We all know Heisman voting skews towards quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. Let’s push away reality for a moment, though, and consider this question: Which player, at each position, has the best chance of winning the 2013 Heisman Trophy?
Behold Bleacher Report’s All-Heisman Position Team.
Before discussing who should make the team, we must remember this: Simply choosing the best player at each position won’t cut it. Here are some reasons why, in no particular order.
First, players on the same team sometimes steal votes from each other. Two players from the same team made the Top 10 in Heisman voting as recently as 2011, when Wisconsin’s Montee Ball finished fourth and Russell Wilson finished ninth.
Second, the best players on the best teams don’t always win. No Alabama players finished in the Top 10 of the 2012 Heisman voting. Also, Notre Dame’s highest vote-getter in 2012, Manti Te’o, finished second. The Irish were the top team heading into the 2012 bowl season.
Third, underclassmen haven’t fared well in Heisman voting throughout history. In 2012, the first freshman won the award (Johnny Manziel), and the first sophomore didn’t join the fraternity until 2007 (Tim Tebow). Though underclassmen have done better recently in the voting, upperclassmen still have the upper hand.
Next, we’ll break down the team’s structure.
OFFENSE: One quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, two offensive tackles, two offensive guards, one center.
DEFENSE: Seven defensive linemen/linebackers, four defensive backs.
SPECIAL TEAMS: one kicker, one punter.
Any players who also are return specialists get bonus points, because they can affect a game’s outcome in more ways.
Offensive and defensive systems will impact the production of players and therefore help determine who makes a push for Heisman. The traditional pro set on offense allows a player from each position to make the team, while the “seven defensive linemen/linebackers” accounts for both commonly used defensive sets (the 4-3 and the 3-4).
Finally, let’s get to the team. Feel free to debate in the comments section below.