The 2012 Heisman Trophy Watch List

The 2012 Heisman Trophy Watch List has been released by

The prestigious 18-player list gives football fans the first glimpse at a great crop of Heisman contenders for the coming season. will consider other players for the 2012 Heisman Trophy Watch List and will also delete players as the season progresses.

The Heisman Trophy, presented annually since 1935, is the most prestigious award in sports.  It is named after famed college football coach John W. Heisman.

The 2012 winner will be announced in New York on Saturday, Dec. 8.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy Watch List (in alphabetical order)

Tavon Austin, Sr., AP, West Virginia

Montee Ball, Sr., RB, Wisconsin

Matt Barkley, Sr., QB, USC

Tajh Boyd, Jr., QB, Clemson

Tyler Bray, Jr., QB, Tennessee

Knile Davis, Jr., RB, Arkansas

James Franklin, Jr., QB, Missouri

Landry Jones, Sr., QB, Oklahoma

Collin Klein, Sr., QB, Kansas State

Marcus Lattimore, Jr., RB, South Carolina

Aaron Murray, Jr., QB, Georgia

Keith Price, Jr., QB, Washington

Denard Robinson, Sr., QB, Michigan

Geno Smith, Sr., QB, West Virginia

De’Anthony Thomas, So., RB, Oregon

Sammy Watkins, So, WR, Clemson

Tyler Wilson, Sr., QB, Arkansas

Cierre Wood, Sr., RB, Notre Dame

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45 Responses to The 2012 Heisman Trophy Watch List

  1. Alex May 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    i understand its unlikely for the notre dame qb (whoever it ends up being) to win it this year…but it seems due to the love that notre dame gets should make that position and automatic slot on the list every year. a great season with the irish into the top ten ends up a no brainer heisman finalist for whoever pilots them.

  2. Alex May 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    i understand its unlikely for the notre dame qb (whoever it ends up being) to win it this year…but it seems due to the love that notre dame gets from the writers should make that position and automatic slot on the list every year. a great season with the irish into the top ten ends up a no brainer heisman finalist for whoever pilots them.

    • Ian July 14, 2012 at 10:14 am #

      alex thats stupid just because he a ND qb does not make him a finalist because he i definetly not one of the best players in college football

  3. HP May 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Alex, i tend to agree. But a Watch List generally gives us ideas on who to watch based on past performance. The problem with the ND QB spot is: who will it be? We think it might be Golson, but maybe it won’t be.

    • Doug May 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      ND – over-rated.

  4. garrett May 2, 2012 at 2:44 am #

    Alex you sir are an idiot. Why should a notre dame qb automatically be a heisman finalist if he pilots them to the top ten??? It takes a good team to get to top 10 not just a qb. The heisman should go to THE BEST PLAYER in college football. I would watch out for sammy watkins, deanthony thomas, and especially Kieth Price. I know Price sounds like a darkhorse heisman but he was hurt all last year and still was arguably the best qb in the pac 12, that’s including barkley and luck. Look at his performance in the alamo bowl. The kid looked just as talented as RG3 and he was only a sophomore. If he played for Notre Dame/ alabama/ lsu you would be all over him but because he plays for Washington the kid gets media attention or respect. Lets stop making the heisman a popularity contest.

    • Blake May 2, 2012 at 11:31 am #


      I like how you call someone an idiot, then claim there was a better QB in the Pac 12 last year besides Luck.

      I mean, seriously…hahahahahaha. I’m still laughing at your dumb ass.

      • garrett May 4, 2012 at 3:12 am #

        blake – I said “arguably” the best qb in the pac 12. Price and Luck had similar stats but luck has one of the best teams and offensive lines in football and has started for years. Price did it limping almost every play on bad knees and ankles most of the season, with a sub par offensive line and a defense that couldn’t get off the field. I’m not saying price is a better nfl prospect but the kid is extremely talented, way too under hyped by ESPN, and could make a run at the heisman if Washington can develop around him.

        • Ian July 14, 2012 at 10:06 am #

          I don’t get why nobody Mentions Denard Robinson he is the best qb out there

          • Ryan July 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

            You honestly believe Denard Robinson is best QB out there??? He has one of the worst arms in college football and gets completely shut down running and throwing the ball when he plays against a good defensive team.

          • Jack July 22, 2012 at 5:22 am #

            Denard robinson is not the best QB out there…the best QB out there is Geno Smith from WVU.

    • pnwhog May 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

      I went to the Washington spring game and the offense was horrible. The defense won the game 36-10. Price was 14 for 28 with 168 yards passing. He also had an obvious limp while walking on the feild. Looks like the knees could still be an issue for him and he looked completely out of synch with all of the receivers. Either the defense is going to be really good up here or the offense is going to be terrible. Also, I don’t see Washington winning enough games for Price to be in the conversation even if he has a tremendous year. There are at least 3 games the Huskies play that where they will be extremely lucky to get out with a W.

      • Doug May 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

        Yup on Price. He’s awfully good, BUT he’ll need a stallwart defence to give him some wins. And he’ll need wins to get looked at.

    • Ian July 14, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      I agree garrett it shouldn’t be a popularity contest but i think you should replace Keith Price with Denard Robinson D Rob is the one to watch out for

  5. PLW May 2, 2012 at 5:29 am #

    There sure are a lot of mediocre QBs on this list.

  6. skandrewj62j May 2, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Alex, Let’s throw a defender on this list. It’s all just for fun anyways, right?

  7. Andrew May 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    No Honey Badger? Figured he’d make the list, especially since he’ll get more playing time next season. I’d put GT’s Washington on this list instead of Robinson. Eddie Lacy might make some noise too if the other SEC RBs under-perform. My top 4 prediction at the ens of the year is Barkley(winner), Knile Davis(second place), Keith Price(third place), and Tyler Wilson(fourth place). Two Arkansas players might be a little high since they’ll challenge each other for playing time but I think they’ll probably get it done.

    • shaun May 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

      i agree with this, only i have knile davis winning it all. NICE picks though

      • Ian July 14, 2012 at 10:16 am #

        shaun i have denard robinson winning it all

  8. Alex May 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    im not a notre damer by any means, but my point was on a website like this (where popularity IS taken into account, because HP is trying to predict who will win, not who deserves it) it seems like certain positions like QB at ND/USC will always be a contender due to their built in media advantage.

    p.s im tired so im sure there are a few schools who have the cache of ND/USC with this discussion but my brain is not working right now, so dont jump on me for leaving em out.

  9. bo May 2, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    not a clemson fan but having two guys on list may look good ,but it devides votes between the two

  10. Chad May 4, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    A list without the Honey Badger is incomplete.

  11. Charlie May 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    Tajh Boyd? Seriously? Last year’ games against South Carolina and West Virginia showe he can’t carry the team when playing against tough defenses ir match a high-scoring offense in a fast oaced shootout. And if Boyd can’t produce, neither can Sammy Watkins.

    Speaking of South Carolina, what about Jadaveon Clowney? No love for a beast that, by all accounts, has bulked up and gotten faster? As a freshman he played up to all the hype as the nation’s #1 recruit. Now he’s bigger, better and more experienced.

  12. Drew May 8, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    No Tyrann Mathieu? WTF, he made it to NYC in 2011 but cant make the watch list in 2012?

    • alexl August 26, 2012 at 11:24 am #

      He’s no longer playing football this year.

  13. Will May 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    Keith Price? ba ha ha ha. How many points did he put up against the mighty Oregon defense? Oh yeah, 17. He got sacked 6 times. Price is overrated and UW will be lucky to finish 6-6.

  14. Ben May 12, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Surprised not to see Logan Thomas at VT on this list. At 6’6″, 260 lbs., he runs a 4.55, and showed insane improvement last year, including a 24 of 26 performance against Miami. Multiple ESPN analysts project him to be one of the first draft picks next year.

  15. Bryan July 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Seriously, Sammy Watkins, his arrest alone should keep him off the Pre-season Heisman watch list.

  16. Andrew August 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    What do you think about Burkhead from Nebraska? I’ve heard several analysts say he’s the most complete back in the nation. And he’s pretty much the key to the offense because Martinez, as of last year, could not throw the ball. If Nebraska goes back to an offense geared toward running the ball and Burkhead gets his touches and stays healthy, I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t contend.

  17. VolforLife August 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Tyler Bray is The Best QB in the Sec Go Bray!!!

  18. Katherine August 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    Marcus Lattimore should definitely be a finalist, and deserves to win. Great character off and on the field, and has made a full recovery so we’ll be seeing a lot from his this year.

    • Cash Money August 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

      The best QB on the list is Aaron Murray. He’s hands down the best QB in the SEC and the SEC is all that matters.
      As I watch the preseason NFL games it seems all the “rookies” from the SEC are head and shoulders above everyone else bar none. Matt Stafford got ZERO appreciation by the NCAA analysts but he was a # 1 pick and turned the Lions program around. If they want to play with real men put em in the SEC every week and see how they do. Go DAWGS and Go SEC ( where real men play)

  19. J.D. Hermann September 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    What about Giovanni Bernard of UNC?

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  21. Barry Mack November 23, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Collin Klein is still the front-runner for the heisman. The Baylor game was a poorly prepared offensive line and very little protection. Klein can only be as good as his line. Going into the game, Klein only had three interceptions; by the end of the game six total. RGIII, last year, at the time of his heisman award had six interceptions. RGIII had poor games and still finished with a heisman award. Johnny Football is a one game sensation….although he has impressive stats, he doesn’t fit the complete overall criteria of what makes a heiman candidate special. Collin Klein has earned the heisman.


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