CONTENDERS

Mark Ingram, Alabama, Jr., RB - Alabama's offense should be well balanced this season with quarterback Greg McElroy, wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Trent Richardson. But the reigning Heisman winner is still the Crimson Tide's go-to guy. Ingram will look to join Ohio State's Archie Griffin as the only two-time Heisman winner.

Kellen Moore, Boise State, Jr., QB - Two words come to mind with Moore: efficient and smart. Moore completed 64 percent of his passes with 39 touchdowns and only three interceptions last season. He had a quarterback rating of 161.65. If the Broncos remain in the national title hunt, Moore will get plenty of Heisman attention.

Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State, Jr., QB - Everything points to this season being Pryor's best one yet. Pryor always has been a dangerous runner, but he matured last season as both a leader and passer. His performance as a passer against Oregon in last season's Rose Bowl was an eye-opener in terms of how much overall talent Pryor is capable of unleashing.

DARK HORSES

Ryan Mallett, Arkansas, Jr., QB - It's tough to get noticed in a conference with Ingram and Tim Tebow. But Mallett had a strong season in 2009 with 3,627 yards, 30 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Expect better numbers this season in Bobby Petrino's high-octane offense.

Case Keenum, Houston, Sr., QB - Keenum's arcade-type numbers (492 completions, 700 attempts, 5,671 yards, .703 completion percentage, 44 touchdowns last season) are too good to keep him out of the Heisman conversation.

Jake Locker, Washington, Sr., QB - Locker has the tools to be a high NFL draft pick in April. As far as the Heisman goes, he needs more consistency and more wins this season.

LONG SHOTS

Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, Jr., RB - Rodgers is one of the more electrifying players in college football. He rushed for 1,440 yards and 21 touchdowns last season. Rodgers will get more Heisman buzz if the Beavers can win the Pac-10 and land in the Rose Bowl.

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Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh, So., RB - Lewis ran for 1,799 yards and 17 touchdowns as a freshman. Could Lewis become the second straight sophomore running back to win the Heisman? The Panthers, picked to win the Big East, undoubtedly will give Lewis plenty of opportunities to eclipse last season's numbers.

John Clay, Wisconsin, Jr., RB - Clay racked up 1,517 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. Wisconsin's offensive line should be superb this season with Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt leading the way. Clay isn't flashy by any stretch, but he's productive.

Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M, Sr., QB - Texas A&M's offense is a lot of fun to watch with Johnson at the helm. Johnson threw for 3,579 yards and 30 touchdowns last season. He's also a threat to run. A&M could be one of those surprise teams this season. Don't be shocked if Johnson is in the Heisman conversation late in the season.