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Top Five: Candidates for Heisman Trophy

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Clarity is coming to the race for the Heisman Trophy. Here's a look at five to consider:

5. Jarvis Jones (Georgia) » The linebacker had 13 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles, wrecking the offense of No. 2 Florida in a 17-9 victory. Jones leads the nation in tackles for a loss (2.33 per game) and forced fumbles (0.83 per game).

4. Braxton Miller (Ohio State) » He has done a nice impersonation of Tim Tebow for coach Urban Meyer as he ranks second in the nation among quarterbacks in rushing (121.4 ypg). But he is losing ground, dragged down by the inferior level of play in the Big Ten.

3. A.J. McCarron (Alabama) » Call him a game manager, but he leads the nation in passing efficiency (182.4) and has 18 touchdowns and zero interceptions. It's a nice starting point for a Heisman candidate, especially when you quarterback the nation's No. 1 team.

2. Manti Te'o (Notre Dame) » He was brilliant in the Fighting Irish's 30-13 victory at Oklahoma with 11 tackles and his fifth interception, unheard of for a middle linebacker. Navy had so much respect for Te'o that it shifted its best blocker from tackle to center.

1. Collin Klein (Kansas State) » Being a Heisman front-runner is like the Sports Illustrated curse. Ask Matt Barkley, Montee Ball or Geno Smith. But Klein solidified his position in a 55-24 win over dangerous Texas Tech, passing for 233 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 83 yards and a pair of scores.

- Kevin Dunleavy

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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