Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, May 6, 2014

While everyone is focused on the NFL draft,'s Zac Ellis is thinking about the Heisman Trophy. Yes, in early May. Ellis released his post-spring 2014 Heisman Watch on Monday, and he spotlights a handful of Big Ten stars. Ohio State QB Braxton Miller and Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon pace the Big Ten candidates as "The Frontrunners." See all five players Ellis lists in the Heisman equation in this post.

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Here's a look at Ellis' complete list:

Early Heisman Candidates

Plenty of Big Ten love here; in fact, it's a bit of a surprise to see the conference get five names on here.

The biggest surprise: Jeremy Langford, as a "Next Level" contender. It's not that Langford doesn't deserve to be included, I just figured he'd be a "Dark Horse," along with Christian Hackenberg.

In case you're wondering, Ohio State's Troy Smith (2006) was the last Big Ten player to win the Heisman.

About Brent Yarina senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men's basketball for He writes the popular uniform feature "Clothes Call," which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina's RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.