Nevada Football: Colin Kaepernick a Worthy Heisman Trophy Candidate

Michael PatmasCorrespondent IIISeptember 19, 2010

COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #10 of the Nevada Wolf Pack rolls out during the first half of the game against the Missouri Tigers on September 13, 2008 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Colin Kaepernick, a Heisman candidate? Am I nuts? How could anyone from the WAC be considered for such an award. Isn't Boise's Kellen Moore the best quarterback in the WAC and the only legitimate Heisman candidate from the doormat conference? I think not. Here's why.

Kaepernick's total body of work over his first three years is among the best ever. We all know he is in a class by himself, as he's passed for over 2,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000 yards in a single season. He has done this not once, but twice.

Let's set aside his 135 points against Boise State in the last three games and just focus on where he is right now in the 2010 season. Three weeks into the fall, Kaepernick is the 13th-best quarterback in the country with a rating of 166.2, having gone 57 for 81, 728 yards, and five touchdowns. He has yet to throw a pick.

He is also the 13th best running back in the country, with with 39 carries for 369 yards and seven touchdowns. The QB is averaging a staggering 9.5 yards per carry!

As a quarterback, Kaepernick is ahead of Kevin Riley, Andy Dalton, Matt Barkley, Case Keenum, Denard Robinson, and way ahead of the best quarterback in the WAC, Kellen Moore. As a running back, he leads LaMichael James. I could produce a very long list of premiere running backs who trail this QB.

Kellen Moore gets plenty of mention as a Heisman candidate and I feel it is very well-deserved. But let's be frank: The Heisman is supposed to recognize the best all-around football player in the country. Moore is a statue compared to Kaepernick, static in his pocket cocoon, passing accurately but landlocked. Kaepernick is also a devastating passer with a rocket arm and a dynamic runner with blazing speed.

But to truly appreciate how special he is, you have to watch him on the sidelines, not on TV. He is a leader, always exhorting his teammates.

We have a long way to go this season. But right now, there is little doubt who is the best overall football player in the country, the only one that is among the top 13 as both a quarterback and a running back. Sooner or later, the pundits will notice these stats. They speak for themselves. Yes, Colin Kaepernick for the Heisman!