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A TERRIFIC 10 FOR 2010
The Defending Champ
MARK INGRAM, RB, Alabama, Junior
2009 stats: 271 rushes, 1,658 yards, 17 TDs; 32 receptions, 334 yards, 3 TDs
Reigning national champion Alabama will be in the title hunt all season, keeping the 2009 Heisman winner in the running for a repeat. Even with the rise of backup Trent Richardson, Ingram will see his share of touches. As history has shown, however, the bar is higher for returning winners: Simply duplicating his stats from last year won't be enough. Of the 11 winners who have come back for at least one season, only Ohio State's Archie Griffin (who repeated in 1975) and Oklahoma's Billy Sims (second in '79) finished higher than third.
The Can't-Miss Prospect
JAKE LOCKER, QB, Washington, Senior
2009 stats: 230-of-394 passing, 2,800 yards, 21 TDs, 11 INTs
The player at the top of most 2011 NFL mock drafts, Locker has size (6'3", 230 pounds) and a strong arm and plays the position with a no-holds-barred attitude—perhaps because he was also a safety in high school. He made strides in his first year running coach Steve Sarkisian's pro-style offense and should continue improving after putting off baseball this summer (he's an Angels farmhand) to focus on football. But his Heisman hopes depend on whether he can put the Huskies, who were 5--7 in 2009, in contention for a Pac-10 title.
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