Will Jahvid Best Compete for the Heisman in 2009?

Nate MaezCorrespondent IMay 24, 2009

CORVALLIS, OR - NOVEMBER 15:  Jahvid Best #4 of the California Golden Bears runs the ball the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium on November 15, 2008 in Corvalis, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

During the 2008 season, Cal running back Jahvid Best had the second most all purpose yards in the NCAA.  He was right behind Missouri wideout Jeremy Maclin. Although neither of them were nominated for the Heisman Trophy last season, both were among the best players in college football.

At 5'10" and 195 lbs, Best runs like a bolt of lightning with a number four on it's chest.  He needed only 194 carries to lead the Pac-10 in rushing last season, and defenses had to account for him at all times.  Though not as nationally recognized as Reggie Bush, Best has the same game breaking mold, and is able to change a game with one play.

Now it is up to Cal's passing game to keep their opponents' defenses from stacking against the run.  Cal's quarterbacks were in turmoil in 2008, with Nate Longshore being a mess and Kevin Riley not stepping up when he had his chances. 

Jahvid Best has great vision and burst through the hole, but it will be up to the quarterback to play consistently in order for Best to get his stats up for Heisman recognition.

Besides that, the only other thing holding Best back is that he prone to getting injured.  This January, Best underwent surgery to tighten a ligament that had been injured when he dislocated his left elbow. 

The same month he had another surgery, this time for his foot, to relieve irritation of an extra bone that was caused when Best bruised his foot during the middle of the season.

Now let us Cal fans pray that Jahvid Best gets the national recognition he deserves, and is at least a finalist for the most coveted individual award in college football.