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Big 12 Heisman Watch: Week 2

September, 7, 2010
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It's still going to be tough for a Big 12 player to win the Heisman in 2010, and none made my Week 2 ballot, but here are its five best chances in our weekly checkup:

1) Jerrod Johnson, QB, Texas A&M: A solid debut on Saturday night, albeit against Stephen F. Austin. He completed 28-of-40 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. The stakes remain the same for Johnson: He probably needs 10 wins and to outdo his numbers from 2009. Without both, he can't win the trophy.

2) Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State: Hunter tossed his name into the ring with one of the most impressive halves of football from a running back in recent memory. His 257 yards lead the nation, but Hunter needs to flirt with 2,000 and have Oklahoma State win around nine games to merit serious Heisman buzz. That said, the more games the Cowboys win, the fewer yards Hunter needs to win.

3) DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma: Murray was the one bright spot for Oklahoma, rushing for a career high 218 yards against Utah State on 35 carries. If he continues that production, tops 1,600 yards and Oklahoma wins 10-11 games, he'll be in the conversation.

4) Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: Jones had a terrible debut, completing just 47 percent (17-of-36) of his passes, and threw two interceptions as well as two touchdowns. But playing quarterback for Oklahoma has its perks, and as such, Jones' name recognition nationally is high. If the Sooners run the table, Murray's production slows and Jones throws for over 3,000 yards once again, he'll be in contention. Of course, after Saturday's game, all three of those look like big ifs.

5) Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri: Gabbert's Heisman chances, however slight, can't deal with too many first halves like the first one he played against Illinois. Missouri needs to knock off Nebraska or Oklahoma and win the North and Gabbert needs big time numbers to enter into the race. He finished with a solid game, completing 34-of-48 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Here's my ESPN Heisman Watch ballot for week 2:

1) Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State

2) Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State

3) Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

4) Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

5) Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State

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