Heisman Watch Week 11: Aggies’ Manziel makes his move
On the weekend he returned from an injury that seemed to threaten his hopes at the Heisman trophy, Collin Klein was able to put in a solid performance in a key victory over TCU on Saturday, using his feet to help push Kansas State. Klein was admittedly underwhelming through the air, passing for just 145 yards and no touchdowns with a pick thrown. But his ground game made up for the aerial assault, as he provided the Wildcats with two key scores on the ground.
It’s not really what Manziel did statistically that makes Johnny Manziel the emergent Heisman candidate of the weekend, it’s what his team did. In Texas A&M’s surprising victory over unbeaten No. 1 Alabama, Manziel was the quarterback the Aggies needed, throwing for two touchdowns and 253 yards in the victory. Again, there was nothing spectacular about the stats that Manziel produced Saturday, but that matters little for a trophy that always values big performances in big spots — and Manziel might have delivered the best example of the year Saturday.
Barner was relatively unneeded in Oregon’s victory over California on Saturday, and an injury to the star running back certainly put a damper on his numbers, but Barner is far from out of the race. His 100 yards of total offense on Saturday was nothing to write home about, definitely, but the burner Barner can always turn his production back up, and when the time comes for Oregon to prove it belongs in the national title race, his performance (or lack thereof) could spark the Heisman conversation he needs.
Manti Te’o recorded a Notre Dame linebacker record sixth interception against Boston College in the Irish’s key victory on Saturday. Te’o’s has and continues to provide the spark the Irish need in key moments, and it was no different on Saturday. The 21-6 victory wasn’t pretty, but it was exactly what Notre Dame needed to do to stay in the national conversation, and another strong performance out of Te’o keeps him in the Heimsan conversation.
The Buckeyes quarterback and Ohio State were off this weekend, giving Braxton Miller the time he needs to rest and likely recover from a season that has tested him well. Miller has done many things this season to help the ineligible Buckeyes stay undefeated, a feat that should not and will not go unnoticed. He may fall short of the Heisman trophy this season, but at this early juncture, who better to hold the flag for 2013?
On The Radar:
The receiver can’t be stopped, bringing in more than 150 yards for the third straight week and hauling in a touchdown.
Tough break for McCarron on Saturday, who saw his Heisman hopes dwindle with the loss and two costly interceptions.
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