Top Heisman Trophy Candidates From the Year That Wasn't
When the year started, we were all promised that this would be the greatest Heisman race in the history of the world.
We were promised that Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, and Sam Bradford were going to blow our collective minds in the greatest season ever. Why didn't this happen?
They weren't as good as we thought they were, so here is the list of Heisman candidates from the year that wasn't.
1) Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
Why don't we respect running backs anymore?
Do you realize that we have had two running backs win this award in the last 10 years? It blows my mind that we have a running back playing on, in my opinion, the best team in college football who is going to finish the year with over 2,000 all purpose yards, over 15 touchdowns, has yet to fumble the ball, is averaging almost 10 yards every time he touches the football, and this guy is being overlooked.
He has all the stats to win, but the fact that he isn't a quarterback and the nation hasn't jumped on his band wagon like they did with Reggie Bush, might cost him this award.
The other day, Eddie George (A FREAKING RUNNING BACK!) said that he still hasn't decided between Mark Ingram and Tim Tebow. This is by far the saddest thing I have heard all year.
I just don't understand how on earth running backs are going to get the respect of the nation when they don't respect each other. Mark Ingram, if by some small chance you read this, I know you are the best player in the country I apologize for everyone else.
2) Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas
Yes, I know Jordan Shipley is ahead of Colt McCoy, yes I know that Shipley needs a good quarterback to do his job, and yes I know that nobody else on that offense can be counted on to catch the ball consistently.
But I also know that Jordan Shipley is the best wideout in college football this year. I would draft Shipley ahead of Dez Bryant without a doubt.
I haven't even mentioned the fact that he is one of the most amazing return men in the nation. I take you back to the Texas vs. Colorado game when Shipley made every single Colorado player miss him on a punt return. If you go look at it and count the guys that miss him, you will count all 11 men.
3) Dion Lewis, RB, Pitt
I'm going to be honest with you, I had no idea who Dion Lewis was until about three weeks ago, and ever since I looked him up, I have been in love with this man.
If you don't know who Dion Lewis is, go Google this guys videos because they will blow your mind straight out of the water. He is Pittsburgh's freshman running back that will win a Heisman one day, mark my words.
He may be a freshman, but this is no kid. This is a freaking man I tell you. He puts up beastly numbers for a freshman or any running back for that matter, this year he is gonna finish with around 1,700 all purpose yards and close to 20 touchdowns.
4) Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Here he is the one, the only, the rapidly diminishing talent himself, TIM TEBOW.
As you can tell, I am not a Tebow lover. I think he is probably the best that college football has to offer right now in a quarterback, but that is mostly because this year's quarterbacks suck.
I will admit that Tebow is the best leader I have seen, maybe ever, and Florida is a whole lot less without him.
But he doesn't have the numbers that other people do and the other argument is that he is the QB for an unbeaten SEC team. To that, I say the refs are the reason Tebow is unbeaten.
Let's looks at his stats from this year: He'll finish with 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns passing and close to 1,000 yards and another 13-15 touchdowns running. Those sound amazing right?
Well, lets look at the year he won the Heisman; he had 4,000 yards of offense and 50 touchdowns.
As much as we don't want it to happen, Tebow is going down and it's time to abandon ship.
5) C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
C.J. Spiller gave me feelings I didn't know I had. The way he runs is beautiful, it is like watching moving art, when you look at him he looks like a running back.
He is 5'11" 195 pounds, which is kinda small I guess but you wouldn't know it when you see him out there.
6) Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
Don't get me wrong, I love Colt McCoy and think he will have the best NFL career between Bradford, McCoy, and Tebow. But his performance has not been spectacular this season.
He is still going to have 3,000-plus yards passing this year, which is very good, but the thing that makes McCoy so dangerous is that he can run with the best of them and he has rushed the ball half as much as he did last year. That is a problem, why wouldn't you let one of the most explosive runners in the Big 12 get out of the pocket and make plays with his legs?
The biggest problem is he is throwing far too many INTs for a serious Heisman contender. He has two games all year that he didn't get picked off at least once.
Another thing killing the McCoy's Heisman chances is the fact that Texas has been good, but not great, this year. A Heisman quarterback should make a good team great and as much as I wish I did, I don't see that from McCoy this season.
7) Case Keenum, QB, Houston
If the Heisman is supposed to be given to the player and the most valuable to his team, Case Keenum has just as much of a case to win as anyone.
Take Tebow off of Florida and Florida is probably not No. 1 in the BCS, but I think they are top 25. Take McCoy off Texas, the Longhorns aren't as good but they are still contenders in the Big 12.
But take Keenum of Houston and this goes from a top 25 team that scores a lot and is exciting to watch, to a bad team that plays no defense and can't score enough points to hang with anyone. He could very easily finish this year with 5,000 yards passing and 40 touchdowns, which makes other quarterbacks look like nothing.
If he had any defense at all, this is an unbeaten team being looked at with the likes of TCU and Keenum is a lock to win. Full disclosure, I go to the University of Houston.
This concludes my Heisman watch, but there are a few names I want to get out there that would have for sure made the cut if it were not for injuries.
To start my boy, Javid Best. I love Best, there is nobody in college football that gets me so excited every time they touch the ball.
Best has the ability to take it to the house every single time he touches the ball but injuries took him out this year and so did that Oregon game.
Next, Tony Pike. He was amazing this year before he went out, but what is hurting him is that his backup is making them look better and I don't know if Tony Pike will be back as a starter this year.
Well that's all folks, please comment any problems you see or anyone I may have missed.