Heisman watch 2012: Manti Te'o remains steady as top players fall

Jonathan Daniel

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o didn't hurt his Heisman stock after a victory against Wake Forest, but he was helped by some other candidates losing.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te'o remains at fourth place in ESPN's Heisman Trophy watch following this weekend, and while he is listed as being steady after his six-tackle performance against Wake Forest, he's getting help from other players dropping.

Nobody made any large leaps with their Heisman candidacy going into Week 12, but the two players on last week's two top teams fell.

Top-ranked Heisman candidate Collin Klein saw his stock fall as his former No. 1 Kansas State Wildcats lost, 52-24, to the Baylor Bears on Saturday. Klein threw three interceptions in the loss. Likewise, Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner had 66 rushing yards and no touchdowns as UO fell to Stanford in overtime. Barner was third on ESPN's watch list.

At the third spot as a Heisman candidate, quarterback Johnny Manziel remained steady with 267 yards and three touchdowns thrown in his Week 12 game. Manziel's Texas A&M Aggies cruised to a 47-28 victory against Sam Houston State.

Fellow top-five candidate Braxton Miller of Ohio State had a quiet day as the Buckeyes beat Wisconsin, 21-14.

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