Big 12 Heisman Trophy dark horses

August, 17, 2012
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Colleague KC Joyner made his list of dark-horse Heisman Trophy candidates , including two from the Big 12.

Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle is the top candidate from the Big 12 outside the usual suspects (Geno Smith, Landry Jones, Collin Klein).

I couldn't agree more. Joyner liked Randle's penchant for maximizing his touches and turning them into points. He needed just 208 carries last year to rack up 24 rushing scores, and he's the league's only returning back with 1,000 yards or 20 scores, with apologies to Klein, a QB.

Joyner admits the Cowboys' offense won't be as dangerous, but it'll still be great, and Randle should be a big reason why.

The other Big 12 candidate? I'm not so sure about this one.

Joyner pegs Texas CB Carrington Byndom as the next-best dark horse.

Byndom might end this season as the league's best defender, but it's hard to see a cornerback who doesn't also contribute on special teams getting any real consideration for the Heisman. Yes, he might be the Longhorns' top overall talent (though, Kenny Vaccaro, Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat might disagree), but I'd lean more toward up-and-comer Malcolm Brown.

The most likely scenario is carries are split so much between Brown, Johnathan Gray and Joe Bergeron that nobody emerges with any real Heisman hype, but Brown seems the most likely of the trio.

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