NCAA Football

Rant Sports Heisman Watch: Week 1

After one week of football, the Rant Sports Heisman Watch turns out several new names. Gone are Marcus LattimoreLandry Jones and Denard Robinson. In are De’Anthony ThomasLe’Veon Bell and Geno Smith.

Thomas accounted for three first half TD’s and showed game breaking ability in a win over Arkansas State, while Bell was the Michgan State offense after racking up 44 carries in a victory over ranked Boise State in primetime television.

Geno Smith earned some first place votes and closed the gap on Matt Barkley after a near perfect game against Marshall.

Note: First Place votes in parentheses

5. De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon - Last Week: Not Ranked

vs. Arkansas State – 3 carries, 64 yards 1 TD; 4 rec, 55 yards, 2 TDs

2012: Rushing: 3-64,1 TD –  Receiving: 4-55,2 TDs

4. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin - Last Week: 4

vs. Northern Iowa – 32 carries, 120 yards, 1 TD; 3 rec, 31 yards

2012: Rushing: 32-120, 1 TD - Receiving 3-31

3. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State (1)Last Week: NR

vs. Boise State – 44 carries, 212 yard, 2 TDs; 6 receptions for 55 yards

2012: Rushing: 44-212, 2 TDs - Receiving: 6-44

2. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia (2) - Last Week: NR

vs. Marshall – 32-36, 323 yards, 4 TDs; 8 carries, 65 yards, 1 TD

2012: 32-36,323, 4 TDs Rushing: 8-65, 1 TD

1. Matt Barkley, QB, USC (9) – Last Week: 1

vs. Hawai’i – 23-38, 372, 4 TDs

2012: 23-38,372, 4 TDs

Others receiving votes: RB Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina), QB Taylor Martinez (Nebraska), WR Marquis Lee (USC), QB Braxton Miller (Ohio State), QB Tyler Wilson (Arkansas), WR Cordarrelle Patterson(Tennessee), RB Knile Davis (Arkansas), RB Todd Gurley (Georgia), RB Andre Ellington (Clemson), WR Robert Woods (USC), QB Denard Robinson (Michigan), Landry Jones (Oklahoma)


Jeremy Cabler covers the NFL Draft and College Football for Rant Sports. Check out his Scouting ReportsProspect Recaps, and Player Rankings

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