Tuesday, October 19, 2004

And the trophy belongs to....?



Is the Heisman Trophy really as significant as it's made out to be? I have to seriously question the true validity of this trophy since it seems like in recent years it has just gone to the player with the best stats. I mean, how in the world did Jason White win it last year when that team didn't even win the National Championship or deserve to be in that game. Getting blasted 35-7 by Kansas State in the Big XII Championship, then losing 21-14 to LSU in the Sugar Bowl. Lets take a look at the previous 10 Heisman Trophy winners:

2003 Jason White Oklahoma QB
2002 Carson Palmer USC QB
2001 Eric Crouch Nebraska QB
2000 Chris Weinke Florida State QB
1999 Ron Dayne Wisconsin RB
1998 Ricky Williams Texas RB
1997 Charles Woodson Michigan DB
1996 Danny Wuerffel Florida QB
1995 Eddie George Ohio State RB
1994 Rashaan Salaam Colorado TB
1993 Charlie Ward Florida State QB

2, maybe 3 players on this list over the past 10 years has lives up the hype. I have been a firm beliver that the Heisman trophy should go to the player who has made the most significant difference with that team. Not by stats, but by play making ability, critical moments, did that player step up? I haven't agreed to a Heisman trophy winner since Woodson won it back in 97.

This year, I have three candidates who I feel are more then deserving, but won't get it for lame reasons. #1, Adrian Peterson RB from Oklahoma - if you haven't seen this kid play, you're missing out. He won't win it because of 1 stupid reason - he's a TRUE FRESHMAN. This kid tore it up against a solid Texas defense, rushing for more than 200 yards. #2 is Reggie Bush RB from USC. All around play maker, great size, speed, will be a true asset to the NFL team lucky enough to draft him. Of course he won't win it because all the attention in USC belongs to Matt Leinart. And finally #3, Antrel Rolle DB from Miami. Talk about stepping up to the plate when a play is needed. If you missed that Miami/Louisville game then you missed one heck of a performance from Rolle. Could have been a 1st round draft choice last year, decided to stay around and win the National Championship (true heart there), just an unbelievable athlete. Of course he won't win it either, he's a DB. Not saying DB's can't win it, but very unlikely.

I tell you what though, if Jason White wins it again this year, I will lose out on all faith of the coveted Heisman Trophy.

Thoughts?

** Posted by Steve

17 Comments:

Blogger RED said...

Dude what about Brock Berlin, the guy stepped it up big time, and shoot nman he has alot on his shoulder's. Can't you throw him in there with the other candidates? I agree though, the stats are what wins it and that is wrong, very wrong. It's almost like a curse, the Heisman. Everyone on that list is a bust pretty much.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Well, Brock has indeed stepped it up over the past 2 games since their rushing attack hasn't been taking the full load. If the Heisman watch was just focused on the past 2 weeks, then yes I would include Brock, but honestly, over the course of the season, he hasn't really stepped up. He's just been the QB in a great offense. That team is so good, it's hard to pick just 1 good player. But if you had to include Brock, then you should also include Gore, who has come back from 2 ACL injuries and has made some huge plays this season.

11:38 AM  
Blogger RED said...

I tell yuo my sleeper is Alex Smith from Utah. The dude is a stud and he is only a junior. If Utah can slpi into the BCS and win a bowl he will be setting himself up for the Heisman for next season.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

That's an excellent candidate, Smith is a BADASS. Unfortunately, if Peterson doesn't win it this year, we could be looking at a 2-time Heisman winner, dude will go #1 in the NFL draft in 3 years.

You know who else is a great athlete, Chris Leak from Florida. Only a sophomore, could be a Heisman candidate next year or his senior year. I also like the QB from Purdue Kyle Orton, he won't win it because he lost against Wisconsin (unfortunately, your record does count during the regular season)

11:58 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

2003 Jason White Oklahoma QB - Look at his stats now that OU has a running game....BUST

2002 Carson Palmer USC QB - Starting QB for the Bengals, strong arm, but after a year on the bench learning the system, BUST

2001 Eric Crouch Nebraska QB - I don't even have to say it

2000 Chris Weinke Florida State QB - Old man made the big time, only to lose his job to Jake..BUST

1999 Ron Dayne Wisconsin RB - Can you say Tiki Barber...BUST

1998 Ricky Williams Texas RB - Started off successful, wanted too much weed, refer to post about Indo...BUST

1997 Charles Woodson Michigan DB - Worked out well in the NFL, keeps it up, possible HOF

1996 Danny Wuerffel Florida QB - Ummmm...say it together now...BUST

1995 Eddie George Ohio State RB - Worked out well for a little while in Tennessee, power runner, horrible yards per carry, but possibly a HOF after 15 years of waiting

1994 Rashaan Salaam Colorado TB - La la lala la lala la BUST
1993 Charlie Ward Florida State QB - Wow, a Heisman trophy award goes to someone who left college to play in the NBA...hmmm, great athelete, but another reason why these idiotic Heisman trophy voters need a shot of reality.

The more I went through this list, the more I hate the idea of the Heisman Trophy

3:55 PM  
Blogger RED said...

If you look at the Heisman winners in the 80's they are pretty damn prestige. Bo Jackson, Tim brown, uhhh hmm Andre Ware, oops I was wrong. Shithole trophy

9:36 PM  
Blogger Hulk said...

I totally agree.
Except for the Brock Berlin thing. He sucks.

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