Ball, Robinson on ESPN's Heisman Watch

August, 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



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