Heisman Watch 2012: Which Players Have Emerged from the Pack?

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Heisman Watch 2012: Which Players Have Emerged from the Pack?
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Through the first eight weeks of the season, a number of teams and players have separated themselves as the elite of the country. There have been a few surprises in the Heisman race, but most of the players that are emerging from the pack were expected.

The Heisman list is full of offensive players, as is standard practice, but Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is making waves as a defensive candidate. There has been one defensive winner in Heisman history; this year could mark the second.

Other major players have stepped up to the challenge with Collin Klein having a Heisman day Saturday against West Virginia and Matt Barkley going nearly perfect against Colorado.

With a number of big-name players chasing the bronze to finish the season, these are the six pack leaders through the first eight weeks of college football. 

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