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History says that the Heisman Trophy has never been won in the first four weeks of the season—but it certainly has been lost in that time frame.
While Robinson isn't competing with Heisman winners of the past, they are a great rubric to grade Robinson's performance thus far.
"Shoelace" is currently 54-of-99 passing with 837 yards, six touchdowns and eight interceptions. On the ground, Robinson has 441 yards and four touchdowns on 66 carries.
Anyone can tell you those don't look like Heisman numbers, but look at the stats of the last two winners, Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III, to see where he stands.
Newton: (Passing) 43-of-68 for 683 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. (Rushing) 75 carries for 485 yards and five touchdowns.
Griffin III: (Passing) 92-of-112 for 1,308 yards, 18 touchdowns and one interception. (Rushing) 36 carries for 173 yards and one touchdown.
Aside from their overall gaudy numbers, it is their performances against quality opponents that elevated them to the top. Newton had wins against Mississippi State, Clemson and South Carolina—including a five-touchdown performance against the Gamecocks.
Griffin III also shined on the biggest stage, throwing for five touchdowns in a 50-48 win against TCU in Week 1.
Big games brought out the best of these quarterbacks, leading them to the Heisman Trophy. Robinson, on the other hand, has been exposed under these circumstances, throwing for more picks through four games than Newton and Griffin III did all season, making him unworthy of the award.