Pac-12 Heisman tracker
September, 11, 2012
By Kevin Gemmell | ESPN.com
Checking in with our Heisman tracker after Week 2, there were some impressive numbers from our front-runners, and we have a new addition to this list in UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin. Washington quarterback Keith Price dropped off the radar after a rough outing at LSU. But that doesn't mean he'll never come back. Robert Griffin III dropped off the radar for about four weeks last year before surging at the end.
Matt Barkley, USC, quarterback
Matt Barkley, USC, quarterback
- Week 2 numbers: Completed 23 of 30 passes for 187 yards with six touchdowns and an interception.
- Season numbers: 46-of-68 (67.6 percent), 10 touchdowns, 1 interception
- What went well: Six touchdowns in a game is a pretty good start. Barkley now leads the nation in touchdown passes, which is exactly what you'd expect from a Heisman front-runner playing against inferior competition. He also bumped up his completion percentage significantly from 60.5 against Hawaii to 76.7 versus Syracuse.
- Any questions? Barkley can't control the weather (or can he?). The Trojans weren't particularly crisp in this game and Barkley threw for only 187 yards. But as the numbers indicate, he made the most of his completions. Having Robert Woods helps.
- Week 2 numbers: Carried the ball seven times for 102 yards and touchdowns. Caught four balls for 26 yards.
- Season numbers: 10 carries for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Eight catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
- What went well: For starters -- his 39-yard and 51-yard touchdown runs were awfully impressive. Credit to Marcus Mariota for waiting until the last possible minute to pitch to Thomas on the 39-yard option. And the 51-yarder was vintage Thomas (I think he's earned vintage status). Right up the gut, bounced off a player and hit top speed all over again. Nothing but highlights from this guy.
- Any questions? He might not have been the best running back in the game. Teammate Kenjon Barner plowed for 201 yards on 34 carries with three touchdowns. That's going to be a major storyline in the Thomas for Heisman campaign, how much does Barner steal the show?
- Week 2 numbers: Had 26 carries for 217 yards. He also caught three balls for 59 yards and a touchdown.
- Season numbers: 41 carries for 431 yards and three touchdowns. Four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown.
- What went well: Franklin refused to be tackled. He was explosive when he had to be and physical when he had to be. He went around tackles and he went through tackles. After two weeks, he's the nation's rushing leader, averaging a robust 10.5 yards per carry.
- Any questions? Can he keep it up? Expect another big game against a porous Houston rush defense, but then it's on to Oregon State, which yielded just 35 yards to Wisconsin. The Bruins have quickly taken to new head coach Jim Mora and new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone and they put up big numbers against a quality Nebraska team. At least for now, Franklin and the Bruins have to overcome the "are they for real?" stigma.
8:18 1st Qtr Nebraska 10 24 USC 7 Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State