Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner (5-11 192 Sr) has soared into the Heisman discussion with his eye popping school-record 321 rushing yards and five touchdowns last Saturday in the 62-51 win over the USC Trojans.
With his numbers and recent stellar performance, you would think that he would now be the Heisman leader, but he has shared the spotlight on offense with a backfield of other talented players like QB Marcus Mariota and RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas. He was not even on the radar of many Heisman lists until recent weeks.
Barner has awesome speed that goes great in the Oregon spread offense and he finds gaps well with a good burst through the hole. He is second in the nation for rushing yards per game (143.89) and tied nationally for most points per game.
''Kenjon is a phenomenal player. I think he just proved that to everybody, that he's one of the best players in the country,'' LaMichael James (former Oregon RB) said. ''I think he's the best player, that's not plural, that's singular. And I think he deserves the Heisman..."(AP)
According to polls, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein still has a strong lead in the current Heisman race. However, he suffered an undisclosed injury last game and is questionable for this weekend, but coach Bill Snyder expects him to play.
Listed in the combined poll results below are polls from HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com, ESPN, and USA Today combined together. There are 928 official voters for the Heisman Trophy.
Combined Poll Results
1. QB Collin Klein Kansas State 204 (55)
2. RB Kenjon Barner Oregon 97 (4)
3. LB Manti Te'o Notre Dame 69
4. QB AJ McCarron Alabama 62 (2)
5. QB Braxton Miller Ohio State 50
6. WR Marqise Lee USC 16
7. QB Johnny Manziel Texas A&M 9
8. QB Tajh Boyd Clemson 5 (1)
9. QB Teddy Bridgewater Louisville 1
Number one votes in parentheses.
Kenjon Barner Game by Game
Date, Opponent, Rush Yards, Touchdowns
Sat Sept 1, Arkansas State, 66, 2
Sat Sept 8, Fresno State, 201, 3
Sat Sept 15, Tennessee Tech, 57, 1
Sat Sept 22, Arizona, 86, 0
Sat Sept 29, at Washington State, 195, 4 (1 Rec TD)
Sat Oct 6, Washington, 122, 0
Thu Oct 18, at Arizona State, 143, 3
Sat Oct 27, Colorado, 104, 2
Sat Nov 3, at USC, 321, 5
Sat Nov 10, at California
Sat Nov 17, Stanford
Sat Nov 24, at Oregon State
Season totals: 143.89 rush yards per game, 1,295 rush yards, 7.2 yards per carry, and 20 total touchdowns.