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Blog: Heisman Trophy Projection

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.

Collin Klein played lackluster and is no longer the Heisman front runner, but I think he still has a shot at winning.

Johnny Football Manziel seems to be the guy now to win the Heisman. He’s a freshman and no freshman has ever won, but it looks like that won’t be an issue this year.    

AJ McCarron will have to have a strong Iron bowl and an even better SEC Championship performance just to get back into the race.  

Manti Te’o will be in the mix as long as Notre Dame stays unbeaten, but his stats will keep him from winning the Heisman.

Marqise Lee is the best wide receiver in the county, but his team having 4 losses and he doesn’t really have a Heisman moment. He has a shot at an invite, but little shot at winning.

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

Projected Top Five:

  1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Passed for 267 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Manziel rushed for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns versus Sam Houston State.


  1. Collin Klein QB, Kansas State: Completed %54 of his passes for 286 yards with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions plus rushed for 39 yards adding 1 rushing touchdown versus Baylor.


  1. Manti Te’o LB, Notre Dame: 6 tackles versus Wake Forest.     


  1. Marqise Lee WR, USC: 9 receptions for 158 yards with 1 touchdown versus UCLA.  


  1. AJ McCarron QB, Alabama: Completed %100 of his passes for 133 yards with 1 touchdown versus Western Carolina.    

Just outside the Top 5:

  • EJ Manuel QB, Florida State: Passed for 144 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception versus Maryland.
  • Braxton Miller QB, Ohio State: Passed for 97 yards and rushed for 48 yards with no touchdowns versus Wisconsin.   
  • Kenjon Barner RB, Oregon: Rushed for 66 yards on 21 carries versus Stanford.  

The Dark Horses:

Aaron Murray QB, Georgia

Tajh Boyd QB, Clemson

AlabamaTonight Sports Blogger – Patrick Pierce @Patrickp13


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