Big Ten Heisman update: Week 11

Saturday was a decent but not great day for the Big Ten's Heisman hopefuls. And right now, anything less than a great day hurts.

Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi started slowly at Indiana before rebounding in the second half, while Michigan's Denard Robinson once again couldn't get through a game without an injury. Wisconsin running back John Clay missed most of the second half against Purdue with a knee injury.

I doubt a Big Ten player can catch Auburn's Cameron Newton, Oregon's LaMichael James or Boise State's Kellen Moore, but you never know.

Here's the Big Ten's Heisman contingent.

Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi

  • Week 10 stat line: 22-for-33 passing, 290 pass yards, 1 TD, 1 INTs in win against Michigan State

  • Season statistics: 157-for-230 passing (68.3 percent), 2,212 pass yards, 20 TDs, 3 INTs, passer rating of 175.1 (No. 3 nationally)

  • Chances: Statistically strong. Stanzi's numbers continue to keep him in the conversation, as he trails only Moore and Newton in passer rating. He overcame an early interception at Indiana and threw the game-winning touchdown strike to Marvin McNutt late in the fourth quarter. Stanzi can't afford any mediocre performances down the stretch to remain in the race. He should be able to attack Northwestern's vulnerable secondary this week.

  • Up next: Saturday at Northwestern

Michigan QB Denard Robinson

  • Week 10 stat line: 10-for-20 passing, 305 pass yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs; 19 carries, 62 rush yards in win against Illinois

  • Season statistics: 183 carries, 1,349 rush yards (149.9 ypg, 2nd nationally), 12 TDs; 118-for-186 passing (63.4 percent), 1,814 pass yards, 13 TDs, 7 INTs, passer rating of 160.9 (No. 11 nationally)

  • Chances: Injury situation hurting in more than one way. I love watching Denard Robinson. Who doesn't? He makes things happen every time he takes the field. But "Shoelace" simply isn't staying on the field enough to push the top Heisman candidates. His continued injury problems kept him out for Michigan's dramatic win against Illinois, as Tate Forcier led the offense in crunch time. Robinson's fearless style of play makes him so dynamic, but it's also hurting his case for the Heisman.

  • Up next: Saturday at Purdue

Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor

  • Week 10 stat line: No game as Ohio State had an open week

  • Season statistics: 152-for-225 passing (67.6 percent), 1,997 pass yards, 20 TDs, 7 INTs, passer rating of 165.2 (No. 5 nationally); 84 carries, 463 rush yards, 4 TDs; 1 reception for a 20-yard touchdown

  • Chances: Still decent despite the bye week. Pryor moved up a spot in the national passer rating rankings and now trails only Moore, Newton, Stanzi and TCU's Andy Dalton in that category. He needs to limit his interceptions down the stretch and probably make more plays as a runner, but Pryor's evolution as a passer has been pronounced. A big performance this week against Penn State could really help his cause.

  • Up next: Saturday vs. Penn State

Heisman horizon: Northwestern QB Dan Persa, Wisconsin RB John Clay, Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure, Michigan State RB Edwin Baker, Purdue DE Ryan Kerrgian, Michigan State LB Greg Jones