Updated: December 3, 2012, 3:53 PM ET
ESPN Experts' Poll
Dec. 3, 2012
|Johnny Manziel||QB||Texas A&M||Fr.||11||2||2||0||0||69|
|Manti Te'o||LB||Notre Dame||Sr.||4||8||1||1||0||57|
|Collin Klein||QB||Kansas State||Sr.||0||3||8||3||0||42|
|Braxton Miller||QB||Ohio State||So.||0||0||0||5||5||15|
|Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia||Sr.||0||0||0||0||2||2|
|Jadeveon Clowney||DE||South Carolina||So.||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Jordan Lynch||QB||Northern Illinois||Jr.||0||0||0||0||1||1|
ESPN experts: Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Brian Bennett, Rece Davis, Heather Dinich, Matt Fortuna, Kevin Gemmell, Travis Haney, Chris Low, Ivan Maisel, Ted Miller, Dari Nowkhah, Adam Rittenberg, Mark Schlabach and David Ubben
Tracking the Candidates
Dec. 3, 2012
Manziel eclipsed Cam Newton's single-season SEC record for total offense and was unanimously voted the SEC Offensive Player of the Year. The Aggies won 10 games in their inaugural SEC season and earned a trip back down Big 12 memory lane with an invitation to play Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4.
LB | Notre Dame
Te'o's seven interceptions are tied for second in the country and he recorded more than 100 tackles for the third straight season. He's been the heart and soul of Notre Dame's defense -- the stingiest unit in the country -- and he'll finish his Notre Dame career in Miami in the Discover BCS National Championship Game.
Klein accounted for three touchdowns in Kansas State's win over Texas to end the regular season 11-1. It was the Wildcats' fifth straight win over the Longhorns and tied their team record for victories in a season. Klein will finish his K-State career against Oregon in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Lee led the country in catches with 112 and set single-season Pac-12 records in both receptions and receiving yards. He added another 802 yards in kick returns and was voted the conference's offensive player of the year. He's a Biletnikoff Award finalist, alongside West Virginia's Stedman Bailey and Baylor's Terrance Williams.
Ohio State completed its 12-0 season with a 26-21 win over Michigan on Nov. 24, but the Buckeyes' season ended there because of a postseason ban. Miller was second in the Big Ten in total offense and accounted for 28 touchdowns (15 passing, 13 rushing).
Recent Heisman Trophy Winners
|2013||Jameis Winston||Florida State|
|2012||Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M|
|2011||Robert Griffin III||Baylor|
|2006||Troy Smith||Ohio State|