Tracking the Heisman Trophy contenders

The leading candidates for college football’s top individual award:

Geno Smith

West Virginia QB

This week: 45 of 51, 656 yards, 8 TDs, 0 INTs vs. Baylor.

Season: 96 of 118, 1,072 yards, 12 TDs, 0 INTs.


Comment: Smith, who also rushed for 31 yards, helped the Mountaineers amass a school-record 807 yards.

EJ Manuel

Florida State QB

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This week: 19 of 26, 242 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs vs. South Florida.

Season: 88 of 120, 1,147 yards, 9 TDs, 1 INT; 34 carries, 197 yards.

Comment: Manuel submitted modest numbers, but the Seminoles remained unbeaten.

Collin Klein

Kansas State QB

This week: Did not play.


Season: 56 of 80, 758 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs; 63 carries, 289 yards, 5 TDs.

Comment: The Wildcats’ win over then-No. 6 Oklahoma last week pushed them to No. 7, their highest ranking since 2003.

De’Anthony Thomas

Oregon RB

This week: Played Washington State (late).

Season: 25 carries, 276 yards, 4 TDs; 13 catches, 165 yards, 3 TDs.

Comment: Thomas also entered the game with eight punt returns for 131 yards.