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Heisman Trophy Rankings
by Wayne Root - 09/14/2012
1. Matt Barkley, QB USC--- This week's game against Stanford gives him a chance to perform well against a ranked opponent. We'll have to see if he can match last weeks record of 6 TD passes. Thru 2 games, he's had 10 TD's with just 1 interception.
2. Gino Smith, QB West Virginia---Smith gets to play in a neutral site game at FedEx Field in the DC area. This is his chance to showcase as WV uses this as an opportunity to recruit. Look for him to pad the numbers against James Madison Univ.
3. De'Anthony Thomas, RB Oregon---Thomas continues to wow the college football world with his highlight-reel performances. He has touched the ball just 21 times this season but has already scored five touchdowns. He's averaging 16 ypc.
4. EJ Manuel, QB Florida State---Manuel's hopes rest in his team remaining undefeated and in the hunt for a BCS title game berth. As long as Manuel backs up his team's success with good production, he stands a chance to challenge for the Heisman. In 2 weeks, he gets his first test vs Clemson.
5. Aaron Murray, QB Georgia---Murray is off to a good start with 500 passing yards and six TDs in his first two games. The schedule sets up well, and the Bulldogs should be favored the rest of the way. Beating Missouri on the road did not hurt.
6. Tajh Boyd, QB Clemson---Boyd is off to a solid start with 437 yards and four touchdowns, but his numbers should get a boost this week with the return of Sammie Watkins to the Clemson arsenal. He gets matched up in 2 weeks vs FSU.
7. Johnathan Franklin, RB UCLA---Franklin has eclipsed 200 yards rushing in each of UCLA's wins to start the season, including 217 yards on 26 carries in the Bruins' win over Nebraska. His 431 yards on the season is more than 90 teams have managed thus far.
8. Le'Veon Bell, RB Michigan State---Bell has 280 yards rushing this year. He was barely used last week saving his stuff for this weeks opponent; Notre Dame.
9. Braxton Miller, QB Ohio St.---Miller is the most intriguing name on this list. He has rushed for 302 yards and passed for 362 so far and leads the Big Ten in total offense with 332 yards per game. He's OSU's one man show as he has no one else to turn.
10. Collin Klein, QB Kansas State---It's highly unlikely that Kansas State is going to go undefeated, so that means Klein will have to produce a stand-out statistical season. He had one vs Miami by running and passing for 281 yards while totaling four touchdowns. He's already racked up over 500 yards in 2 games running and passing with 6 TD's.
Wayne's Honorable Mentions:
Landry Jones, QB Oklahoma
Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson
Rex Burkhead, RB Nebraska
Denard Robinson, QB Michigan
Logan Thomas, QB Virginia Tech
Taylor Martinez, QB Nebraska
AJ McCarron, QB Alabama
Marqise Lee, WR USC