Kansas State beat Oklahoma State by two touchdowns last week, and Collin Klein put up solid numbers in the first three quarters. So his Heisman Trophy status didn’t take much of a hit, even though he missed the entire fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury.
But he does have a legitimate challenger chasing him now in Oregon’s Kenjon Barner. The running back exploded for 321 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a victory over USC. With nearly 1,300 rushing yards this season, and as the focal point of Oregon’s high-powered offense, he is the first player I’ve seen who has a realistic chance of catching Klein.
Most online Heisman polls, including mine, have him as the current runner-up. And if he continues to perform the way he did in Los Angeles, he will eclipse the 2,000-yard mark. That will get him some attention if Oregon goes undefeated.
I’m still not sure that will be enough for him to pass Klein if K-State wins out, but voters will take a long look at him.