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Blog: Heisman Trophy Projection Week Eight

By Patrick Pierce

The Heisman trophy is one of the most sought after awards in all of sports, 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 eight:

Geno Smith’s back to back poor performances blows the doors wide open in the race for the Heisman.

Johnny “Football” Manziel is still one of the best freshman quarterbacks I’ve ever seen, but his 3 picks hurt his unlikely Heisman run.

Collin Klein showed up Geno Smith in Morgantown and took control of the race scoring 7 touchdowns.  

Welcome to the race AJ McCarron; The Tide quarterback had a career day versus Tennessee.  

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

Projected Top Five:

  1. Collin Klein QB, Kansas State: Completed 90.5 percent of his passes for 323 yards with three touchdowns and rushed for 41 yards adding four rushing touchdowns versus West Virginia.  
  1. Matt Barkley QB, USC: Completed 95 percent of his passes for 298 yards with six touchdowns versus Colorado.
  1. AJ McCarron QB, Alabama: Completed 77.3 percent of his passes for 306 yards with four touchdowns versus Tennessee.  
  1. Geno Smith QB, West Virginia: Completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 143 yards and one touchdown and two interceptions versus Kansas State.
  1. Manti Te’o LB, Notre Dame: 10 tackles and nabbed his fourth interception versus BYU.

Just outside the Top 5:

Braxton Miller QB, Ohio State: Passed for 113 yards and one interception and rushed for 47 yards and one touchdown, but left the game early for injury versus Purdue.

EJ Manuel QB, Florida State: Completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 229 yards versus Miami.

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Passed for 276 with three interceptions versus LSU.

Landry Jones QB, Oklahoma: Completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 291 yards with three touchdowns versus Kansas.

Kenjon Barner RB, Oregon: Rushed for 143 yards on 16 carries for three touchdowns versus Arizona State.

The Dark Horses:

Aaron Murry QB, Georgia

AlabamaTonight Sports Blogger – Patrick Pierce @Patrickp13

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