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Curtis Samuel Deserves To Be Considered For The Heisman Trophy

Ohio State has two Heisman Trophy contenders, according to Urban Meyer.

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State's redshirt junior starting quarterback, is of course getting love for the sport's most-prestigious individual award. The Buckeyes are undefeated, ranked No. 2 in the country and Barrett is the team's leader. He's thrown for 888 yards and 14 touchdowns and has rushed for 2015 yards and three touchdowns.

Ohio State has another offensive star worthy of consideration for the Heisman Trophy too, though.

Curtis Samuel, the Buckeyes' speedy H-back, is very much deserving of being mentioned along the country's other star players, Meyer says.

From ESPN:

"I think it's a little harder at that position to get it, the H-back," Meyer said. "But he certainly is having that kind of year that he should be in the conversation.

"... I remember in 2008 we had Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin. I think Tim won it in 2007 and finished [third] in '08, but Percy was right there as well and should have been. I can't remember where he finished or if he even got votes and all that, but I remember that conversation came up as well."

Samuel, a junior from Brooklyn, has totaled 328 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and 345 yards and three touchdowns through the air. He has a season-long catch of 79 yards.

He's also averaging a ridiculous 14.9 yards per target, as pointed out here.

Samuel getting the national love he might deserve hasn't happened yet, though.

ESPN experts' Heisman Trophy watch includes 10 players. Samuel isn't one of them (Barrett is, ranked No. 3).

If Samuel continues to play like he has as Ohio State's stage gets bigger, the national love will come.

Ohio State is set to host Indiana on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.