|2012 Heisman Trophy Winner
Congratulations to 2012 winner Johnny "Football" Manziel
2012 Heisman Candidate Running Backs
Montee Ball - Wisconsin (Jr.) 2011 Season Overview: Ball gained 1,923 yards on 307 carries (6.3 YPG) and scored 33
rushing TD's. Ball also collected 24 receptions for 306 yards and six more scores. The Badgers RB's rushing totals led the nation and his
236 points scored earned college football's top ranking as well.
Positive: Ball is the top returning Heisman finalist from 2011 and is expected to be the focal point of the Wisconsin offense. Ball got off to a
slow start in 2011 and failed to pass the rushing century mark in 3 of his first four games. Don't expect a slow start this season.
Concerns: The Badgers will not have the multi-talented Russell Wilson at QB in 2012. That factor may enable opposing defenses to key
more on keeping Wisconsin's Ball from rolling.
- Ron Dayne (1999) was the Badgers last Heisman winner.
DeAnthony Thomas - Oregon (Soph.): Although he played in the shadow of the Ducks LaMichael James last season, Thomas
emerged as breakaway threat that is dangerous running and catching the ball. Thomas averaged 10.8 YPC on just 55 carries last season
for 595 yards and 7 TD's. The 5-9, 160-pound back also generated 605 yards and 9 scores on 46 receptions last season.
Positive: Has a chance to get more of the limelight with James gone in 2012. His dual rushing/receiving threat combined with his
breakaway ability gives him many highlight opportunities.
Concerns: His small frame may not be able to take a pounding for Thomas to sustain a featured role. Also RB Kenjon Barner is a rising
star and could likely take away carries.
- LaMichael James finished 3rd in 2010 for the stiff-armed trophy.
Others we're watching:
Rex Burkehead - Nebraska (Sr.): Burkehead led the Huskers in rushing last season with 1,357 yards on 284 carries. The 5-11/210
pound back scored 15 rushing TD's and also crossed the goal line twice as a receiver while hauling in 21 receptions for 177 yards.
- Eric Crouch (2001) was the last Husker to win the award
Knile Davis - Arkansas (Jr:): After missing all of 2011 with an injury, Davis promises to return with vengeance in 2012. Davis
emerged as the Razorbacks featured back in the 2nd half of the 2010 season and rushed for 1,322 yards and 13 TD's. Davis capped off
that season with 946 yards and 12 rushing scores his last 7 games of the 2010 campaign.
Marcus Lattimore - South Carolina (Jr.): The Gamecock's featured back went down for the season in the 7th game last year. With
818 yards rushing and 10 TD's Lattimore was gaining some attention. The jury is still out on healthy and effective he'll be in 2012.
John White IV - Utah (Sr.): White rushed for 1,519 yards in 2011 while scoring 15 TD's on the ground and two more as a receiver.
He'll have to be more consistent after getting held below the 40-yard rushing mark three times last season.
|Top Heisman Schools
We explore which programs
have brought home the
most stiff-armed trophies
and big schools still
seeking their first one.
Heisman Candidates: Wide Receivers-All Purpose
Sammy Watkins- Clemson (Soph.): With his Superman cape securely fitted, Watkins arrived in Clemson as a true
freshman in 2011 and lit up defenses, special teams and the scoreboard. The 6-1, 180-pound speedster snagged 82
receptions for 1,219 yards and 12 scores. Adding extra dimensions, Watkins also rushed 32 times for 231 yards and
excelled as a kick returner with 332 attempts for 826 yards and 1 TD.
|Braxton Miller - OSU
This Buckeye has Urban
Myer's squad to an
undefeated record deep into
the 2012 season.
Collin Klein - Kansas St. (Sr.): Dual threat QB's are a Heisman voters dream and the Wildcats Collin Klein's ability to run the ball
with his 6-5/226-pound frame is amazing. Along with passing for 1,918 yards, 13 TD's and 6 Int's, Klein rushed 317 times for 1.141 yards
and an incredible 27 TD's. The K-State QB did this while also leading his squad to a surprising 10-3 record that included wins Miami,
Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas.
- Kansas St. has not produced a Heisman winner. Michael Bishop finished 2nd in the 1998 voting behind Texas' Ricky Williams
Aaron Murray - Georgia (Jr.): After leading UGA to an SEC East Division championship in 2011, Murray enters this season with
some Heisman buzz. The Bulldogs QB passes for 3,149 yards, 35 TD's and 14 picks last season. However in his last two games (both
losses), Murray threw just 3 TD passes and 4 interceptions.
- Georgia's last winner was Herschel Walker in 1982
Denard Robinson - Michigan (Sr.): An early season interception flurry took Robinson out of the Heisman mix, but he finished the
year strong while guiding the Wolverines to a long-anticipated win over Ohio State and an 11-2 record. Robinson threw for 2,173 yards, 20
TD's and 15 Int's on the season. Robinson was sensational on the ground once more with 1,176 yards and 16 TD's.
- Charles Woodson (1997) was the last Wolverine to win college football's famous stiff-armed trophy.
Geno Smith - West Virginia (Sr.): Smith set the tone for a Heisman campaign in WV's 70-33 scalping of Clemson. All Smith did
was throw for 407 yards and six TD's against the ACC champion in the Orange Bowl. For the season, Smith completed 346 of 526 passes
for 4,385 yards, 31 TD's and 7 Int's. With the Mountaineers now playing in the Big 12, Smith can earn additional exposure by lighting up his
- No winners yet. Major Harris finished 3rd in the 1989 Heisman voting.
Tyler Wilson - Arkansas (Sr.): The Razorbacks offense didn't miss a beat last season when Tyler Wilson stepped in for the departed
Ryan Mallett. Without their top RB for the whole season, Wilson guided the Hogs to an 11-2 record while tossing for 3,638 yards, 24 TD's
and 6 Int's.
- Darren McFadden was the runner up in 2006 and 2007, but no Razorbacks Heisman winner yet.
Others we're watching:
Landry Jones - Oklahoma (Sr.): While still putting up strong numbers last season, Jones regressed last year including just 1 TD
vs. 6 Int's in his last four games.
- Sam Bradford (2008) was OU's last winner of the coveted bronzed trophy.
Casey Pachall - TCU (Jr.): In his first season as a starter, Pachall filled the big shoes once filled by Andy Dalton. Pachall stood tall (6-
5/216 pounds) while leading the Horned Frogs to an 11-2 record. The TCU signal caller threw for 2,921 yards, 25 TD's and 7 Int's. With the
Frogs now hopping in the Big 12, Pachall will be under a brighter spotlight.
- TCU brought home its only Heisman Trophy in 1938 when Davey O'Brien won the award.
Keith Price - Washington (Jr.): In his first season as the Huskies starter, Price led Washington to a 7-6 record while compiling a
very impressive 161.9 QB rating. Price threw for 3,063 yards and produced a 33/11 TD/Int ratio. Price built momentum for 2012 with a 438
yards passing performance in the Huskies bowl game against Baylor. In that contest, Price threw for 4 TD's and ran for 3 more.
- Huskies defensive star Steve Emtman finished 4th in the 1991 vote.
|Collin Klein - Kansas St.
Collin Klein saw his Heisman
hopes sacked by a
late-season loss to Baylor
|Jordan Lynch - NIU
This Huskie QB led the
nation in rushing most of the
season and led Norther
Illinois to a MAC title and a
berth in the Orange Bowl
|2011 Heisman Voting
Take a look back at last
year's race and see what
the top contenders did to
position themselves for a
trip to New York.
These players refused to
bow down to the dreaded
jinx and won Super
Bowls, won major
awards and some even
made it to the Pro
Footballl Hall of Fame!
|2012 College Football Preseason
Top 10 Ranking (ESPN)
Why we include these rankings: Heisman voters love to
select players that play on top ranked teams. Finalist
aren't selected until after the final week of the season.
- West Virginia
- Florida State
- Michigan State
- South Carolina
|Victory for USC?
If the Trojans soar to the top of the polls, expect USC's
Matt Barkley to be at the top of the 2012 Heisman List.
2012 Heisman Candidate Quarterbacks
Matt Barkley - USC (Sr.): With "unfinished business" at hand, Barkley turned down NFL thoughts and decided to return for this senior
season at USC. During the 2011 season, Barkley completed 69% of his passes and compiled a 161.2 QB rating. Barkley passed for
3,528 yards and threw 39 TD passes vs. just 7 picks. In two of his last 4 games Barkley routed defenses with 6 TD passes.
- Last USC Heisman winner: Matt Leinart 2004
Tajh Boyd- Clemson (Jr.): Through the first eight games of the 2011 season, Boyd was on track for the Heisman Trophy. His
Clemson Tigers were undefeated with huge wins over Auburn, FSU and VA Tech. However the road to a Heisman and national
championship took a detour as the Tigers lost 3 of their last 5 regular season games and Boyd threw 6 picks in a three-game stretch. On
the season, Boyd threw for a very impressive 3,828 yards, 33 TD's and 12 Int's. The Clemson QB also rushed for 218 yards and 5 scores.
- Clemson still seeking first Heisman winner. CJ Spiller recently finished 6th in the 2009 vote.
|Our top Heisman candidates through the regular season
|Johnny "Football" Manziel - Fresh. QB - Texas A&M
Stats through Dec. 1
|Dec 1 Idle:
- Delivered epic performance in tremendous 29-24 upset of top ranked Alabama.
- Has thrown for 453 yards in a game and has rushed for 181 yards rushing in a contest
- Seven games of 250+ yards passing and 6 100+ yards rushing games.
- Three 300+ yard passing games including 453 vs. Arkansas
- Has become th 1st freshman QB in FBS history to throw for 3000 yards and rush for 1000 yards in
- Sets a new SEC single-season total yards record with 4,600 that surpasses the yardage totals
achieved by Cam Newton's 2010 Heisman season.
|Collin Klein - Senior QB - Kansas State
Stats through Dec. 1
|Dec. 1 Update: Led Kansas State to a 42-24 win over Texas and an outright Big 12 title. Klein completed
8 of 14 passes for 184 yards, 1 TD and 1 Int. Klein also gained 103 yards and 2 TDs on 23 carries.
- Directed the Wildcats to a 11-1 regular season and a Big 12 championship.
- Has rushed for 3 TD's twice and 4 TD's once
- Ranks 15th nationally in passing efficiency. Ranked 1st after week 10.
|Braxton Miller - Sophomore QB - Ohio State
Stats through Dec. 1
|Dec. 1 update: Ohio State was idle
- Led the Buckeyes to an 12-0 record
- Had strong passing stats and rushing totals
- Not only does Miller lead the Buckeyes in rushing, but ranked 20th nationally in that category when
his season ended on November 24.
|Jordan Lynch - Junior QB - Northern Illinois
Stats through Dec. 1
|Dec. 31 update: Led NIU to a 44-37 OT win over Kent State in the MAC Conference championship.
Lynch completed 19 of 34 passes for 212 yards, 1 TD and 1 Int. LYnch added 160 yards and 3 TDs on
- Has led NIU to a 12-1 record and MAC championship
- Ranks 1st nationally in rushing yardage and 24th in passing efficiency
- Has rushed for 100+ yards in every game but one.
|Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M
Thanks in part to the stellar
play of "Johnny Football", the
Aggies have emerged as one
of the top teams in the SEC
|Manti Te'o - Senior LB - Notre Dame
Stats through Nov. 24
|Dec 1 update: Notre Dame was idle
- Ranks 2nd nationally with 7 interceptions. Only one of 2 non defensive backs to rank in the top 20
- The leader of the nation's No. 1 scoring defense.
The Irish Linebacker emerged as
a Heisman favorite after leading
the vaunted Notre Dame defense
throughout the 2012 season.
Manti's 7 interceptions ranked
him 2nd nationally in that
|2012 Heisman Finalist
Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M, Collin Klein - Kansas State,
Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
|History in the Making
With the announcement of Johnny Manziel as the 2012 Heisman winner, Manziel becomes the first freshman to win college football's top award. The
achievement also marks the second time that a Texas A&M Aggie has won the award.
|2012 Heisman Trophy Voting
Texas A&M - QB
Notre Dame - LB
Kansas State -
USC - WR
Ohio State - QB