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Collin Klein, Kansas State: 180-of-272 for 2,495 yards, 15 TDs, seven INTs; 194 carries for 895 yards, 22 TDs
Collin Klein is the lone upperclassman on this list, but being a senior is hardly an advantage. What is advantageous for Klein is the way that he has been able to win games for the Wildcats on a consistent basis.
The Wildcats did make it to No.1 this season and will finish the year in a BCS bowl. Without Klein, those accomplishments don’t happen. He has been a consistent threat for Kansas State, rarely playing his team out of wins.
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: 273-of-400 for 3,419 yards, 24 TDs, eight INTs; 184 carries for 1,181 yards, 19 TDs
Johnny Manziel has taken the country over with his electric play and amazing athleticism. Manziel is the leader for the Heisman and helped Texas A&M smoothly transition into the SEC Western Division—what is typically considered to be the toughest division in college football.
The Aggies did drop two games this year with Manziel handing one loss to LSU, but his overall performance has been nothing short of award-winning. Manziel has a bright future ahead, but the here and now is almost unbelievable.
Braxton Miller, Ohio State: 148-of-254 for 2,039 yards, 15 TDs, six INTs; 227 carries for 1,271 yards, 13 TDs
Braxton Miller took a deflated Ohio State team and turned them into an undefeated squad under the leadership of Urban Meyer. Miller struggled with accuracy at times this season, but his overall performance was indicative of a Meyer quarterback.
Miller will be a key driver in the future of this Buckeyes program as they return to bowl competition in 2013.
Projected Winner: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Aggies