2012 Heisman Candidates Week 14: Looking at the Top Five Players

Here’s a look at the top five players for 2012 Heisman Candidates Week 14:

5. Ohio State Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller

It’s been quite the year for the Buckeyes in their first season under Urban Meyer as Miller topped off the undefeated season with a big win over the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday. Miller completed 14 of 18 passes for 189 yards with one touchdown to go along with 57 rushing yards–topping off a 2012 season in which he threw for over 2,000 yards and rushed for 1,200 yards with 28 total touchdowns.

4. USC Trojans WR Marqise Lee

Even though this year hasn’t gone the way the Trojans would have liked it too, they have to be excited about what the future holds for Lee–who is coming off a performance against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in which he caught five passes for 75 yards. On the season, Lee has caught 112 passes for 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns–which is impressive for any wideout.

3. Kansas State Wildcats QB Collin Klein

The Wildcats quarterback has proven to be just as effective on the ground as through the air this season as he’s recorded 34 total touchdowns. The Heisman may be a long shot at this point, but Klein will have one final chance against the Texas Longhorns on Saturday.

2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish LB Manti Te’o

Who would have thought it would be the Fighting Irish playing in the National Championship game this season? Te’o helped top off Notre Dame’s magical season with an impressive game against the Trojans in which he recorded five tackles and one interception.

It’s more difficult for a defensive player to win the award–but anything is possible with the type of season Te’o has had so far this year.

1. Texas A&M Aggies QB Johnny Manziel 

The star freshman is coming off another impressive performance against the Missouri Tigers in which he completed 32 of 44 passes for 372 yards and 67 rushing yards to go along with five total touchdowns. All signs point to Manziel becoming the first freshman to ever win the award and he appears to have a bright future in the college football world over the next couple of seasons.

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