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2012 Heisman Trophy Contenders: Post-Week 13

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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. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (8 first-place votes)
Stats: 273-400, 3,419 yards, 24 TD, 8 INT, 184 att., 1,181 yards, 19 TD
The record-setting quarterback did his usual work against Mizzou in the season finale. He threw for 372 yards, rushed for 67 and scored five total touchdowns in the Aggies' 10th win of the season. He led the SEC in rushing and total offense, setting SEC benchmarks for total yards in a season and total offense in a game (twice). Right or wrong, he will be knocked for his age, but it is hard to argue with his electric play this fall. Next Week: None

Related: Heisman Comparison: Johnny Manziel vs. Collin Klein


2. Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame (4 first-place votes)
Stats: 103 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 7 INT, 1.5 sack, FR, 4 PBU
Te'o is the consummate leader who has elevated a once-dormant program to an unbeaten season and berth in the National Championship game. He is the best defensive player in the nation and if he can't win this award, then it needs to be officially labeled an Offensive Trophy. He posted five tackles and his seventh interception of the season in the road win over USC. Next Week: None

 

Last

Name

Pos.

Team

Tot. Pts

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Ballots

1.

(1)

Johnny Manziel

QB

Texas A&M

123/130

8

3

2

-

-

13/13

2.

(3)

Manti Te'o

LB

Notre Dame

119/130

4

7

2

-

-

13/13

3.

(2)

Collin Klein

QB

Kansas St

104/130

1

3

7

1

1

13/13

4.

(4)

Braxton Miller

QB

Ohio St

87/130

-

-

1

8

3

13/13

5.

(5)

Marcus Mariota

QB

Oregon

54/130

-

-

-

2

4

10/13

6.

(6)

Marqise Lee

WR

USC

54/130

-

-

-

1

3

13/13

7.

(9)

Ka'Deem Carey

QB

Arizona

36/130

-

-

-

-

-

10/13

8.

(7)

Tajh Boyd

QB

Clemson

29/130

-

-

-

-

-

8/13

9.

(8)

Kenjon Barner

RB

Oregon

29/130

-

-

1

-

1

8/13

10.

(10)

Jordan Lynch

QB

N. Illinois

20/130

-

-

-

1

1

6/13

11.

(20)

Tavon Austin

WR

W. Virginia

14/130

-

-

-

-

-

5/13

12.

(11)

Taylor Martinez

QB

Nebraska

12/130

-

-

-

-

-

4/13

13.

(ur)

Jadeveon Clowney

DE

S. Carolina

11/130

-

-

-

-

-

3/13

14t.

(12)

Giovani Bernard

RB

N. Carolina

4/130

-

-

-

-

-

2/13

14t.

(14)

AJ McCarron

QB

Alabama

4/130

-

-

-

-

-

3/13

14t.

(16)

Stepfan Taylor

RB

Stanford

4/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

17t.

(ur)

Landry Jones

QB

Oklahoma

3/130

-

-

-

-

-

2/13

17t.

(19)

Damontre Moore

DL

Texas A&M

3/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

19.

(20)

Barrett Jones

OL

Alabama

2/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

20.

(15)

Jarvis Jones

LB

Georgia

1/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

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3. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State (1 first-place vote)
Stats:
 172-258, 2,306 yards, 14 TD, 6 INT, 171 att., 787 yards, 20 TD
Klein was on bye last week and will face the Texas Longhorns this weekend with the Big 12 championship hanging in the balance. His only chance to win the Heisman will be to post big numbers in a big win over Texas to clinch a BCS bowl for a team predicted to finish sixth in the league. He is the only offensive player who has been as equally impressive as Manziel. A loss to Texas and he is out of the race. Next Week: Texas

4. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
Stats: 
148-254, 2,039 yards, 15 TD, 6 INT, 227 att., 1,271 yards, 13 TD
Miller finished with an unbeaten season by defeating the hated Wolverines in exciting fashion. He completed 14-of-18 passes for 189 yards and rushed 20 times for 57 yards and scored one big touchdown. He finished his sophomore season fifth in the Big Ten in rushing, second in total offense and third in passing efficiency. He is an electric talent who is overlooked because of Ohio State's sanctions and will be on the preseason Heisman frontrunner list next summer. Next Week: None

5. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Stats: 
218-312, 2,511 yards, 30 TD, 6 INT, 98 att., 690 yards, 4 TD
The redshirt freshman capped his fantastic first year under center in a big way. He completed 17-of-24 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown with 85 yards rushing on eight carries and another score in the huge road win over rival Oregon State He finished as the league's most efficient passer and was fifth in total offense. Mariota is the best quarterback Oregon has had under Chip Kelly. Next Week: None


Related: Manziel, Klein, Te'o could lead historic Heisman field


6. Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Stats: 112 rec., 1,680 yards, 14 TD, 28 KR, 802 yards, TD, 106 yards rushing 
Next Week: None


7. Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
Stats: 275 att., 1,757 yards, 20 TD, 33 rec., 288 yards, TD
Next Week: None

8. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
Stats: 251-377, 3,550 yards, 34 TD, 13 INT, 157 att., 492 yards, 9 TD
Next Week: None

9. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
Stats: 248 att., 1,624 yards, 21 TD, 19 rec., 232 yards, TD
Next Week: None

10. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois
Stats: 203-319, 2,750 yards, 23 TD, 4 INT, 235 att., 1,611 yards, 16 TD
Next Week: Kent State (MAC Championship)