Friday, November 2, 2012

Brendan's Heisman Ballot: Week 10

Another week, another dominant Collin Klein performance, and we're right where we were last Friday. Here's where we stand with a month left in the season:

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1. COLLIN KLEIN, QB, KANSAS STATE: Klein turned in another hardware-worthy performance against giant slayer Texas Tech, turning what started as a slugfest into another blowout Wildcats win. He was efficient in the air again (the story of the last month), going 19 for 25 with 233 yards and 2 TDs. He also added 83 yards and 2 TDs on the ground. Seventy-six of his rushing yards, and both scores, came in the second half as Kansas State put the game out of reach. Klein has been at his best when it matters most, and if that helps him lock up an undefeated season he's as sure of a Heisman lock as we've seen since...well...RG3. 

2. MANTI TE'O, LB, NOTRE DAME: Every year we hear about players having a "Heisman performance," whether it's RG3 completing bombs all over the place against Oklahoma or Trent Richardson breaking Ole Miss defensive backs' legs off on 70 yard TD runs. The entire Oklahoma game was a Heisman moment for Te'o. Notre Dame's defensive stud was everywhere on the field in Norman, finishing with 11 tackles, his first sack of the season, and a game-clinching interception that drove the final nail in Landry Jones' coffin. With a big game against USC to end the season Te'o can still conceivably steal this thing.

3. A.J. McCARRON, QB, ALABAMA: Last year McCarron was viewed as nothing more than a competent game manager, but now he's a legitimate threat to throw all over you. His efficiency numbers have been as impressive as Geno Smith or Teddy Bridgewater's, and he's finally starting to see the corresponding Heisman love. Last week was a typical McCarron performance: 16 of 23 passing, 208 yards, 2 TDs, no picks (he still hasn't thrown an interception all season). If he puts up the same kind of stats in Death Valley Saturday night he can shoot to the top of some voters' ballots...especially all the voters in the southeast that refuse to ackknowledge the existence of anyone outside the SEC.

Legitimate Contenders:
Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State (sorry Jimmy
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Long Shot of the Week:
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

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