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Big Ten Heisman update

Every Tuesday during the season, I'll provide an update on the Big Ten's Heisman Trophy candidates.

For the first few weeks, I'll use this preseason list. Players will be added or removed as warranted.

And away we go ...

Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor

  • Week 1 stat line: 17-for-25 passing, 247 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs in win against Marshall

  • Chances: Pryor certainly didn't hurt his chances in Week 1 and remains among the top candidates to hoist the Heisman in December. He looked more comfortable in the pocket, spread the ball around to his receivers and, aside from two throws, made good decisions in the passing game. Pryor displayed greater patience and didn't take off and run at the first sign of trouble. To be fair, he faced virtually no pressure against Marshall and will be tested much more Saturday against Miami (ESPN, 3:40 p.m. ET).

  • Up next: Saturday vs. Miami

Wisconsin RB John Clay

  • Week 1 stat line: 17 carries, 123 yards (7.2 ypc), 2 TDs, in win against UNLV

  • Chances: I'm not sure what it'll take for Clay to get some legit national respect, but he looks like one of the nation's most dominating players. Wisconsin rotated multiple backs against UNLV, but Clay made the most of his carries, running with tremendous speed and power. The Badgers' soft nonconference slate won't help Clay too much, so he needs a strong start to Big Ten play.

  • Up next: Saturday vs. San Jose State

Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn

  • Week 1 stat line: 4 assisted tackles, including one for loss, in win against Eastern Illinois

  • Chances: Not a bad first game for Clayborn, but any realistic Heisman candidate on defense needs dominant performances nearly every time out. Clayborn is still fuming about the D-line's poor performance against Iowa State last year, so he'll have no trouble getting motivated for Saturday's game against the Cyclones. Expect some big numbers.

  • Up next: Saturday vs. Iowa State

Penn State RB Evan Royster

  • Week 1 stat line: 11 carries, 40 yards, 0 TDs, in win against Youngstown State

  • Chances: There's a long way to go, but Royster can't afford many more games like this to have a realistic shot. Penn State's offensive line needs to upgrade its play against Alabama (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET) and create room for Royster, a patient runner who will wait for blocks to develop. A big game against 'Bama puts Royster back on the radar.

  • Up next: Saturday at Alabama