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2012 Heisman Trophy Contenders: Post-Week 10

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Each week, the Athlon editors and others who closely follow college football vote on the most prestigious award in the sport. A 13-man conglomerate of college football gurus from Athlon Sports and other publications cast their votes for their top Heisman Trophy candidates. The votes will be tallied and the results will be posted as the Athlon Sports Heisman Watch List every week of the regular season.

Voting: Each first-place vote receives 10 points. A second-place vote receives nine points. So on and so forth with a 10th-place vote receiving one point. Here are Athlon's guest voters:

Barrett Sallee:Bleacher Report SEC Lead Writer (@BarrettSallee)
Jim Young:ACCSports.com (@ACCSports)
Blair Kerkhoff:Kansas City Star (@BlairKerkhoff)
Chris Level:RedRaiderSports.com (@ChrisLevel)

1. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State (12 first place votes)
Stats:
 133-187, 1,875 yards, 12 TD, 2 INT, 139 att., 698 yards, 17 TD
The numbers weren't eye-popping, but CK7 was still extremely efficient and led his team to a big revenge win over a solid Oklahoma State team. He completed 16-of-22 passes for 245 yards and rushed for 64 yards on 17 carries and one total touchdown. He is now leading the nation in passing efficiency (174.39). Next Game: at TCU

 

Last

Name

Pos.

Team

Tot. Pts

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Ballots

1.

(1)

Collin Klein

QB

Kansas St

129/130

12

1

-

-

-

13/13

2.

(3)

Braxton Miller

QB

Ohio St

98/130

-

5

2

3

1

13/13

3.

(2)

Manti Te'o

LB

Notre Dame

91/130

1

1

4

2

3

13/13

4.

(6)

Kenjon Barner

RB

Oregon

90/130

-

5

3

2

1

12/13

5t.

(7)

Johnny Manziel

QB

Texas A&M

63/130

-

-

-

2

3

13/13

5t.

(4)

A.J. McCarron

QB

Alabama

63/130

-

1

2

2

1

12/13

7.

(9)

Marcus Mariota

QB

Oregon

48/130

-

-

2

-

2

9/13

8.

(9)

Marqise Lee

WR

USC

39/130

-

-

-

2

1

10/13

9.

(11)

Giovani Bernard

RB

N. Carolina

16/130

-

-

-

-

-

6/13

10t.

(8)

Matt Barkley

QB

USC

15/130

-

-

-

-

-

4/13

10t.

(5)

Geno Smith

QB

W. Virginia

15/130

-

-

-

-

-

7/13

12.

(ur)

Teddy Bridgewater

QB

Louisville

11/130

-

-

-

-

-

6/13

13.

(ur)

Tajh Boyd

QB

Clemson

10/130

-

-

-

-

-

3/13

14.

(12)

Barrett Jones

OL

Alabama

6/130

-

-

-

-

1

1/13

15.

(16)

Aaron Murray

QB

Georgia

4/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

16t.

(20)

Damontre Moore

DE

Texas A&M

3/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

16t.

(20)

DeAndre Hopkins

WR

Clemson

3/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

18t.

(13)

De'Anthony Thomas

AP

Oregon

2/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

18t.

(14)

Jordan Lynch

QB

N. Illinois

2/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

18t.

(ur)

Taylor Martinez

QB

Nebraska

2/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

21.

(ur)

Seth Doege

QB

Texas Tech

1/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

2. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
Stats: 
124-218, 1,753 yards, 14 TD, 6 INT, 184 att., 1,166 yards, 13 TD
Miller saw little resistance against Illinois this weekend. He scored three total touchdowns with 226 yards passing and 73 yards rushing. He is leading the Big Ten in total offense at 291.9 yards per game, is fourth in rushing (116.6 ypg) and has two tough games left between himself and an undefeated season: at Wisconsin and Michigan at home. Next Game: Bye Week

3. Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame (1 first place vote)
Stats: 87 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 5 INT, 1.5 sack, FR, 4 PBU
It was close and it took some lucky "bounces" but Notre Dame stayed unbeaten with the overtime win over Pitt. Te'o posted seven total tackles, 1.0 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and broke up a pass. The defense didn't play its best game, allowing 20 points in the first three quarters. Yet, the Irish defense bowed up and shutout the Panthers in the fourth quarter while the offense rallied. It also only allowed two field goals in three overtime possessions, which helped the Irish come away with a 9-0 record. Next Game: at Boston College

4. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
Stats: 179 att., 1,295 yards, 19 TD, 15 rec., 184 yards, TD
Barner certainly put on a show in the high profile win over USC on the road, rushing for 321 yards and five touchdowns. He is now leading the nation in scoring (13.3 ppg) and the Pac-12 in rushing (143.9 ypg). Most argue it is the system that provides the numbers — as well as Chip Kelly's best quarterback and offensive line since arriving in Eugene in 2007 — but it is hard to argue with 40 touches, 347 yards from scrimmage and five scores in the season's biggest game. He has three more major hurdles to clear to get to New York, and possibly, Miami Gardens. Next Game: at Cal

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5t. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Stats: 173-269, 2,216 yards, 16 TD, 6 INT, 117 att., 793 yards, 13 TD
The record-setting redshirt freshman is leading the SEC in rushing (102.4 ypg) and total offense (383.2 ypg) while leading his team to back-to-back SEC West road wins over Auburn and Mississippi State. He threw for his third 300-yard effort in nine career games while rushing for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in the 38-14 win in Starkville. His showdown with fellow Heisman Trophy hopeful AJ McCarron and the No. 1 team in the nation will eliminate one of the two SEC West passers. Next Week: at Alabama


5t. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
Stats: 136-204, 1,849 yards, 19 TD, 0 INT, 34 att., minus-44 yards, TD
McCarron struggled for the first time all season during his team's toughest test in Baton Rouge. But when a potential shot at a second straight national championship was on the line, as well as his Heisman Trophy candidacy, he delivered in a big way. He led the Tide down the field with less than two minutes to play and won the game on a brilliant five-play, 72-yard drive spanning 43 seconds. He finished with 165 yards passing and two total touchdowns with nary an interception. Next Game: Texas A&M

7. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Stats: 
153-217, 1,787 yards, 22 TD, 5 INT, 72 att., 474 yards, 3 TD
Next Game: at Cal

8. Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Stats: 88 rec., 1,286 yards, 12 TD, 23 KR, 677 yards, TD, 44 yards rushing 
Next Game: Arizona State

9. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
Stats: 126 att., 930 yards, 10 TD, 32 rec., 319 yards, 3 TD, 12 PR, 249 yards, 2 TD 
Next Game: Georgia Tech

10. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Stats: 206-316, 2,750 yards, 30 TD, 10 INT, 21 att., minus-62 yards
Next game: Arizona State

by Braden Gall

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