In the victory over Washington State, Kenjon Barner almost got 200 yards on the ground, but did have over 200 all-purpose yards for the second time this season. Collectively, Barner has 605 rushing yards for nine touchdowns and 111 yards for an additional touchdown in his first five games this year.
DeAnthony Thomas’ numbers haven’t been as impressive as Barner’s, so right now, would you have the other running back on your Heisman ballot?
Brian: For right now, this race is entirely led by West Virginia’s Geno Smith. Until he doesn’t produce like he has this entire season, no one else can overtake his spot. Regardless of how bad the defenses are that he’s faced, completing 83 percent of 169 total passes, 1,728 total yards, and 20 touchdowns to no interceptions is impressive. Enough that no one can overcome his lead at this point.
Mike: I think that Barner needs to be in the discussion because of how the Ducks use him in the running and passing game. The Ducks have a dangerous offense to begin with but having both Barner and DeAnthony Thomas on the field at the same time potentially just gives Oregon that much more of an advantage.
Ricky: Heisman candidate? No. Important key for the Ducks this season? Yes. The only reason Barner is not on my Heisman candidate is because of Geno Smith. To me, Smith will be the Heisman winner this year. However, Barner will be an amazing player for the Ducks this season. Like I mentioned in what we learned against Washington State, the rushing attack should be a key part of the Oregon offense in 2012.
Raymond: If Barner keeps his numbers up then he would have to be considered in the running for Heisman. I don’t think he can win it though – I still have Smith at the top of the list.
The Autzen Zoo staff includes lead editor Brian Spaen along with staff writers Joe Soriano, Mike Vamosi, Raymond Mencke, Jr., and Ricky Widmer.