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2012 Heisman Trophy Contenders: Post-Week 6

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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 this week for their top Heisman Trophy candidates. The votes will be tallied and the result 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. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (13 first-place votes)
Season Stats: 
166-204, 1,996 yards, 24 TD, 0 INT, 26 att., 66 yards, TD
His 268 yards and four touchdowns paled in comparison to his monster game against Baylor, but this one came in a road win over Texas. It was a signature performance in a marquee win for the Mountaineers. Smith got all 13 first-place votes and is leading the nation in passing efficiency at 202.38. Next game: at Texas Tech

 

Last

Name

Pos.

Team

Tot. Pts

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Ballots

1.

(1)

Geno Smith

QB

W. Virginia

130/130

13

-

-

-

-

13/13

2.

(4)

Braxton Miller

QB

Ohio St

104/130

-

7

1

4

-

13/13

3.

(3)

Collin Klein

QB

Kansas St

102/130

-

3

8

1

-

13/13

4.

(7)

Manti Te'o

LB

Notre Dame

73/130

-

2

2

2

2

12/13

5.

(9)

Marcus Lattimore

RB

S. Carolina

48/130

-

-

1

2

1

9/13

6.

(6)

De'Anthony Thomas

AP

Oregon

46/130

-

1

1

1

3

7/13

7.

(8)

Matt Barkley

QB

USC

40/130

-

-

-

2

2

8/13

8.

(10)

A.J. McCarron

QB

Alabama

26/130

-

-

-

1

1

6/13

9.

(ur)

Kenjon Barner

RB

Oregon

18/130

-

-

-

-

2

4/13

10.

(ur)

Mike Gillislee

RB

Florida

17/130

-

-

-

-

1

7/13

11.

(2)

E.J. Manuel

QB

Florida St

17/130

-

-

-

-

-

6/13

12.

(17)

Stedman Bailey

WR

W. Virginia

15/130

-

-

-

-

1

3/13

13.

(12)

Marqise Lee

WR

USC

14/130

-

-

-

-

-

5/13

14.

(ur)

Tavon Austin

WR

W. Virginia

11/130

-

-

-

-

-

4/13

15.

(16)

Johnny Manziel

QB

Texas A&M

10/130

-

-

-

-

-

4/13

16.

(ur)

Jadeveon Clowney

DE

S. Carolina

10/130

-

-

-

-

-

4/13

17.

(ur)

DeAndre Hopkins

WR

Clemson

9/130

-

-

-

-

-

2/13

18.

(14)

Barrett Jones

OL

Alabama

6/130

-

-

-

-

-

2/13

19.

(13)

Sean Mannion

QB

Oregon St

5/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

20.

(20)

Tajh Boyd

QB

Clemson

4/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

21.

(5)

Aaron Murray

QB

Georgia

3/130

-

-

-

-

-

2/13

22.

(11)

Jarvis Jones

LB

Georgia

3/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

23.

(ur)

Denard Robinson

QB

Michigan

2/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

24.

(ur)

Venric Mark

RB

Northwestern

1/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

25.

(ur)

Joseph Randle

RB

Oklahoma St

1/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

2. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
Season Stats: 83-135, 1,060 yards, 9 TD, 3 INT, 106 att., 763 yards, 8 TD
The Ohio native continues to make video game-esque runs and clutch throws for the Buckeyes. He rushed for a school-record 186 yards for a quarterback on 16 carries without a turnover in the blitzing of Nebraska last Saturday. He helped drop 63 points on the Black Shirts and is now second in the Heisman voting. Next Game: at Indiana 

3. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State
Season Stats:
 63-94, 887 yards, 7 TD, 2 INT, 73 att., 405 yards, 7 TD
It was a bit of a slow start for CK7, but eventually he finished with 129 yards passing, 116 yards rushing, four total touchdowns and a 40-point win over his in-state rival. Smith, Miller and Klein are the only three players on all 13 ballots and are clearly the top three candidates for the 2012 stiff-armed trophy.
Next Game: at Iowa State

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4. Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
Season Stats: 48 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 3 INT, FR, 3 PBU
The heart and soul of the Irish defense continues to lead by example with 10 tackles in the virtual shutout of Miami. Notre Dame is No. 2 nationally in scoring defense at 7.8 points allowed per game and has allowed 12 points in its last three games — against Michigan State, Michigan and Miami.
Next Game: Stanford

5. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Season Stats: 116 att., 549 yards, 9 TD, 18 rec., 133 yards
Another SEC win and another 100 yards rushing for the best runner in the nation. Lattimore is No. 2 in the SEC in all-purpose yards (Todd Gurley) and is averaging 136.3 yards from scrimmage and has scored seven touchdowns in four SEC wins for the Gamecocks. He has touched the ball 106 times in those games. 
Next game: at LSU

6. De’Anthony Thomas, AP, Oregon
Season Stats: 41 att., 377 yards, 6 TD, 20 rec., 205 yards, 3 TD, 10 PR, 150 PR yards, 6 KR, 88 yards
Next Game: Bye Week

7. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Season Stats: 111-173, 1,308 yards, 15 TD, 5 INT, 12 att., minus-64 yards
Next game: at Washington

8. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
Season Stats: 73-111, 999 yards, 12 TD, 0 INT, 19 att., minus-41 yards
Next Game: at Missouri

9. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
Season Stats: 116 att., 727 yards, 9 TD, 11 rec., 111 yards, TD
Next Game: Bye Week

10. Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida
Season Stats: 103 att., 548 yards, 7 TD, 2 rec., 14 yards
Next Game: at Vanderbilt

by Braden Gall

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