Weekly Heisman Watch 2012

Klein Holds Onto Top Heisman Spot

1. Collin Klein QB Kansas State

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein continued to pad his Heisman credentials with four more touchdowns in the Wildcats 55-24 thrashing of Texas Tech last Saturday.

For the season, Optimus Klein has 28 total touchdowns, 12 through the air and 16 on the ground. The Wildcats are ranked second in the BCS standings heading into a conference clash with Oklahoma State Saturday night in Manhattan.

2. AJ McCarron QB Alabama

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron put forth another solid outing Saturday leading the Crimson Tide to a dominating 38-7 victory over previously unbeaten Mississippi State. McCarron tossed two more touchdowns and played mistake free football.

For the season, McCarron has 18 touchdowns and no interceptions in leading the Tide to a potential repeat national title. Alabama has a tough road game at LSU this week.

3. Kenjon Barner RB Oregon

Oregon running back rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries in the Ducks 70-14 pounding of Colorado. Barner will have an opportunity to improve his Heisman candidacy against USC.

On the year, Barner has 15 total touchdowns and over 1,100 total yards from scrimmage.

4. Marquis Lee WR USC

USC wide receiver put on a performance for the ages against Arizona, hauling in 16 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, USC lost the game 38-36 and saw their slim national title hopes go up in smoke.

The playmaking Lee has 76 receptions for 1129 yards and 10 touchdowns for the season. With a looming shootout with Oregon on deck, expect Lee to continue to ball out.

5. Geno Smith QB West Virginia

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was the early season favorite for the Heisman but has seen his stock drop because of his team's struggles. Even so, Smith has compiled incredible numbers with 26 touchdowns and 2417 passing yards.

Smith will attempt to revive his Heisman hopes at home Saturday against TCU.