ACC Football 2012 Heisman Watch: Week Six

Of the ACC’s Heisman Contenders, Tajh Boyd Did the Most to Help Himself This Past Weekend

What appears below is a quasi-realistic (read: crapshoot) view of which ACC players could potentially win the sport’s highest honor, the Heisman trophy. We’re looking at these players with the typical lens — winning team, team’s best player, signature moment and statistical excellence. And while none of the ACC players are putting up Geno Smith‘s video game numbers, all still have some sort of chance to win the award (for now).

1. EJ Manuel, QB/Florida State (1,344 total yards, 10 total TD, 1 INT, 73.3 percent completion) (LW: 1)

Manuel didn’t do anything wrong in the Seminoles’ win over USF this past weekend, but given the astronomical passing figures being put up around the country (and even in his own league), the senior will have to have a few more big statistical games to keep himself in this conversation. He’s obviously the leader of a team that’s in the hunt for both conference and national championships, which keeps him around awhile longer. But if we see another week or two of 240 yards and one touchdown (win or lose), he’ll unfortunately leave the running.

2. Tajh Boyd, QB/Clemson (1,512 total yards, 13 total TD, 3 INT, 69.4 percent completion) (LW: 2)

Boyd’s only real knock thus far is his one loss. Unfortunately, it came against Manuel’s squad, though. So while the Clemson QB’s numbers may be superior, the head-to-head matchup does come into effect here. All other things being equal, I do believe that Boyd has much more staying power due to his team’s high-flying offense and lack of defense (which keeps him in games later). He definitely helped himself out quite a bit with the 400 total yards and four scores he turned in last Saturday.

3. DeAndre Hopkins, WR/Clemson (42 receptions, 604 receiving yards, 6 TD) (LW: 3)

Hopkins has certainly come into his own this season. No one will deny that. And in terms of receivers, he’s obviously one of the best around, and a player whose draft stock has shot through the roof. But it’s always difficult to give a ton of Heisman hype to a player that only plays from the wide receiver position, never impacting the game in another way. He may not have a realistic shot to win, though for the time being, it’s still worth noting his achievements.

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