While Brett Hundley isn’t a Heisman front-runner at the moment, he can hoist the 2013 Heisman trophy at the season’s end if he blazes the trail of recent winners.
With that said, let’s outline exactly what Hundley has to do in order to win the Heisman.
Post Video Game Numbers
Hundley’s 2012 stats of 38 touchdowns and 4,100 total yards is nothing to sneeze at. Fact is though, such numbers are no longer synonymous with Heisman winner.
With Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III averaging nearly 4,830 yards and 48 touchdowns in their Heisman campaigns, the bar has been raised for what numbers a Heisman winner has to post.
If Hundley can get 4,500 total yards and at least 40 touchdowns, he’ll be able to keep his name in the Heisman conversation.
After posting 10 scores and over 1,000 total yards through UCLA’s first three games, these are numbers Hundley is certainly capable of posting by season’s end.
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Whether it’s a series of spectacular highlights, or a game-winning drive, Hundley has to imprint a memory into voters' minds that screams, "Heisman!"
From the Manziel highlight factory at Alabama in 2012 to Cam Newton erasing a 24-0 deficit against the Crimson Tide in 2010, past Heisman winners have all had a captivating moment that’s cemented their place in Heisman lore.
Unfortunately for Hundley, in order for him to win, he’ll have to have at least two of these moments.
What makes Hundley’s situation so unique?
Well, for starters, he’s had one already.
In UCLA’s 41-21 win over Nebraska, ala Cam Newton, Hundley accounted for 355 total yards and three touchdowns as the Bruins overcame a 21-3 deficit in a nationally televised game.
Thing is, Hundley’s performance didn’t receive its just do. This was because, I don’t know, “the game of the century,” Alabama vs. Texas A&M, was taking place on the same day.
So, while in most years such a performance would qualify as a Heisman moment, it doesn’t quite fit the billing here.
Luckily enough for Hundley, he has two chances against Stanford and Oregon, and possibly a third in the Pac-12 title game, to captivate America.
Beat Stanford or Oregon
Speaking of Stanford and Oregon, one of these title contenders succumbing to Hundley’s Bruins is a must for him to win.
While great season statistics and a valiant performance in defeat to these two teams would still garner Hundley an invite to New York, he has no shot at winning if he doesn’t beat one of them.
Unlike the past two seasons, when Manziel and Griffin won partially because of unattractive alternatives, there is no shortage of worthy Heisman winners this year.
With the likes of Tajh Boyd, Teddy Bridgewater, Manziel and Marcus Mariota also vying to win, you can be sure that all of their Heisman resumes will be picked apart.
So, considering that all the aforementioned will probably post video game numbers just like Hundley, signature wins could be a way voters sort through their respective resumes.
Prediction: While I like Hundley to lead UCLA past Stanford, I don’t envision him and the Bruins beating Oregon. With Mariota also being a legit contender, there isn’t a scenario in which Hundley wins the Heisman without knocking off Mariota and the Ducks.