- Kevin Gemmell, College Football
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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.
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.