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 nine: .
Collin Klein is becoming a very strong front runner.
AJ McCarron got out to a quick start, but suffered a back bruise in the 3rd quarter. McCarron should be good to go for LSU, but he will be held back some this week in practice.
Manti Te’o had a clutch Heisman moment with his game sealing interception.
Braxton Miller returns from injury and helps lead the Buckeyes past Penn State.
These projections will evolve throughout the season as they battle it out on the gridiron.
Projected Top Five:
- Collin Klein QB, Kansas State: Completed %73.1 of his passes for 233 yards with 2 touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards adding 2 rushing touchdowns versus Texas Tech.
- AJ McCarron QB, Alabama: Completed %69.6 of his passes for 208 yards with 2 touchdowns versus Mississippi State.
- Manti Te’o LB, Notre Dame: 11 tackles, a sack and napped his 5th interception of the year versus Oklahoma.
- Geno Smith QB, West Virginia: Off week.
- Braxton Miller QB, Ohio State: Passed for 143 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception plus rushed for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns versus Penn State.
Just outside the Top 5:
- Kenjon Barner RB, Oregon: Rushed for 104 yards on 9 carries for 2 touchdowns versus Colorado.
- Matt Barkley QB, USC: Completed %63.3 of his passes for 493 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Passed for 260 with 2 touchdowns plus 90 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns.
- EJ Manuel QB, Florida State: Completed %50 of his passes for 282 yards with 2 touchdowns.
The Dark Horses:
- Aaron Murray QB, Georgia
- Tajh Boyd QB, Clemson
- Marqise Lee WR, USC
- Landry Jones QB, Oklahoma
Alabama Tonight Sports Blogger – Patrick Pierce @Patrickp13