I am hosting the Bloguin Heisman Poll again this year over on Crystal Ball Run. Pete and I both have votes and here is how we voted this week:
Is Clowney worth of Heisman consideration?
#1 Geno Smith, West Virginia (QB): With the win in Austin, Geno Smith crossed a huge “legitimacy” threshold. He led his team into the crucible of the Big XII and came out with a victory. He came, he saw, he conquered.
#2 Collin Klein, Kansas State (QB): Klein is benefiting from both a year in which there are few standout Heisman candidates and the “Cindarellaness” of K State’s season. Here’s hoping the story ends with a trip to New York in early December.
#3 De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon (QB): Had a touchdown on 75 rushing yards, coupled with 12 receiving yards and 35 return yards last week; perhaps not stunning stats for a would-be Heisman winner, but the expectation of his ability is that a 300-yard, three touchdown game is lying in wait.
#1 Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (DE): Clowney's performance last week against Georgia showed that he is without a doubt the most dynamic defensive player in the Nation. In a year where offensive players aren't really making their mark it only makes sense for a dominant defensive player to be strongly considered for the Heisman.
#2 Geno Smith, West Virginia (QB): So far this season, Geno has been the best offensive player by a pretty wide margin. Of course, last year RGIII was not even in the top three at this point in the season so there is still a lot of football to be played.
#3 Manti T'eo, Notre Dame (LB): T'eo is the best player on Notre Dame and the Irish have made huge improvements over last season. Without T'eo, the Irish simply are not the same team.
To see the entire Bloguin Heisman Poll for week six head on over to the feature article that I wrote on Crystal Ball Run.