Believe it or not, the 2012 College Football season is just around the corner and the Heisman hopeful talk is already starting. The people over at Athlon Sports, via ESPN's PAC-12 Blog, have already released a top-25 list of conference players that could contend for the honor, and the state of Arizona is represented three times. Cameron Marshall, running back for Arizona State, is tops at No. 17.
17. Cameron Marshall, RB, Arizona State (SR)
Posted his best career game in the spotlight against USC last year (141 yards, 3 TD) and it led to a huge upset. With a new quarterback and new offensive scheme, Marshall should be the focal point of ASU's offense.
Arizona's first representative comes in two spots later with Ka'Deem Carey, a sophomore running back. Here's why he's on the list:
19. Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona (SO)
Rich Rodriguez has been known to produce Heisman Trophy-caliber backfields. Carey is one of the most talented runners in recent Wildcats memory and proved himself plenty capable as a freshman (425 yards, 6 TD)
Rounding out the top 25 is senior QB Matt Scott, who replaces Nick Foles as the Wildcats' signal caller.
25. Matt Scott, QB, Arizona (SR)
Do dual-threat quarterbacks normally produce big numbers in RichRod's zone read? If he can stay healthy, Scott should have little problem posting big numbers in the new option attack. I would say redshirting turned into a brilliant maneuver by the senior to be.
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