The Heisman Trophy isn’t won or lost in the third week of the season but a strong and memorable performance will help build up momentum as the season moves forward. Here are our five candidates in our Heisman Watch and how they did in the fourth week of the season.
Buzz: The West Virginia offense found it a difficult go against Maryland Saturday. The Mountaineers had been scoring against opponents at will but couldn’t quite get in sync against the Terrapins. Smith was 30-of-43 for 338 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. He had season lows in completion percentage (69.8), touchdowns (3), quarterback rating (158.8) and rushing yards (-16) but still managed not to throw an interception. On the season, the senior has completed 81 percent of his passes (96 of 118) for 1,072 yards and 12 touchdowns. In fact, Smith hasn’t thrown a pick since Dec. 1, 2011 against USF.
Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan
Buzz: The third time wasn’t the charm for Robinson against Notre Dame Saturday night. The senior, who traditionally has done really well against the Irish, struggled against Notre Dame’s front seven. Robinson had 218 total yards of offense but also threw four first-half interceptions and fumbled the ball as well in a 13-6 loss. He finished the night with a 69.1 quarterback rating as the Wolverines dropped their second game of the season. The four interceptions was a career-high and gives him eight on the year compared to only six touchdown passes.
Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
Buzz: What was supposed to be an easy game, turned into a bit of a nail biter for Ohio State as the Buckeyes survived a 29-15 win over UAB. Miller came into the game as the Big Ten’s leading rusher (125.7 ypg) but struggled to find room to run early on. He finished with a season-low 64 yards on the ground but did find the end zone twice on a 12-yard and 1-yard runs. Miller also was 12-of-20 for 143 yards through the air finishing the game with a 120.1 quarterback rating – again a season low.
De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
Buzz: Scheduled to play No. 22 Arizona Saturday late.
Buzz:While he improved on his performance from last week, Barkley continued to struggle with turnovers. The USC senior tossed two interceptions for the second straight week but the Trojans still pulled off a 27-9 victory over California. Barkley threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns in the win. On the season, he’s thrown for 1,005 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions.
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