QB, Houston, Senior
2009 stats: 492-of-700 passing, 5,671 yards, 44 TDs, 15 INTs
Playing in coach Kevin Sumlin's scoreboard-torching offense, Keenum last year joined former Texas Tech passer Graham Harrell as the only quarterbacks with multiple 5,000-yard passing seasons. The Cougars' triggerman is likely to reach that mark for a third consecutive year with the team's top four pass catchers from 2009 back. For those who don't put much stock in statistics, Keenum also will face a nonconference schedule that features foes from the SEC (Mississippi State), Pac-10 (UCLA) and Big 12 (Texas Tech).
The Sophomore Sensation
RB, Pitt, Sophomore
2009 stats: 325 rushes, 1,799 yards, 17 TDs; 25 receptions, 189 yards, 1 TD
Sophomores have won the last three Heismans, and this Pitt workhorse, who is just 5' 8" and 195 pounts, could be next. He'll be on everyone's radar after finishing third in the nation in rushing in 2009 and becoming the first player since Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick in 1999 to win Big East Rookie of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year honors. The Panthers' remaining in the conference title hunt will help Lewis's candidacy, particularly if he plays well in a Sept. 23 showdown against Miami.
The BCS Buster
QB, Boise State, Junior
2009 stats: 277-of-431 passing, 3,536 yards, 39 TDs, 3 INTs