By Patrick Pierce
The Heisman trophy is one of the most sought after awards in all of sports, it’s an elite fraternity made up of what is considered to be the top players in college football. So who will the Heisman Trust invite to New York in 2012?
Week two may have been the nail in the coffin to the Heisman hopes of several candidates. Montee Ball, Tyler Wilson, Knile Davis and Keith Price all saw their stock crash and Heisman hopes fading away.
These projections will evolve throughout the season as they battle it out on the gridiron.
Projected Top Five:
- Matt Barkley QB, USC: Only passed for 187 yards, but tossed a personal best six touchdowns vs. Syracuse.
- Geno Smith QB, West Virginia: Off Week.
- De’Anthony Thomas RB, Oregon: Averaged 14.6 yards per carry vs. Fresno State.
- Le’Veon Bell RB, Michigan State: Rushed for 70 yards and two touchdowns vs. Central Michigan.
- Aaron Murry QB, Georgia: 22 of 35 for 242 yards with three touchdowns and once interception at Missouri.
Just outside the Top 5:
- Landry Jones QB, Oklahoma: Completed 67.9 percent for 252 yards.
- Tajh Boyd QB, Clemson: Completed 82.6 percent for 229 yards.
- EJ Manuel QB, Florida State: Only threw the ball 13 times, but completed 84.6 percent of them.
- Collin Klein QB, Kansas State: Passed for 210 and rushed for 71 yards.
The Dark Horses:
- Tyler Bray QB, Tennessee
- Denard Robinson QB, Michigan
- Marcus Lattimore RB, South Carolina
- Andre Ellington RB, Clemson
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