- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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As noted last week, Taylor Kelly was on the shortlist for my Heisman ballot because through the first six games, I believed he deserved the recognition -- with the stipulation that it may only last a week. And it did. But Kenjon Barner picked up a few more voters and has risen to third in the ESPN.com poll. Matt Barkley and De'Anthony Thomas continue to receive votes. Here's how the Pac-12 players shake out in the ESPN.com poll.
Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
Week 8 numbers: Carried 16 times for 143 yards (8.9 average) with three touchdowns that included a 71-yard score.
Season numbers: Has carried 132 times for 870 yards (6.6 average) with 12 touchdowns. Has 11 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown.
What went well: While the nation tuned in to see what De'Anthony Thomas was all about, it was Barner who stole the show. His ankle-breaking moves were on full display as he showed burst, elusiveness and hard running.
Any questions? Were enough people watching for him to at least garner some attention on a national scale? He's got a quarterback and a linebacker in front of him in the poll, but it seems like he's getting some more looks.
Others receiving votes
Matt Barkley, USC, QB
Week 8 numbers: Was a sparkling 19-of-20 for 298 yards, 6 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Season numbers: Has completed 140 of 213 passes (65.7) with 22 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
Thoughts: He's not out of it yet. A few more games with some big numbers -- especially on Nov. 3 against the Ducks -- could swing some voters back his way.
De'Anthony Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon
Week 8 numbers: Carried 12 times for 25 yards and no touchdowns. Caught three balls for 4 yards and no touchdowns.
Season numbers: Has 53 carries for 402 yards (7.6 average) and 6 touchdowns. Has caught 23 balls for 209 yards with 3 touchdowns.
Thoughts: He picked up one second-place vote, but the touches just haven't been there. More and more people are starting to throw support to Barner, who at this point is clearly the better candidate.