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Blog: Heisman Trophy Projection Week Three

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? 

What we know week three:

The Heisman race was blown wide open after USC and Heisman front runner Matt Barkley lost to Stanford, but it’s not the fact that they lost; it’s the how bad Barkley looked in doing so.

Le’Veon Bell failed to make a statement with the nation watching, and that made a huge impact on his Heisman chances.

Geno Smith hasn’t played a good defense yet, but his numbers have been unbelievable.  

These projections will evolve throughout the season as they battle it out on the gridiron. 

Projected Top Five:


  1. Geno Smith QB, West Virginia: Completed %87.2 of his passes for 411 yards and five touchdowns verses James Madison.


  1. De’Anthony Thomas RB, Oregon: It’s all about all purpose yards for Thomas and verses Tennessee Tech he gained 111 yards and a couple of touchdowns.  


  1. Aaron Murry QB, Georgia: Completed %73.7 of his passes for 342 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.    


  1. Matt Barkley QB, USC: Only completed %48.8 of his passes for 254 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.


  1. Johnathan Franklin RB, UCLA: Rushed for 110 yards on 25 carries and added 58 more yards receiving, but never found the end zone verses Houston.  

Just outside the Top 5:

  • Collin Klein QB, Kansas State: Completed %75 for 230 yards and rushed for 85 yards accounting for 3 touchdowns.
  • Le’Veon Bell RB, Michigan State: Rushed for 77 yards on 19 carries.
  • Tajh Boyd QB, Clemson: Completed %69 for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns.
  • Landry Jones QB, Oklahoma: Off week.   
  • EJ Manuel QB, Florida State: Completed %62.5 for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Dark Horses:

  • Denard Robinson QB, Michigan
  • Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville  


AlabamaTonight Sports Blogger – Patrick Pierce @Patrickp13

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