Heisman Watch 2012: Our Ballot After Week 11 Has a New Man(ziel) on Top

Mike Zarrilli

We submit our Heisman ballot after the action of Week 11

1) Johnny Manziel: QB, Texas A&M (Last Week: 3rd)

To be number one, you need to beat number one, and that's what Texas A&M's fantastic freshman did on Saturday. Johnny Football was sensational beating the reigning national champions and soon-to-be former top ranked Alabama, completing 24 of his 31 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, and led the Aggies with 92 yards rushing, all without a turnover. If this kid keeps it up, Archie Griffin may have company as a multiple Heisman winner.

2) Collin Klein: QB, Kansas State (Last Week: 1st)

Our leader for the past few weeks had another quiet night as he's still recovering from injury, but he still led the Wildcats to another win and a likely spot as the new No. 1 team. He was just 12 of 21 for 145 yards and an interception without a touchdown pass, but he did add two rushing scores.

3) Marqise Lee: WR, USC (Last Week: Unranked)

He just missed our top five last week, and he kicked down the door (and the Sun Devils) with another sensational performance. He caught 10 passes for 161 yards and added 66 yards rushing in Saturday's win, and nearly outgained the entire ASU offense (250 to 227). Over the last four weeks, he has 44 catches for 766 yards and six touchdowns. He's clearly the nation's best receiver, and probably the best pure playmaker. If USC was not a three loss team, he'd top this list

4): Manti Te'o (Last Week: Unranked)

Here you go, Tim. It's wasn't an eye popping statistical game—five tackles and a garbage time interception—but the nation's premier defender continues to lead the Fighting Irish into the BCS national title conversation.

5) Braxton Miller: QB, Ohio State (Last Week, No. 5)

Miller was idle this week for the 10-0 Buckeyes. The super soph entered the weekend as the nation's eighth leading rusher with 1,163 yards and 14 rushing scores. He's developed into an effective passer with a nice 14-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Darkhorse Spotlight: Colby Cameron - QB, Louisiana Tech

Find an interception thrown by Cameron this year. Go ahead. I'll wait. Yep, there's none to be found, and that's not for a lack of attempts. He entered the weekend with the 10th most passes in the nation, and added 45 more in Saturday's wild 62-55 win over Texas State. With those, he completed 31 for 337 yards and three more touchdowns. On the year, he's thrown for 3,283 yards, 27 touchdowns and not a single interception for the 9-1 Bulldogs, who will now be moving up into the Top 20.

Dropped out: Kenjon Barner (2nd), A.J. McCarron (4th)

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