Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Pac-12 Heisman tracker
By Kevin Gemmell
Not a great week for those on the Pac-12 Heisman tracker. Not that De'Anthony Thomas did anything to really hurt himself, though he still dropped to fourth in the ESPN experts' poll. At least one guy (cough, cough) still voted him first and stands by his vote. USC quarterback Matt Barkley dropped to seventh. Here's how it shakes out.
De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon, WR/RB
Matt Barkley, USC, QB
- Week 4 numbers: 12 carries for 48 yards with no touchdowns. Two catches for 11 yards with no touchdowns. He returned one punt for 38 yards.
- Season numbers: 25 carries for 276 yards and four touchdowns. Thirteen catches for 165 yards and three touchdowns. He has eight punt returns for 131 yards (16.4 average).
- What went well: The Ducks won in impressive fashion against a ranked team. As a result the Ducks are ranked No.2 and very much in the national championship picture. That's always helpful during a Heisman run. But it was the defense that stole the show in dropping the donut on the Wildcats.
- Any questions? Zero touchdowns hurts. That's the first thing Heisman voters look for. There was also a lot of national focus on him this week and the lack of statistical production is clearly reflected in the ESPN.com poll.
Others receiving votes:
- Week 4 numbers: Completed 22 of 34 passes for 192 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
- Season numbers: Has completed 88 of 143 passes (61.5 percent) for 1,005 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions.
- What went well: The Trojans won, which keeps them and Barkley in the national picture. He bounced back after the horrific showing against Stanford and completed 64.7 percent of his passes.
- Any questions? This is back-to-back games that Barkley has thrown two interceptions, and the fact that he has sunk all the way to No. 7 in the Heisman poll is pretty much an indication that people don't think he'll bounce back from this rough stretch.
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, RB
Marqise Lee, USC, WR
- Week 4 numbers: 12 carries, 45 yards, zero touchdowns. One reception for 11 yards, zero touchdowns.
- Season numbers: 78 carries for 586 yards, three touchdowns. Nine catches for 132 yards, one touchdown.
- Thoughts: Franklin has now gone three straight games without a rushing touchdown. He had the yards to fall back on, but those weren't there against a stiff OSU defense. Going to take some monster games to get him back in the field.
Stepfan Taylor, Stanford, RB
- Week 4 numbers: 11 catches, 94 yards, 2 touchdowns.
- Season numbers: 40 catches, 457 yards, six touchdowns.
- Thoughts: Lee has been the most consistent offensive player for the Trojans. Not out the realm of possibility to see him eventually overtake Barkley.
- Week 4 numbers: Bye week.
- Season numbers: 67 carries for 338 yards and three touchdowns. Ten catches for 89 yards and a touchdown.
- Thoughts: He's not the flashiest back, but he's consistent. Three straight games with a rushing touchdown -- and he was the marquee player in a signature win over a highly ranked team. Slowly but surely, Taylor could climb the Heisman ladder.