Posted by Adam Butler on November 20, 2012
Baylor forced Collin Klein to do two things last week that he had not done all season long: throw the ball more than 26 times and lose.
I’m not a very smart man, but I’m pretty sure those things correlate with one other. Colby Cameron really let me down this week and considering there were zero Louisiana Tech fans chiming in on him… I guess I’m the only one. Marqise Lee may just be the best player in college football. Unlike every other Heisman list in America, this one does not include a linebacker who is tied for 44th in the country in tackles.
1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (3,047 yards passing, 67.7%, 21 TD’s, 7 INT’s; 1,114 yards rushing, 6.5 ypc, 17 TD’s) I don’t think I can be any more clear on this one: I hope the voters do not exclude Johnny Trademark because he is a freshman. That would be a travesty–a travesty along the lines of voters excluding Darren McFadden because he was a sophomore then awarding the Heisman Trophy to a sophomore one year later. Johnny deserves the Trophy.
2. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State (2,306 yards passing, 66.7%, 14 TD’s, 6 INT’s; 787 yards rushing, 4.6 ypc, 20 TD’s) The +1 thought about dropping Optimus more, but couldn’t due to his almost year-long perfect streak.
3. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (3,367 yards passing, 68.0%, 33 TD’s, 11 INT’s; 413 yards rushing, 4 TD’s) Tajh continues to wow. You won’t win it Tajh, but you deserve to be a finalist and receive a lot of 2nd and 3rd-place votes.
4. Marqise Lee, WR, USC (1,604 receiving yards, 107 receptions, 15.0 ypr, 14 TD’s; 110 yards rushing, 11.0 ypc; 24 kickoff returns, 704 yards, 29.3 ypr, 1 TD) Marqise continues to destroy opposing defenses. Not playing in the PAC 12 Championship (and the fact that Matt Barkley is not throwing to him anymore) may be all that keeps him from having a 2,000 yard season.
5. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA (1,441 yards rushing, 6.2 ypc, 10 TD’s; 286 yards receiving, 2 TD’s) Franklin saved his best for last by ripping rival USC for 171 yards. Franklin’s only downfall is his lack of consistency throughout the season.
+1. Nick Florence, QB, Baylor (3,429 yards passing, 61.6%, 27 TD’s, 13 INT’s; 385 yards rushing, 7 TD’s)