Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Big 12 Heisman Watch: Week 2
By David Ubben
Here's how I'd rank the Big 12's best Heisman hopes after one week of games.
1. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: Smith's Heisman campaign got off to a fantastic start. He'll already tack a national player of the week award to his resume after completing 32-of-36 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns in the Mountaineers' 69-34 win over Marshall. He also added 65 yards rushing, including a 28-yard touchdown run. West Virginia was the only team in Week 1 to score 60 points against an FBS opponent, much less one that won a bowl game a year ago.
2. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: Jones' start, meanwhile? Not very good. Still, blame his offensive line for this one. Jones wasn't great, but he was OK in a 24-7 road win over UTEP. He finished 21-of-36 for 222 yards and two touchdowns. The best thing to take away: He didn't have a turnover. The Sooners' opener was ugly, but Jones is still the best player on an undefeated team in the top 10. That's going to earn him at least a look by Heisman voters.
3. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State: Klein had a solid game in the Wildcats' 51-9 win over Missouri State. He threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-28 passing and added 59 yards on 12 carries. Nothing special for Klein, but he's still more important to his team than any player in the Big 12. Look for him to get fewer carries early in the season than he did last year.
4. Tavon Austin, WR/KR/PR, West Virginia: Austin was everywhere for the Mountaineers, even though he had a quiet day on the stat sheet. He caught 10 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown, adding a 70-yard run in the mix, too. He looked dangerous on punt returns, but finished with just 19 yards on three returns. He also returned a kick 35 yards.
Here's how I voted in our ESPN Heisman Watch, a weekly poll of ESPN experts and analysts.
- Matt Barkley, QB, USC
- Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
- Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
- Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State