Avinash Kunnath, California Golden Blogs (Cal) & Pacific Takes: Sean Mannion of Oregon State seemed like the obvious winner until Cody Vaz came in and didn't miss a beat at all in Provo. Kinda felt like Mike Riley should get this award as a consequence, but he's almost assured of being Coach of the Year, so he'll get his props. So I'm going to go with Taylor Kelly of ASU, who's completed 68% of his passes and has 14 TDs to two INTs. Sun Devils looked like a 6-6 team at best until Kelly came in and proved he could execute as well as any other Pac-12 signal-caller.
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: I'm big on the Heisman being more of a figurative award than a literal award, favoring players on the best team and seniors so I'm going with Kenjon Barner. He's put up as good of numbers as any back in the conference and has been the Ducks horse as they have blown out every team they have played.
Norcalnick, California Golden Blogs (Cal): No single player has really stood out from the rest, in part because we've barely scratched the surface of conference play. I thought about Will Sutton, Marquise Lee and Jonathan Franklin before settling on De'Anthony Thomas. He only gets about 10 touches per game, but he averages almost 10 yards per touch and a touchdown every 6.5 times he touches the ball. He may not be the most ‘valuable' player for his team (that would probably go to Keenan Allen) but he's the single most talented offensive player in the conference.
Trevor Wong, Conquest Chronicles (USC): De'Anthony Thomas. As the old cliché goes, speed kills. Even when Thomas doesn't have the ball, the mere fact that he's a threat is enough for opposing defenses to think twice. He's scored one touchdown in five of six games, despite averaging just 10 touches per contest. That's crazy.