Heisman Watch: Candidates for college football’s top individual honor

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

Geno Smith

West Virginia QB

This week: 269 yards passing, 4 TDs.

Season: 166 of 204, 1,997 yards, 24 TDs, 0 INTs; 1 rushing TD.


Comment: Tough to improve on 8-TD day against Baylor, but Mountaineers needed Smith’s 4 scores to survive Texas.

EJ Manuel

Florida State QB

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This week: 218 yards passing, 1 TD, 1 INT.

Season: 105 of 149, 1,365 yards, 10 TDs, 2 INT; 1 rush TD.

Comment: Mediocre

performance couldn't keep


Seminoles from being upset by North Carolina State.

Collin Klein

Kansas State QB

This week: 129 yards passing, 2 TDs; 116 yards rushing, 2 TDs.

Season: 887 yards passing, 405 yards rushing, 14 total TDs.

Comment: His four-TD effort sparked Wildcats in blowout of rival Kansas.

De’Anthony Thomas

Oregon RB

This week: vs. Washington (late).


Season: 31 carries for 302 yards, 5 TDs; 193 yards receiving, 3 TDs.

Comment: Thomas is coming off a season-low 54 total yards, but he’s still averaging 9.7 yards per carry.