Te'o rising, but passers continue to dominate 2012 Heisman Watch
Are we in for a Heisman repeat?
During Saturday's telecast of LSU-Florida, CBS' Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist discussed whether a non-quarterback could win the Heisman Trophy this season. Not only does it look like a passer will capture the award for the 11th time in 12 years, it looks like a non-passer will struggle to even reach New York. We've seen two all-quarterback finals during that 12-year span, with Eric Crouch, Ken Dorsey, Rex Grossman and Joey Harrington earning spots in 2001 and Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow in '08.
Some intriguing candidates could stop that from happening this year, but the most promising player looks to be Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.
As the poster boy for the Fighting Irish's revival, Te'o is gaining steam and could find himself at the ceremony come December. The next three weeks will prove crucial, as the Irish face No. 17 Stanford and No. 13 Oklahoma. If Te'o continues to dominate in those matchups, he could break up the QB party; otherwise, it's going to look a lot like 2008.
Now, on to this week's rankings, where Florida State's E.J. Manuel and Georgia's Aaron Murray tumble after upsets and Florida's Mike Gillislee and Oregon's Kenjon Barner join the race. As a refresher,