Hunting the Heisman: Week 5
Let me expand on that for you: West Virginia's senior quarterback had one of the most memorable performances in Big 12 — and NCAA — history, shattering records and leading his offense to 70 points.
In other words, Smith is by far the leader in this year's Heisman race. That's without doubt. However, there are a few new names now being considered for contention as some have dropped off.
1. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Passing: 141-of-169 (83.4 percent), 1,728 yards, 20 TDs, 0 INTs
Rushing: 21 carries, 98 yards (4.7 ypc), TD
Why: The statistics speak for themselves. Smith broke records in his 656-yard, eight-touchdown onslaught over Baylor on Saturday. He is hands down the Heisman favorite at this point, and it is now his to lose.
2. E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
Passing: 88-of-120 (73.3 percent), 1,147 yards, 9 TDs, INT
Rushing: 35 carries, 197 yards (5.6 ypc), TD
Why: Manuel had another stellar performance last week, this time against South Florida. He completed 73 percent of his passes for 242 yards and a touchdown, all while hitting nine different receivers. Still, he's got a long ways to go to catch up with Geno Smith.
3. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Passing: 88-of-129 (68.2 percent), 1,370 yards, 12 TDs, 3 INTs
Rushing: 21 carries, -8 yards (-.4 ypc), 3 TDs
Why: The Bulldogs remain undefeated much in thanks to Murray's ability to throw the ball down field and find soft spots in zone coverage. Tennessee's offense proved to be a difficult task for the Georgia defense, but the balanced combination of Murray and the running game gave it a slight advantage.
4. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State
Passing: 56-of-80 (70.0 percent), 758 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing: 63 carries, 289 yards (4.6 ypc), 5 TDs
Why: In order for Klein to hold his own against stiff competition in this race, he'll have to put up big numbers against Kansas this weekend. And that shouldn't be too hard considering the Jayhawks are allowing over 250 yards passing per game.
5. Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Receiving: 41 rec, 635 yards (16.5 ypr), 10 TDs
Why: Welcome to the show, Stedman Bailey. After his 303-yard, five-touchdown outing vs. the Bears, Bailey has launched his self right into the Heisman race and is a legitimate contender. It's not going to happen, but the junior receiver is set to finish with 123 receptions, 1,905 yards and 30 TDs — not including a conference title game or bowl.
Others to watch (in order)
6. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
7. Nick Florence, QB, Baylor
8. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
9. Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
10. David Ash, QB, Texas
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