After a Freshman All-American season and a dynamic performance in the Rose Bowl, De’Anthony Thomas continues to make waves in college football in the offseason already. He is a budding superstar, and the Heisman Pundit has released a 2012 Heisman Watch with Thomas at fifth place on their list. Oregon Ducks nemesis Matt Barkley tops the list after making the surprise decision to stay in school, while fellow Rose Bowl star Montee Ball is third. Their top ten is after the jump, and you can view explanations of their rankings and the full top 15 on their site here.
1. Matt Barkley
2. Denard Robinson
3. Montee Ball
4. Geno Smith
5. De’Anthony Thomas
6. Landry Jones
7. Tajh Boyd
8. Sammy Watkins
9. Knile Davis
10. Marcus Lattimore
Landry Jones is another quarterback who decided to keep playing college ball, when he should have been preparing for the NFL Draft. This guy is ready. Clemson’s star duo is in the thick of the Heisman race, and Sammy Watkins is one of the elite- if not the best- receiver in college football with the departures of Justin Blackmon and Ryan Broyles. Davis and Lattimore are two backs at the bottom who are looking to bounce back from injuries, and they have the talent to run over any defense when healthy.
It’s great to see pundits already placing De’Anthony Thomas in the top five in a Heisman watch over talented stars such as Lattimore, Jones, and Watkins. One fact that helps him out is that Heisman voters love dynamic playmakers like Thomas. He averaged about 12 yards per play from scrimmage last season, and he had two touchdown returns. He is a dual threat who also makes plays on special teams, and Ducks fans aren’t the only ones who are expecting greatness from him. Thomas is a threat to score every time he touches the ball, and Wisconsin figured out that it’s not hyperbole when applying this truism to Thomas. With more touches in line in his sophomore season due to LaMichael James’s departure and experience, there’s no telling what an improving Thomas can do next year. After all, he averaged 11.9 yards per touch as a freshman.
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