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Blog: Heisman Trophy Projection Week Five

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 toNew York in 2012? 

What we know week five:

The Heisman isn’t won or lost this early in the season, but it certainly feels that way after watching Geno Smith this September. The nails might not be put in the coffin just yet, but the nails and hammer have been bought. The one thing we know is the schedule is fixing to get a lot harder for Smith and the microscope over him is pretty large right now.    

EJ Manuel and Aaron Murry might not be putting up the same video game like numbers that Geno Smith is, but they’re continuing to be very accurate both completing more than %70 of their passes.     

Did De’Anthony Thomas’s lack of touches and numbers in the wins over Arizona and Washington State hurt his Heisman bid? He’s one of the most electric players in college football, but in back to back weeks he hasn’t been able to produce Heisman level stats.

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 %88.2 of his passes for 656 yards and 8 touchdowns versus Baylor.  


  1. EJ Manuel QB, Florida State: Completed %73.1 of his passes for 242 yards and 1 touchdown versus South Florida.


  1. Collin Klein QB, Kansas State: OFF WEEK.


  1. Aaron Murry QB, Georgia: Completed %76 of his passes for 278 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception versus Tennessee.      


  1. Matt Barkley QB, USC: OFF WEEK.


Just outside the Top 5:

  • David Ash QB, Texas: Completed %81.1 for 304 with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.
  • De’Anthony Thomas RB, Oregon: 26 yards rushing with one touchdown plus 28 yards receiving.
  • Johnathan Franklin RB, UCLA: Rushed for 111 yards on 15 carries.  
  • Tajh Boyd QB, Clemson: Completed %73.7 for 367 yards with 3 touchdowns and one interception.
  • Braxton Miller QB, Ohio State: 179 yards in the air and 136 yards on the ground versus a stingy Michigan State defense.  


 The Dark Horses:

  • Taylor Martinez QB, Nebraska
  • AJ McCarron QB, Alabama
  • Manti Te’o LB, Notre Dame
  • Jarvis Jones LB, Georgia
  • Landry Jones QB, Oklahoma

AlabamaTonight Sports Blogger – Patrick Pierce @Patrickp13

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