Pac-12 Heisman tracker

November, 27, 2012
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USC wide receiver Marqise Lee slipped this week in the ESPN.com Heisman ballots, dropping from fourth to fifth. It will be interesting to see if he or any of the other Pac-12 players listed get an invite to New York. Here's how the tracker played out this week for the Pac-12 guys.

Marqise Lee, WR, USC
  • Week 13 numbers: Caught five balls for 75 yards.
  • Season numbers: Hauled in 112 catches for 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns.
  • What went well: He was named the Pac-12's offensive player of the year -- and in a conference that is known for its offense, that carries a lot of weight with voters. He'll get all of the wide receiver accolades, and my gut says he gets an invite to New York.
  • Any questions? Failing to reach the end zone for the first time in five weeks hurts -- because a lot of voters were tuned into that game against Notre Dame. There were only three games this season in which Lee was kept without a touchdown and against the Irish, he had his second-lowest catch total of the season (5). Not the greatest last impression.
Others receiving votes

Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
  • Week 13 numbers: Carried 28 times for 198 yards (7.1 average) and two touchdowns.
  • Season numbers: Has 248 carries for 1,624 yards with 21 rushing touchdowns. Has 19 catches for 232 yards and a score.
  • Thoughts: After failing to go for at least 100 yards in back-to-back games, Barner broke out of his mini-slump with a huge performance in the Civil War. Thinking the performance against Stanford -- particularly the 3.1 average -- will stand out in the minds of voters. He deserves a trip to New York. I'd say it's 50-50. But the fact that he's not playing this weekend hurts.
Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
  • Week 13 numbers: Carried 25 times for 172 yards (6.9 average) and a score.
  • Season numbers: Has 275 carries for 1,757 yards with 20 rushing touchdowns. Has caught 33 balls for 288 yards and a score.
  • Thoughts: Maybe we should have noticed Carey sooner. Maybe we got caught up in what Matt Scott was doing. After all, misdirection is a big part of the Arizona offense -- and maybe it worked too well. Folks won't make the same mistake twice and Carey will be on the preseason radar next season.
Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
  • Week 13 numbers: Carried 20 times for 142 yards (7.1 average). Caught three balls for 27 yards.
  • Season numbers: Has 278 carries for 1,364 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. Has caught 32 balls for 215 yards with a pair of scores.
  • Thoughts: Taylor was fantastic against UCLA, posting a season high in yards per carry. He's the kind of back who just does everything right and everything well. Great hands, good blocker. Probably won't get an invite, but deserves to be in the conversation.

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