and he should be the first Baylor Bear to strike the pose Saturday.