Maybe considered an emotional longshot favorite by some, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o is a legitimate Heisman contender. Te'o leads one of the nation's top defenses (9.9 papg 2nd overall) while averaging nearly ten tackles per game. According to an ESPN broadcast, he is tied in the FBS for most turnovers generated with seven. He is talented enough, has good numbers, and has had moments on the field to qualify as a strong candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
There have been a couple new additions and declines as well since I posted the Dynamic Dozen Heisman Contender List for weeks one through four. Geno Smith slid from second to fifth and Kenjon Barner is now on the watch.
Here is the list of my Heisman Trophy favorites along with information about the current race.
1. QB Collin Klein 6-5 226 Sr, Kansas State Wildcats
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Key Stats: 70.9 percent completion, 2,264 total yards, and 28 total touchdowns.
Important Games Remaining: Sat Nov 3 vs Oklahoma State and Sat Dec 1 vs Texas.
2. LB Manti Te'o 6-2 255 Sr, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
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Key Stats: 78 total tackles, five interceptions, and two forced fumbles.
Important Games Remaining: Sat Nov 24 at USC.
3. RB Kenjon Barner 5-11 192 Sr, Oregon Ducks
Important Games Remaining: Sat Nov 3 at USC, Sat Nov 17 vs Stanford, and Sat Nov 24 at Oregon State.
4. WR Marqise Lee 6-0 195 So, Southern California Trojans
Important Games Remaining: Sat Nov 3 vs Oregon and Sat Nov 24 vs Notre Dame.
5. QB Geno Smith 6-3 214 Sr, West Virginia Mountaineers
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Key Stats: 74.3 completion percent, 2,427 passing yards, and 27 total touchdowns.
Important Games Remaining: Sat Nov 10 at Oklahoma State and Sat Nov 17 vs Oklahoma.
There are also many of the honorable mentions that could be in the Heisman race next season like quarterbacks Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, and Braxton Miller.
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater Gives Media Something to Chew on
Young true sophomore QB Teddy Bridgewater is a bright talent for the Louisville Cardinals. According to a New York Times article, he places four pieces of bubble gum in his socks to help him relax (see back of post card below to the left).
Louisville is helping feed the hype behind "Bubble Gum" Bridgewater and even sent out some pieces of gum to the media (see picture directly to the left). They spelled my last name wrong, but that's fine. Chewing on the gum is helping me relax as I finish this article.
LB Jarvis Jones Playmaker for the Georgia Bulldogs
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Jones is the only player to be named Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week twice so far this season. He had a career high 13 tackles (12 unassisted), two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and three sacks in Georgia's 17-9 win over rival Florida last week.
De'Anthony Thomas "Black Mamba" Strikes Again
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Heisman talk about the Oregon Ducks multi-playmaker may have slowed down, but he can still make awesome plays with his ridiculous speed. Thomas made another one just last week against outmatched opponent Colorado.
1. QB Collin Klein, Kansas State 75
2. LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame 49
3. RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon 29
3. QB AJ McCarron, Alabama 29
5. QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State 23
1. QB Collin Klein, Kansas State 31 (10)
2. LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame 13
3. WR Marqise Lee, USC 7 (1)
4. QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State 4
4. QB Geno Smith, West Virginia 4