Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins and USC running back Marcus Lattimore are among 18 players HeismanPundit has listed as preseason Heisman Trophy candidates. The site is not affiliated with the New York Downtown Athletic Club that awards the Heisman each year.
Clemson, Arkansas and West Virginia are the only schools with two players on the list, and Watkins is one of only two sophomores on the list. Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas is the other.
Clemson has never produced a Heisman trophy winner. USC has produced one, George Rogers in 1980. Lattimore is coming off major knee surgery that cost him the second half of last season. He plans to start cutting this week and is expected to be back at full strength by the start of preseason camp in August.
Kornblut and K-Mac are both Heisman voters.
2012 Heismanpundit.com Heisman Trophy Watch List
Name Yr. Pos School
- Tavon Austin Sr. AP West Virginia
- Montee Ball Sr. RB Wisconsin
- Matt Barkley Sr. QB Southern California
- 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