Heisman Trophy Watch 2015: Why these Top 15 contenders won’t win

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Dec 6, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Samaje Perine (32) runs the ball while being pursued by Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Ramon Richards (18) during the second quarter at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

If you asked me to give you a name of a running back most likely to win the 2015 Heisman, I’d say Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine. He’s just that good. Unfortunately, the team around him isn’t and he’s also going to be dealing with increased expectations.

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  • Perine is a workhorse, and showed he can be that for Oklahoma last season. But the Sooners had more than just an off year in 2014, there were definite signs that maybe this is a program in decline and that Bob Stoops might be on his last legs in Norman.

    The Sooners rushed the ball 557 times in 2014, while passing it only 386 times. That ratio may actually become more lopsided this season, giving defenses just the upper hand they need to key on the run game.

    Perine has some jets, and if he gets in the open field, he’s gone. Those types of runs and games will go a long way with the Heisman voters, but I can’t see him staying healthy long enough for it to matter unless Oklahoma suddenly decides they can pass the ball.

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