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ESPN Releases Top 20 Heisman Trophy Contenders - PSU, Pitt, And WVU All Land On List

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ESPN just put out a list of twenty players to watch this season as Heisman hopefuls.

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Nittany Lion RB Evan Royster:

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6. Evan Royster, Penn State: A veteran line and a young quarterback translate into a lot of responsibility -- and opportunity -- for this senior running back.

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Panther RB Dion Lewis:

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11. Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh: As a freshman last season, Lewis rushed for 1,799 yards and 17 touchdowns. If the offensive line (two returning starters) is ready, Lewis will be.

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And Mountaineer RB Noel Devine:

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20. Noel Devine, West Virginia: He rushed for 1,465 yards despite nagging injuries. This season, with a young quarterback and an experienced line, Devine should shine.

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The list, as a whole, is a pretty safe bet for ESPN, as the possibility of someone NOT on this list making it to New York in December, let alone winning the trophy, is slim. Unfortunately, the list is slightly tainted with the inclusion of some over-hyped and under-performing players.

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