Heisman Trophy: On the Third Day, ESPN Gave to Me...Three Sophomores in a Row
In 2007, Tim Tebow won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore. Last year, Sam Bradford won it as a sophomore. This year, we welcome sophomore Mark Ingram to the Heisman family.
I'm going to start by saying congratulations to Mark Ingram and the whole Alabama family. The Heisman Trophy is a great honor. I do want to add that Ingram had one of the best Heisman speeches I have heard in a while.
Now, I'm going to say I do not think this was right.
I'm not saying Ingram did not deserve to win. I'm simply saying there were four more deserving seniors that deserved this award.
Enough with the sophomores. Sophomores have two more years to win the Heisman. This should be a senior award, especially if there are deserving seniors.
Toby Gerhart won the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the top running back in the country. How can you tell me that Gerhart is the top running back, but was beaten out by a running back for the Heisman?
Gerhart out-rushed Ingram by almost 200 yards and scored nine more touchdowns, while playing in fewer games. Take away Ingram's outstanding SEC Championship game performance, and he had 300 fewer yards and 12 fewer touchdowns than Gerhart.
Let's not forget Colt McCoy.
He has surpassed the 3,000 passing yard mark in three consecutive seasons. This season, he had over 3,500 passing yards and 27 touchdowns. He also rushed for 348 yards and 3 touchdowns.
As a comparison, when Bradford won the Heisman, he had thrown for over 4,700 yards and 50 touchdowns. When Tebow won it, he had thrown for just under 3,300 yards and 32 touchdowns. Tebow also rushed for 895 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Yes, you can say McCoy did not deserve the Heisman because he did not have the flashy numbers Bradford and Tebow did. I will argue, however, that the Heisman used to award career achievement as well as single-season effort, so McCoy does deserve it.
As for Ndamukong Suh from Nebraska, he deserved it as much as Charles Woodson, but could not get votes as a true defensive player. Woodson won the Heisman because he also served as a punt returner.
No one put up the numbers Suh did defensively. He had 82 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups, one interception, and three blocked kicks. If the Heisman voters valued defensive superiority as much as offensive dominance, Suh would have been at or near the top of their lists.
As for Tebow, while he deserved consideration, his invitation was extended also due to his sophomore Heisman win. Once you make the top five as a sophomore, you will be invited your next two years unless you do not play or play horribly.
Again, I want to repeat: I do not think Ingram did not deserve the Heisman; however, I think it should have been given to a more deserving senior.
Interesting fact about the Heisman with the BCS: when someone wins the Heisman, their team loses its bowl game.
Bradford and Oklahoma lost to Florida last season. Tebow and Florida lost to Michigan in the 2007 season. Troy Smith and Ohio State lost to Florida in the 2006 season. Reggie Bush and USC lost to Texas in the 2005 season.
The list goes on. Hopefully, Ingram and Alabama can overcome this hurdle. If not, McCoy will be very glad he did not win the Heisman Trophy, even though he may have thought he deserved it.
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