2012 Hesiman Candidates Week 13: Looking at the Top Five Players

Here’s a look at the top five players for 2012 Heisman Candidates Week 13:

5. USC Trojans WR Marqise Lee

This year may not have gone the way the Trojans would have liked it to, but what Lee has done so far in 2012 has been nothing short of amazing after recording 107 catches for 1,605 yards with 14 touchdowns heading into the weekend. And USC’s National title hopes may be shattered–but that doesn’t mean they would love to spoil them for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

4. Ohio State Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller

Despite throwing for just 97 passing yards and rushing for 48 yards against the Wisconsin Badgers last weekend, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Ohio State is 11-0 heading into this weekend’s matchup against the Michigan Wolverines. Miller may be a long shot, but staying in the top five should motivate the young quarterback to be back on this list once again in 2013.

3. Kansas State Wildcats QB Collin Klein 

Unfortunately for Klein and the Wildcats, they fell from the No. 1 spot after a disappointing 52-24 loss to the Baylor Bears last weekend–which also hurt the quarterback’s ranking in the Heisman race. Klein did manage to throw for 286 yards with 39 rushing yards and three total touchdowns, but his three interceptions were costly against a weak Baylor defense.

2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish LB Manti Te’o

The Fighting Irish had no problems last weekend during their 38-0 win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as Te’o contributed six tackles in the win. A win over the Trojans this weekend will most likely put Notre Dame in the National Championship–and they’ll have Te’o to thank for that.

1. Texas A&M Aggies QB Johnny Manziel 

Who saw this one coming? Manziel is coming off another impressive performance against in which he completed 14 of 20 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 100 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. If he can display another strong performance against the 5-6 Missouri, there’s a good chance Manziel will become the first freshman ever to win the Heisman.

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