JARVIS JONES, lb, Georgia — If Te'o makes the list, no reason for Jones not to. He was thoroughly dominant against Missouri and as a pass rusher he'll have be able to toss around those sack stats, which are far more appealing than plain old tackles. The All-American has 4.5 sacks in three games. Key games: at South Carolina, Oct. 6; vs. Florida, Oct. 27.
AJ McCARRON, qb, Alabama — McCarron won't be able to compete with guys like Manuel and Smith when it comes to sheer numbers, though the fourth-best passer rating in the country and 10 touchdown passes through four games is nothing to scoff at. Alabama's offense isn't built that way and the Tide look so good right now, who knows how many more fourth quarters McCarron will spend mostly watching from the sideline. Still, he's more than just a game-manager. Key games: at LSU, Nov. 3; possibly the SEC championship, Dec. 1.
COLLIN KLEIN, qb, Kansas State — His passes aren't pretty and his runs aren't flashy, but Optimus Klein is really tough to stop. A humble but tenacious wrecking-ball of a quarterback, he's got just enough Tebow in him to make him a voter favorite. Key games: at West Virginia, Oct. 20; vs. Texas, Dec. 1.
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