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2012 Heisman Trophy Contenders: Post-Week 8

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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)
Season Stats:
 98-139, 1,397 yards, 10 TD, 2 INT, 110 att., 551 yards, 14 TD
There is CK7 and then there is everybody else. Klein vaulted to the top of most Heisman ballots with another otherworldly performance on the road against a Big 12 favorite. He posted his first 300-yard passing effort (323 yards) and totaled seven touchdowns (3 pass, 4 rush). He is leading the Big 12 and is second nationally in passing efficiency (175.79) while ranking No. 2 in rushing in the league (94.0 ypg). He also leads the Big 12 in scoring (12.0 ppg). Next Game: Texas Tech

 

Last

Name

Pos.

Team

Tot. Pts

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Ballots

1.

(3)

Collin Klein

QB

Kansas St

129/130

12

1

-

-

-

13/13

2.

(2)

Braxton Miller

QB

Ohio St

91/130

-

3

5

2

2

13/13

3.

(4)

Manti Te'o

LB

Notre Dame

90/130

1

2

1

3

3

13/13

4.

(1)

Geno Smith

QB

W. Virginia

87/130

-

2

3

1

2

13/13

5.

(8)

Kenjon Barner

RB

Oregon

75/130

-

2

2

3

-

13/13

6.

(9)

A.J. McCarron

QB

Alabama

64/130

-

3

-

1

1

12/13

7.

(6)

Matt Barkley

QB

USC

57/130

-

-

2

1

2

12/13

8.

(24)

Seth Doege

QB

Texas Tech

24/130

-

-

-

-

2

5/13

9.

(10)

Barrett Jones

OL

Alabama

20/130

-

-

-

2

-

4/13

10.

(5)

Johnny Manziel

QB

Texas A&M

20/130

-

-

-

-

-

9/13

11.

(19)

Montee Ball

RB

Wisconsin

8/130

-

-

-

-

-

3/13

12t.

(17)

Giovani Bernard

RB

North Carolina

7/130

-

-

-

-

-

2/13

12t.

(13)

DeAndre Hopkins

WR

Clemson

7/130

-

-

-

-

-

3/13

14.

(7)

De'Anthony Thomas

AP

Oregon

6/130

-

-

-

-

1

1/13

15.

(21)

Jadeveon Clowney

DE

S. Carolina

5/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

16.

(15)

Denard Robinson

QB

Michigan

4/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

17t.

(ur)

Stepfan Taylor

RB

Stanford

3/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

17t.

(26)

Aaron Murray

QB

Georgia

3/130

-

-

-

-

-

2/13

17t.

(14)

E.J. Manuel

QB

Florida St

3/130

-

-

-

-

-

2/13

17t.

(ur)

Damontre Moore

DE

Texas A&M

3/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

21.

(22)

Nick Florence

QB

Baylor

2/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

22t.

(ur)

Jordan Lynch

QB

N. Illinois

1/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

22t.

(ur)

Teddy Bridgewater

QB

Louisville

1/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

22t.

(ur)

Taylor Martinez

QB

Nebraska

1/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

22t.

(ur)

Kevin Minter

LB

LSU

1/130

-

-

-

-

-

1/13

2. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
Season Stats: 
105-179, 1,384 yards, 11 TD, 5 INT, 141 att., 959 yards, 10 TD
Miller had 160 total yards of offense midway through the third quarter when he broke off a long run down the right sideline. He was thrown to the ground violently and at an awkward angle, sending him to the hospital for the remainder of the game. The Buckeyes were able to win the game and stay unbeaten and Miller cleared all initial medical tests. Everyone is saying the right things in Columbus, but Miller's long-term future has to be considered when Urban Meyer decides who will start in Happy Valley. He is a tough customer but with nothing to really play for this fall, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Miller either on the sidelines or not running as much. Either way, his Heisman candidacy takes a big hit. Next Game: at Penn State

3. Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame (1 first place vote)
Season Stats: 69 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 4 INT, FR, 3 PBU
BYU scored two offensive touchdowns, the first allowed by Notre Dame since Week 2 against Purdue. But it was Te'o's 10 total tackles and key interception that kept the Irish unbeaten. Helped by a stellar defensive front, ND still has yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season.  Next Game: at Oklahoma

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4. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Season Stats: 
216-291, 2,414 yards, 26 TD, 2 INT, 35 att., 56 yards, TD
His interception streak ended this weekend with two picks against Kansas State in the Mountaineers' second-straight blowout Big 12 loss. The 143 yards passing were his lowest total since Nov. 20, 2010 and he will have to be play special football from here on out to make it to New York. Any help from his defense would be nice as well. Next game: TCU

5. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
Season Stats: 116 att., 727 yards, 9 TD, 11 rec., 111 yards, TD
The senior tailback has flipped a switch over the last month, rushing for 153.3 yards per game over his last three and scoring seven total touchdowns. He posted 143 yards and three scores in the convincing, statement road win on Thursday night over Arizona State. Look for the Ducks running back to pad his stats once again this weekend against the Buffs.
Next Game: Colorado

6. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
Season Stats: 106-154, 1,476 yards, 16 TD, 0 INT, 26 att., minus-45 yards
Next Game: Mississippi State

7. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Season Stats: 140-213, 1,773 yards, 22 TD, 6 INT, 17 att., minus-60 yards
Next game: at Arizona

8. Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech
Season Stats: 
189-267, 2,209 yards, 28 TD, 7 INT, 20 att., minus-19 yards
Next Game: at Kansas State

9. Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
Season Stats: 217.2 rush yards per game, 423.0 total yards per game, 40.5 points per game
Next Game: at Tennessee

10. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Season Stats: 157-246, 1,956 yards, 14 TD, 6 INT, 108 att., 703 yards, 10 TD
Next Week: at Auburn

by Braden Gall

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