Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Geno Smith new No. 1 in Heisman Watch
By David Ubben
For now, let's make it official: Geno Smith is the new Heisman frontrunner.
In our weekly ESPN Heisman Watch, Smith collected 12 of the 15 first-place votes, including mine.
That gave him a 22-point lead over second-place finisher De'Anthony Thomas, the Oregon running back.
Here's what we wrote about Smith in the Heisman Watch blurb:
Smith kept himself in the Heisman race, finishing with five touchdowns and 411 yards on 34-of-39 passing in a 42-12 win over James Madison. He passed Marc Bulger to earn the school's all-time passing mark, and through two games, he's thrown nine touchdown passes and nine incompletions.
Not bad, not bad at all.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was the only other Big 12 player to receive votes. He grabbed one second-place vote, three fourth-place votes (including mine) and three fifth-place votes. That put him in sixth place, one of only six players to receive double-digit points and just one point behind Matt Barkley.