Todd Reesing For Heisman

mike wardContributor ISeptember 30, 2009

  Look, Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford have won Heismans. They are both, unfortunately, on the injured list. Luckily, both of them should be able to come and play out the season. We wish them the best.

  My thinking is that the Heisman Trophy winner should compete in all of the scheduled games. Injuries are unfortuante and have taken their toll on a lot of potential Heisman winners whose aspirations were cut short. With that in mind, I pass along a name of a college athlete who exemplifies the good that is in college football for he is as outstanding in the classroom as he is on the football field.

  Todd Reesing is whom I think deserves a lot of attention in this year's Heisman voting. Reesing is the quarterback and offensive leader of the now 20th ranked Kansas Jayhawks. The magic of Reesing was alive and well in Memorial Stadium Saturday as he had to rally his troops time and again against a tenacious Southern Miss team that came into Lawrence with the longest collegiate winning streak. Southern Miss pulled out all the stops, knowing that a win over a Big 12 team picked by quite a few people to win the Big 12 North would really be a big feather in their cap.

  Like he has done almost his entire career, Reesing found a way to get the job done, or as his coach, Mark Mangino, likes to say, saw the wood. He found the man he had to beat out for the QB job three years ago, wide receiver Kerry Meier in the endzone late in the fourth quarter to give the Jayhawks a 35-28 lead. The Jayhawks defense came alive in the fourth quarter and the Jayhawks head into conference play next week against Iowa State with a perfect 4-0 record.

  Besides, throwing the game winning TD pass late in the game, Reesing completed 30 of 41 passes for three TD's and a single interception on the day. Let's talk statistics. For his career, he now has thrown for 8, 715 yards and 77 TD's. For this season, he has completed 96 of 143 passes for 1137 yards and 9 TD's. His 2009 QB rating is 151.69. Are these not Heisman qualifying numbers or am I deaf and dumb?   

  Now a little info about this mighty young man. He hales from Austin, Tex. Why you ask, does he not play for Mack Brown's team in his own hometown? Todd Reesing is listed in the KU progarm as standing 5-11 and weighing 200 pounds. He may actually weigh 200 pounds alright, but he is maybe two inches and maybe even three inches shy of being 5-11. Reesing was a star shining in Texas to the KU coaches recruiting the Lone Star state. Reesing's senior year in high school, he was the Central Texas Player of the Year after being named the 4A player of the year as a junior. LIke he has done at KU, Reesing took his high school to new heights. His senior year, he led them to their first 10 and 0 record ever. Todd's vocabulary does not contain the four letter word LOSE.

  Reesing and his head coach at Kansas Mark Mangino are a match made in heaven. Under Mangino's guidance, Reesing came into his own as a sophomore. He threw for a KU record 3,486 yards and a school mark 33 TD's, while hitting 61.9 percent of his passes. Last year was even better as he established a number of KU season records, including attempts (495), completions (329), consecutive completions (14 versus Minnesota), completion percentage 66.5, yards (3,888), 300 yard games (8), and 200 yard games (11) among others. He twice had 37 completions in a game, against Fla. Int., and against Missouri. For the season, he ranked in the Top 10 of the NCAA in passing yards, total offense, and completions.

  Like I have stated, Todd Reesing has Heisman numbers. It's time for those who look into such matters to take a look at the little man from Kansas.