Collin Klein is seen as the favorite by many, with freshman Johnny Manziel and Kenjon Barner right behind him. However, there are a few more candidates that could give the top three a run for their money,
Manti Te’o might be the best defensive player in the NCAA in 2012. The linebacker has been incredible against the pass. His six interceptions are almost unheard of for a linebacker. His 5.5 tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries also make him a contender for the award.
With Notre Dame looking to complete an undefeated season and reach the national title game, Te’o’s performance to end the season will be critical. If he can help the Fighting Irish beat Wake Forest and USC to close out the season, he has a chance to take home the hardware.
Notre Dame’s final game against the Trojans features another potential candidate that could make some noise in the Heisman race. While USC hasn’t played up to expectations, Marqise Lee has done everything he can to keep his team in the BCS Bowl picture,
The sophomore has been the best wide receiver in college football, leading the way with 1,447 receiving yards. His 98 catches are also the best among his peers. A wide receiver hasn’t taken home the award since Desmond Howard did it for Michigan in 1991, but Lee will get his share of votes.
Recent history shows that Kansas State’s Klein and Texas A&M’s Manziel are the frontrunners. Since 2000, all but two Heisman Trophy winners have been quarterbacks.