- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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In the real world, the Heisman Trophy will not be awarded to a player from the Pac-12 this year. And that's a bummer if you're a Pac-12 fan.
So let's step out of reality -- for poll purposes -- and into a world where everything is hunky dory in Pac-12 land. In this world, one of the Pac-12 players who made the final cut in the ESPN.com Heisman poll is in New York? But which one? That's for you to decide.
So your Tuesday poll question: Which Pac-12 player deserves to be a Heisman finalist?
Marqise Lee, WR, USC: He finished fourth in the ESPN.com Heisman poll -- picking up a pair of second-place votes. He finished with 112 catches for 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns. Based on the Heisman poll, Lee is the most deserving of the cross-country trek.
Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford: He picked up one third-place vote and a pair of fourth-place votes in the final poll, finishing the regular season (plus Pac-12 championship game) with 1,442 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: He had one fourth-place vote in the final poll. Before the Stanford game, he looked like a lock for a trip to New York. But a couple of rough outings against the Bay Area schools knocked him out of contention.
Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona: He led the nation in rushing and picked up two fifth-place votes in the final poll (one was mine, I'm guessing the other was Ted, but don't know for sure). Expect some preseason Heisman buzz next year.
Other: This could include Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin, or really anyone else who wasn't in the final Heisman poll but you deem worthy of a Big Apple appearance.