SEC: Kenjon Barner

SEC Heisman Watch: Week 13

November, 20, 2012
Johnny Football isn't just leading the SEC Heisman vote, he might be leading the nation's vote as well:

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Manziel was his usual Johnny Football self in the blowout win over Sam Houston State. He passed for 267 yards with three touchdowns and an interception and rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Manziel is now the first SEC player, first freshman and fifth NCAA FBS player to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Saturday was his eighth straight game with 300 or more total yards. He also broke the school record for total offense in a season (4,161 yards). But that's not all that propelled him to the top of the Heisman charts. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein tossed three interceptions in the Wildcats' blowout loss to Baylor, and Oregon running back Kenjon Barner rushed for only 66 yards in the Ducks' three-point loss to Stanford. That means it looks like a two-horse race between Manziel and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o for the most coveted award in college football. At this point, there's no point in worrying about Manziel's freshman status. Really, it's a foolish argument because he has been the nation's most exciting player, and age should have no bearing on his Heisman chances.

Tigers make clutch stand

January, 10, 2011
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The goal-line stand was one thing.

Auburn's Nick Fairley and Mike McNeil combined to stop Oregon's Kenjon Barner short of the goal line on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

But it was freshman Demetruce McNeal who might have saved the Tigers. He tripped up Lavasier Tuinei on the tail end of a 43-yard pass that looked like it was going for a touchdown.

Instead, the Ducks were kept off the scoreboard completely.

There's still a quarter to play, but Auburn's defense has done some of its best work of the season tonight.

Now, it comes down to the fourth quarter, and both teams have owned these final 15 minutes this season.