It is officially time to throw Oregon Ducks running-back Kenjon Barner into the Heisman trophy discussions. On Saturday, in southern California, Barner ran wild on the USC Trojans as he set a school record for most rushing yards in a single game. Just look at this filthy good stat line.
38 carries for 321 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Not only did he break former teammate LaMichael James school record for yards in a game, it was the most ever put on the Trojans in a single performance.
The senior from Riverside, California did it all for the Ducks. He pounded out tough yards, had multiple bursts down the sidelines, and also caught the rock out of the backfield. His Heisman stock has undoubtedly risen.
Barner, 5’9, 195 pounds, leads the Pac 12 in rushing yards with 1295 and rushing touchdowns with 19.
Although Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein is in the poll-position for the Heisman race, Barner has a few other factors working in his favor.
The Ducks are undefeated, yet still looking up at the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and No. 2 Kansas State Wildcats. With that said, they must win in sexy fashion to leap other undefeated teams. Winning sexy means blowing teams out. Blowing teams out means Barner will continue to get plenty of touches. This definitely helps his chances of ending up in New York for the Heisman presentation.
Kenjon and the Ducks have remaining games against the California Golden Bears, Stanford Cardinal, and Oregon State Beavers. These games will surely present the opportunity for Barner to pad his stats and perhaps have a Heisman moment.