Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive linesman Barrett Jones (75) blocks during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Alabama won 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Heisman Watch: Alabama center Barrett Jones is on my Week 10 ballot

If you’re looking for a Heisman ballot that isn’t so cookie-cutter in nature and goes against college football groupthink, this is the blog you should be reading. I can’t stand the garbage that some national blogs put out in regard to the Heisman race. I watch the games and I see the players that are making an impact on their team. I avoid groupthink as much as possible…Here is a look at my Week 10 Heisman ballot:

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State – Miller is the greatest player in college football right now. He has been the entire season. Name one sophomore who has gone through a system change that improved his record from 6-7 to 9-0. You can’t. It’s never been done before. Urban Meyer gets this kid for one more year, at the very least, so this could be very dangerous for teams in the Big Ten thinking it has a chance to make it to the Rose Bowl the next two seasons.

Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State – It is not pretty when Klein runs his offense, but it is effective. Kansas State does a great job eating clock, avoiding penalties and turnovers, finding the end zone and winning tough road games. No one expected Kansas State to be undefeated at this point of the season and one has to wonder when exactly with the magic wear off for this team? As long as Klein is behind center, the purple cats have a chance against any opponent. It would be great to see a lowly Big 12 team like Kansas State in the national title game because of the amount of SEC homers in the national media.

Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame – Arguable the greatest leader in the past decade, Te’o continues to guide his team toward the national title game. He’s a surefire candidate to be a top 10 NFL draft pick this coming April and is virtually a lock to get an invitation to the Heisman Trophy presentation in December. He is all-world as a defender and amazing at racking up tackles, but his most surprising stat to date is the fact that he has five interceptions in eight games. He’s averaging over a half interception per game. That’s incredible.

Barrett Jones, C, Alabama – Jones is the centerpiece of one of the most dominant lines in the nation. Not to mention the offensive line is the most important part about Nick Saban’s offense. The Crimson Tide are No. 22 in rushing offense, averaging 214.4 yards per game, 5.2 yards per carry and have netted 331 total rushes for 1,715 total rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. Alabama has no rushers in the top 50 of the nation, so it means that it can plug-and-play its runners behind its offensive line and continue dominating in the ground game. With no clear-cut, standout offensive skills position player running away with the Heisman race this year, Jones has a great shot of being invited to New York for the trophy presentation.

Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State – Who? Right, I know. I get it. But last week Thomas was named to the Bednarik Award watch list and it’s not by accident. Thomas leads the country in interceptions with seven picks in nine games and has three interceptions returned for touchdowns. He also has a fumble recovery and 98 yards in interception gains. It’s tough to win the Heisman Trophy as a defender without a name like Manti Te’o, but it is possible if he continues to shine on the field. Tuesday the Maxwell Club issued its semifinalists for the Bednarik Award and Thomas’ name was not on that list. This could be great motivation for him to turn the heat up on his play and continue dominating his competition.

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