10/22/2011 02:38 am ET Updated Dec 21, 2011

Heisman Watch: Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Trent Richardson Among Candidates For Trophy (VIDEO)

The weather has chilled, the leaves have begun changing and we've gone from picking Granny Smiths to picking apart the weekly BCS rankings.

With autumn in full bloom -- or, perhaps, decay -- the college football contenders have already separated themselves from the pretenders. In other words, the Alabamas have distinguished themselves from the Florida States. With each passing week, more teams drop out of contention for the national championship. But the game's highest individual honor remains up for grabs.

We've already mapped out the various path that the nation's top teams must follow to reach the Superdome for the BCS National Championship Game in January. Now, we've rounded up the players whose performances during the early stages of the college football season have thrust them into the spotlight.

Check out the signature plays and Heisman credentials from several of the current contenders for the most coveted individual prize in college sports.

Anybody we left out? Let us know in the comments section and we'll be sure to add them to the list as the season comes down the home stretch.