2012 Heisman Candidates Week 11: Looking at the Top Five Players

Here’s a look at the top five players for 2012 Heisman Candidates Week 11:

5. Ohio State Buckeyes Quarterback Braxton Miller

Once again, Miller is coming off an impressive performance against the Illinois Fighting Illini after completing 12 of 20 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 73 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Buckeyes are off this week, but Miller continues to be one of the most impressive surprises of the 2012 season.

4. Alabama Crimson Tide Quarterback A.J. McCarron 

The argument can be made that McCarron is coming off his most impressive performance of the season after leading the Crimson Tide to a big win on the road against the LSU Tigers in which he completed 14 of 27 passes for 165 yards and two total touchdowns. What’s even more impressive–McCarron has thrown 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions so far this year.

3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Linebacker Manti Te’o

The Irish are coming off a scare last weekend in which they just squeaked by the Pittsburgh Panthers, but it’s hard to deny the fact they have one of the top defenses in the country who is allowing just 11.7 points per game to their opponents so far this season. With a favorable matchup against the 2-7 Boston College Eagles, don’t be surprised if Notre Dame’s defense bounces back on Saturday.

2. Oregon Ducks Running Back Kenjon Barner

Over the last couple of weeks, Barner has quickly jumped up this list and it’s safe to say his performance against the USC Trojans last weekend was arguably one of the best from the 2012 season. Barner recorded 321 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 38 carries against the Trojans to give him 1,295 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns on the season–which has made him the most reliable option in the Ducks’ high-powered offense.

1. Kansas State Wildcats Quarterback Collin Klein 

Hopefully, Klein’s head injury suffered against the Oklahoma State Cowboys last weekend won’t have an impact on his chances of winning the Heisman for the rest of the season. Klein completed 16 of 22 passes for 245 yards to go along with 64 rushing yards and one touchdown against Oklahoma State last weekend.

At this point, the honor is Klein’s to lose–so it should be interesting to see if he can keep the Wildcats in the hunt for the National Championship.