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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
ACC Heisman watch: Week 3

By Heather Dinich

I can't lie to you.

Former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson checked in at No. 5 on my top five Heisman candidates I turned in to ESPN.com this week.

That was the only connection to the ACC, sorry.

BUT ...

Virginia Tech's David Wilson is still worth watching as a darkhorse candidate. After a 2-0 start, Wilson is leading the ACC with 150 yards per game and 7.1 yards per carry. He also has three touchdowns, and is third in the ACC in all-purpose yards with 169 per game. He is fifth in the country in rushing -- ahead of South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore. But Lattimore racked up 176 yards against Georgia, while Wilson had 138 and no touchdowns against East Carolina.

With upcoming games against Arkansas State and Marshall, Wilson's numbers should only become more impressive. The rest of the Hokies' offense has to catch up, though. The defense stole the show in the win over the Pirates.

Another possible darkhorse candidate to watch is Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel. He's played in some big games before, but none bigger than Saturday's home game against No. 1 Oklahoma. If Manuel delivers a Heisman-worthy performance, the Seminoles could pull off the upset.

In order for either of them to be seriously considered, they have to win. Big.