Top Five: Heisman Trophy candidates in 2012

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With West Virginia losing 49-14 to Texas Tech, Heisman Trophy front-runner Geno Smith took a huge hit. But how far did he fall?

5. LB Manti Te'o (Notre Dame) » A defensive player hasn't won the award since Charles Woodson in 1997, but Te'o has fueled a Fighting Irish defense that has allowed an average of 7.3 points against three ranked teams.

4. RB De'Anthony Thomas (Oregon) » The sophomore playmaker for the No. 2 Ducks has averaged 9.2 yards per rush and has scored six touchdowns on the ground while also catching 20 passes for 205 yards and three scores. He also has averaged 15 yards per punt return.

3. QB Geno Smith (West Virginia) ?» The Mountaineers' offense may have sputtered Saturday, but Smith still has not thrown an interception all year, and his numbers are unmatched (2,271 yards, 75.3 completion percentage, 25 touchdowns).

2. QB Collin Klein (Kansas State) ?» The senior has led the Wildcats to a surprising 6-0 start. He has thrown for 1,074 yards and seven touchdowns and run for another 510 yards and 10 scores. In an early season upset of Oklahoma, Klein had 228 yards of total offense and the go-ahead touchdown. The quarterback who wins Saturday's Kansas State-West Virginia matchup in Morgantown could move to the top of this list.

1. QB Braxton Miller (Ohio State) ?» No dual-threat quarterback has been better. He has thrown for 1,271 yards and 11 touchdowns for the undefeated Buckeyes, and he has been more impressive as a runner. In five of seven games he has rushed for at least 136 yards. He has nine rushing touchdowns and is sixth in the country with 912 yards.

- Jeffrey Tomik

jtomik@washingtonexaminer.com

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