- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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If you hadn't heard the news by now, no Pac-12 player was selected as a Heisman finalist. Sure, it's a big deal if you are into "official" ballots and "actual" awards.
But we at the Pac-12 blog prefer to lend more weight to things that matter -- like the ESPN.com Heisman poll. Well, actually, it wasn't great for the Pac-12 in the final poll, either. Oh well, maybe in 2013.
Here's a snapshot of the Pac-12 players who ended up in the final Heisman tracker of the 2012 season. Marqise Lee finished fourth while Stepfan Taylor, Kenjon Barner and Ka'Deem Carey fell in the others receiving votes category.
Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Season numbers: Hauled in 112 catches for 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns. Also returned 28 kicks for 802 yards with a touchdown.
Thoughts: A shame he's not going to New York. Clearly one of the most outstanding football players in the nation. Enjoy the Biletnikoff -- you earned it.
Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
Season numbers: Finished the regular season with 1,442 yards on 302 carries with 12 rushing touchdowns. Added 38 receptions for 270 yards and two touchdowns.
Thoughts: Leaves Stanford as its all-time leading rusher. An amazing achievement for one of the most complete backs in the country. Hands, blocking, vision, balance -- he's going to make some NFL coach very happy. He's an instant plug-and-play into any NFL West Coast offense.
Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
Season numbers: Finishes the regular season with 248 carries for 1,624 yards with 21 rushing touchdowns. Added 19 catches for 232 yards and a score.
Thoughts: Anyone still wondering if he can replace LaMichael James?
Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
Season numbers: Finishes the regular season as the nation's rushing champ (146.4 yards per game) with 275 carries for 1,757 yards with 20 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 33 passes for 288 yards and a score.
Thoughts: The buzz for 2012 started too late. The buzz for 2013 can start against Nevada. One of the more intriguing matchups here: Carey is No. 1 in rushing, and Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson is No. 2 in yards per game.
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