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Heisman Watch Week 13: Collin Klein makes a final push

Graham Watson
Dr. Saturday

It wasn't so long ago that Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was a shoo-in to win the Heisman. His ability to dominate teams in the running and passing games made him the most formidable dual-threat quarterback in the country and one of the most dynamic players on the field.

But then an injury against Oklahoma State on Nov. 3 changed all that.

Klein started making mistakes, his numbers were down, turnovers were up, and the fateful loss to Baylor, which knocked the Wildcats out of national championship contention, also knocked Klein from his Heisman perch.

But he has one last chance to redeem himself.

Klein is the only Heisman contender playing this weekend and could make the race to the bronze statue interesting with a stellar game against Texas. Currently, many believe the Heisman will come down to Texas A&M redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, but many votes aren't turned in until after this final weekend.

However, things need to change for Klein. He's had more interceptions in the last two games than he had the entire rest of the season. His completion percentages were in the 50s for only the third time this season and his rushing yards are well below average.

Perhaps he needed the bye week to reassess, get healthy and get back on track. But even if Klein has a strong game against the Longhorns, it might be too little, too late.

Here's the rest of Dr. Saturday's Heisman Watch:

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Manziel needed a strong finish to stay atop the Heisman race and he didn't disappoint. In a 59-29 win over Missouri, Manziel completed 32 of 44 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 67 yards and two scores. It was the fitting ending to an outstanding season by the redshirt freshman. The only thing standing between Manziel and the Heisman might be the fact that no freshman has ever won the award.

Stats:

Comp %:
68.3
Yards:
3,419
TD:
24
INT:
8
Rush Yds.:
1,181
TD:
19

Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

Te'o didn't have a great last month of the season statistically — at least not compared to his earlier numbers — but no one can deny that he was the heart and soul of a team that's playing for its first national title since 1988. He finished the season with a school-record seven interceptions and his third 100-tackle season.

Stats:

Tackles:
101
Solo:
46
Sacks:
2
Int:
7

Collin Klein, QB, K-State

Klein is the only Heisman contender in action this weekend, so he has the final chance to push votes in his direction. Klein has struggled mightily since getting injured against Oklahoma State a few weeks ago. He would have to have an outstanding game against Texas, but even if he does, it's going to be tough to unseat Manziel and Te'o.

Stats:

Comp %:
66.7
Yards:
2,306
TD:
14
INT:
6
Rush Yds.:
787
TD:
20

Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Lee didn't get a chance to wow voters during his final game because of the injury to quarterback Matt Barkley, but he was still able to grab five catches for 75 yards against the Irish and at least secure a spot in New York.

Stats:

Catches:
112
Yards:
1,680
TD:
14
KO Returns:
28
Yards:
802
TD:
1

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

Miller led his team to an undefeated regular season, but because of NCAA sanctions, the Buckeyes will have nothing to show for it. Miller had one of his better passing days against Michigan, completing 14 of 18 passes for 189 yards and a score, but a mediocre rushing day. It's those uneven performances that have kept Miller out of the Heisman top spot, but still in the conversation.

Stats:

Comp %:
58.3
Yards:
2,039
TD:
15
INT:
6
Rush Yds.:
1,271
TD:
13

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