Pitt running back Ray Graham (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Six months ago, had you asked me about ray Graham and the Heisman, my answer would have been far different. Having missed so much in camp (even if it's because the coaches are trying to get him some extra rest), means that whatever little chance he would have had at gaining consideration for the award has probably flown the coup.
ESPN's Andrea Adelson still lists Graham among those in the conference with the best chances to win the award.On Graham:
"From the Comeback Trail to the Heisman Trail!" I am a bit hesitant to put Graham on this list because he is coming off a major knee injury. Early reports out of practice show Graham is holding his own and perhaps even doing better than expected. Still, we really have no idea what we are going to see out of Graham when the season opens. If Graham starts the year the way he played before he got hurt, watch out. People around the country will definitely take notice.
I've got no beef with Adelson - she's looking for the top Big East players that could factor in for the award and even though there's virtually no chance any one in the conference will have even a remote shot at it, she's got to pick somebody.
Graham's as good a guess as anyone, I suppose, but her analysis is a bit off since Graham's really been inactive for much of the camp. And with Isaac Bennett around, even if Graham's healthy, it's hard to see him duplicating that hot start that he had in 2011.