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Ball, Robinson on ESPN's Heisman Watch

8/16/2012

ESPN's first 2012 Heisman Watch is out, and two Big Ten players are in the top four of the initial poll.

Wisconsin's Montee Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, checked in at No. 2 behind USC quarterback Matt Barkley. Ball did not get a first place vote but received nine second-place votes from the 15-person voting panel.

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was third, followed by Michigan's Denard Robinson, who received two second-place votes. Robinson is one point behind Smith in the voting.

Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones rounded out the Top 5.

Adam and I both vote in the Heisman Watch every week. Here was my first ballot:

1. Barkley

2. Ball

3. De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

4. Smith

5. Robinson