Heisman Watch 2012: A Heisman Voter's Rankings After Week 11
Last week, I left Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel off of my Heisman candidate list. Mea culpa. Manziel had been on my list for quite some time, and somehow, he got lost in last week's list.
So Johnny Football is back, and deservedly so.
Meanwhile, a few other players dropped from this list. Keep in mind, this is now about which player has the best chance of winning the Heisman, so being dropped doesn't reflect his performances on the field—it just reflects where I think the Top Five will place.
Dropped: Alabama's A.J. McCarron and Ohio State's Braxton Miller
Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
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With just over five minutes left in the game, Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te'o intercepted Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig's pass and sealed the Eagles' fate.
This marks the second time this year that Te'o has made an interception that ended an opponent's drive to keep the game alive.
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
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What left is there to say about Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel?
Johnny Football single-handedly beat the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. It was the most ridiculous display of a quarterback being "in the zone" that we've seen in awhile.
Passing: 24-of-31, 253 yards, two touchdowns.
Rushing: 18 carries, 92 yards.
The fact that he is a redshirt freshman tends to give him a disadvantage with Heisman voters but it certainly sets up next year's Heisman campaign quite nicely, now doesn't it?
Kenjon Barner, Oregon
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Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner was overshadowed by his own quarterback in last Saturday's tilt at Cal.
Marcus Mariota scored six touchdowns in the Ducks' 59-17 victory over the Golden Bears.
Barner rushed for 65 yards on 20 carries—he didn't have a bad game, so he didn't lose any standing here. Barner also missed part of the first half after a hard hit.
Sometimes, your services are just not needed after a 321-yard effort against USC the previous week.
Marqise Lee, USC
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USC wide receiver Marqise Lee continued his highlight-worthy season with another great game against Arizona State. Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 66 yards.
Lee had suffered an allergic reaction prior to the game and reportedly had "swollen cheeks and irritated eyes" less than an hour before kickoff, according to an ESPN report.
Collin Klein, Kansas State
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With only a few weeks left until Heisman voting begins, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein has this baby wrapped up. The dual-threat Wildcat just needs to play a solid game at Baylor and not make any serious mistakes against Texas before he can strike the pose.
Against TCU, Klein was not quite his usual self after suffering an undisclosed injury against Oklahoma State the previous week. Still, Klein rushed for two touchdowns in the Wildcats 23-10 victory over TCU.
Klein went 12-of-21 for 145 yards through the air and threw one interception.