Heisman Watchlist: A Heisman Voter's Updated Rankings

Lisa Horne@LisaHornePac-12 and Big 12 Lead WriterNovember 8, 2012

Heisman Watchlist: A Heisman Voter's Updated Rankings

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    With four more weeks of regular season football to be played, the Heisman race is getting more interesting. While there is still a front runner, the battle for No. 2 through No. 6 has tightened considerably. 

    West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has dropped off my list. That doesn't mean he can't make a spectacular comeback—he's just got a lot of work to do if he wants to go to New York City in five weeks.

    This week receiver Marqise Lee has been reportedly practicing on defense and could possibly be in some coverage plays when USC hosts Arizona State this Saturday. On the same note, USC just launched Lee's Heisman campaign. 

Manti Te'o, Notre Dame

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    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o has been a major influence in all of the Fighting Irish's football games, but against Pittsburgh, his presence didn't appear to be as dominating.

    Te'o had great stats (eight tackles and two sacks), but Panther running back Ray Graham rushed for 172 yards—with two runs of 48 and 55 yards—against the Irish defense.

    Te'o is a terrific linebacker who excels at defending the pass.

Braxton Miller, Ohio State

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    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller went 12-of-20 for 226 yards and two touchdowns through the air against Illinois last Saturday. Miller also rushed for 73 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries. 

    Miller's overall 56.9 percent accuracy is respectable, and his legs make Ohio State's offense one of the more exciting offenses in the country. 

A.J. McCarron, Alabama

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    Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron has been fairly consistent all year, but his game against LSU was not as impressive as we've become accustomed to, albeit it was against one of the better defenses the Crimson Tide will face all year.

    McCarron went 14-of-27 for 165 yards and one touchdown in Alabama's 21-17 victory over LSU.

    McCarron has still not thrown an interception this season. 

Kenjon Barner, Oregon

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    Oregon running back Kenjon Barner rushed for 321 yards and five touchdowns in the Ducks' 62-51 victory over the USC Trojans.

    No words needed here. Just complete awe.  

Marqise Lee, USC

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    USC receiver Marqise Lee caught a 75-yard bomb from Matt Barkley last Saturday in the Trojans' loss to the Oregon Ducks. 

    Lee's stats for the day: 12 receptions, 157 yards and two touchdowns.

    Lee also returned eight kicks for 251 yards including an 82-yard return.  

Collin Klein. Kansas State

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    Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein continues to impress every week and last Saturday's performance against Oklahoma State was no exception. 

    Klein went 16-of-22 for 245 yards through the air and rushed 17 times for 64 yards and one touchdown.

    Klein's status for this week's game at TCU is questionable due to injury concerns. There has been speculation on what type of injury Klein has, but Bill Snyder has a policy of not commenting on injury specifics.