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Will Jake Locker Be The First To Fall Out Of Heisman Trophy Race?

Just moments after University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker was built up into a Heisman Trophy candidate, pundits are ripping apart his chances.

Sports Illustrated assembled its panel of experts to vote on a variety of college football topics and the results were not pretty for Locker.

First, not a single expert picked him to win the Heisman Trophy, with six of the seven selecting Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the seventh going into left field with Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

Then, in the category “First Player To Fall Out Of The Heisman Race”, Locker received two votes.

George Schroeder writes…

The guy can really play — if you haven’t watched, make a point to do so — but he’s not a pure passer, and in the absence of superlative statistics, he needs a lot of wins. Washington should be much improved, but will it be enough?

Mallory Rubin writes…

There’s no doubting Locker’s talent, and NFL teams will surely be lining up to secure his services come April. But the Huskies could drop three of their first six games, and a .500 record (and matching completion percentage) won’t keep him in the Heisman conversation for long.

For more on the Huskies, visit SB Nation’s UW Dawg Pound.