Here’s a look at the top five players for the 2012 Heisman Candidates Week 9:
5. Oregon Ducks Running Back Kenjon Barner
This is Barner’s first appearance on the list as he’s recorded 981 yards from the line of scrimmage with 13 touchdowns so far this season. In fact, Barner has 460 yards to go along with six touchdowns over the last three weeks and should put up big numbers once again on Saturday against a Colorado Buffaloes team that sits 1-6 on the season.
4. West Virginia Mountaineers Quarterback Geno Smith
After sitting on top of the list for the last couple of weeks, Smith has fallen down the list after back-to-back disappointing performances–with the latest being last weekend against the Kansas State Wildcats. Smith threw his first two interceptions of the season last weekend, but he still has 26 touchdowns on the season–which is a pretty impressive stat.
3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Linebacker Manti Te’o
Once again, Te’o came up big for the Irish last weekend against BYU as he recorded double-digit tackles for the fifth time in six games and even recorded an interception. Notre Dame’s defense is allowing just 9.4 points per game so far this season and one of the main reasons why is because of Te’o.
With a tough matchup against an Oklahoma Sooners team that averages 44.7 points per game, Te’o and the Irish will be heavily tested on Saturday.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes Quarterback Braxton Miller
The Buckeyes star quarterback helped the team remain undefeated during the 2012 season with another impressive win over the Purdue Boilermakers–even if he only completed 9 of 20 passes for 113 yards. Miller will certainly be tested on Saturday against a Penn State Nittany Lions’ defense that is only allowing 15.7 points per game on the season.
1. Kansas State Wildcats Quarterback Collin Klein
At this point in the season, the award is Klein’s to lose as he’s made a strong case to be considered the top quarterback of the 2012 season. Last weekend against West Virginia, Klein completed 19 of 21 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns to go along with four rushing touchdowns on the ground.
With seven total touchdowns in one game–it’s no wonder Klein jumped to the top of this list heading into Week 9.
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