After last weekends huge upsets, I think it is safe to say that all of the Collin Klein talk can stop. He will probably get the invite to New York City, but he will leave without hardware. It’s probably a good thing, since he will have to save all the energy he needs for a potential Fiesta Bowl matchup with Oregon. ESPN has the game projected, if nothing crazy happens this weekend.
Although Klein will get an invite, he does not appear on my list of five Heisman hopefuls. The men who did make the cut are the best five players in the nation in my opinion.
FanSided Radio Heisman Watch List
1) Johnny Manziel, Quarterback Texas A&M: The freshman has completed two hundred and forty one passes for 3047 yards and 27 touchdowns through the air. He has also rushed for 1114 yards and another 17 touchdowns. Add that up, and you are looking at 4161 yards and 34 touchdowns. He can also boast the signature win of all of the candidates. He shredded the best defense in the nation when he took down Alabama. He burned The Crimson Tide for 345 total yards and 2 touchdowns in the 29-24 victory. He could be the first freshman to ever win the Heisman.
1) Manti Te’o, Linebacker Notre Dame: He doesn’t lead the nation in tackles, or sacks, or even interceptions. He does lead all linebackers with six pciks, and has led the Irish defense all season long. You can’t say that he has had a signature performance, he has put his stamp on several huge games this year. Two interceptions against Michigan, and another big pick against Oklahoma led Notre Dame to a big victory in Norman. He is the best defensive player in the country, and deserves this co number one ranking.
3) Kenjon Barner, Running Back Oregon: Barner’s Oregon Ducks fell to a very good Stanford team in overtime. That is the only blemish on this outstanding runners resume. He averages 6.5 yards per carry and has 19 touchdowns on the year. His 1426 yards rushing may not be the most impressive stat, but consider the fact that he has spent quarters and entire halves on the sidelines. He carried the ball less than 15 times in three games this year. Signature performance of the season for Barner had to be his record setting game against USC. He went off for 321 yards and 5 touchdowns vs The Trojans.
4) Marqise Lee, Wide Receiver USC: The sophomore standout has been explosive this season. The Inglewood native has accumulated 1605 yards receiving with 14 touchdowns. His speed, route running, and hands make him the most complete wideout in the game. If he were eligible, this kid would be a top ten pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. His signature game is unquestionable. Against Arizona he caught 16 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns.
5) A.J. McCarron, Quarterback Alabama: His two interceptions this year could not have come at a worse time. Texas A&M made good on those turnovers, and handed the Crimson Tide their only loss on the season. Although he had those critical turnovers, he still passed for 309 yards and a score against the Aggie defense. His signature game is not that impressive statistically. Against LSU in Death Valley, McCarron led Alabama with a late fourth quarter comeback to beat the hated Tigers.
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