Pac-12 Heisman tracker: Week 8

October, 16, 2012
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Another week for the Pac-12 Heisman tracker, another week that Pac-12 players slip farther and farther behind the pack. After returning briefly to the top five, USC quarterback Matt Barkley is once again relegated to the "others receiving votes" category. Only Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas remains in the top five. Interestingly enough, he received five total votes -- each ranging from first through fifth. Go figure?

De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon, WR/RB
  • Week 7 numbers: Bye week.
  • Season numbers: 41 carries for 377 yards (9.2 average) with six touchdowns; 20 catches for 205 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Thoughts: Another big chance for him to make a big splash in front of a national audience Thursday against Arizona State. Anyone else getting a sneaking suspicion that the folks in Eugene don't really care about the Heisman?
Others receiving votes

Kenjon Barner, Oregon, RB
  • Week 7 numbers: Bye week
  • Season numbers: Has 727 yards on 116 attempts (6.3 average) with nine rushing touchdowns. Has also caught 11 balls for 111 yards and a score.
  • Thoughts: (See Thomas).
Matt Barkley, USC, QB
  • Week 7 numbers: Completed 10 of 20 passes for 167 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
  • Season numbers: Has completed 121 of 193 passes (62.9 completion percentage) for 1,475 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions.
  • Thoughts: It's nice that some folks are still voting for him (full disclosure, I haven't in a few weeks) so he's at least staying in the loop. But even with a strong performance on Nov. 3, it's going to take a lot for him to again be relevant in the conversation.
Taylor Kelly, ASU, QB
  • Week 7 numbers: Completed 20 of 28 passes for 308 yards and a career-high five touchdowns.
  • Season numbers: Has completed 112 of 164 balls (68.3 completion percentage) for 1,600 yards with 14 touchdowns to just two interceptions.
  • Thoughts: As previously noted, I added Kelly to my ballot this week. Maybe it will only be for this one week. Maybe he'll blow up against the Ducks and others will start to take notice. Either way, he deserves the recognition. He's thrown 11 touchdowns with zero interceptions in the past three weeks (including back-to-back road games) and has completed at least 70 percent of his throws in four of six games. Credit is deserved, so credit is being given.

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