Nevada's Colin Kaepernick Deserves To Be a Heisman Candidate

Michael PatmasCorrespondent IIIDecember 4, 2010

Kaepernick holds two all time NCAA records
Kaepernick holds two all time NCAA recordsEthan Miller/Getty Images

Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick deserves to be a Heisman candidate. He has stats that no one else in the history of college football can match. He is arguably the best dual-threat QB in NCAA history. If you doubt that, consider this.

Colin Kaepernick today became the first player in history to pass for 9,000 yards and rush for over 4,000 yards. No one else in 112 years of college football is in the 9,000/4,000 club.

Need more evidence? Kaepernick is also the only player in NCAA history to pass for over 2,000 and rush for 1,000 in three seasons. In 112 years, no one else has even come close.

Need still more proof? Kaepernick long ago surpassed Tim Tebow's rushing yard mark by a QB. Today he surpassed Tebow's rushing TD mark and tied Eric Crouch for the all-time NCAA record at 59. With a bowl game yet to be played, there is a good chance he will score at least one more. Kaepernick should own three all-time NCAA records before he is through.

But to be the best dual threat ever, one must also be as adept with one's arm as with one's legs. Kaepernick has passed for 9,747 yards and 81 TDs to go with his 59 rushing TDs and one receiving score. With 141 TDs to his credit, he has only suffered 23 interceptions in four years for an average of 5.75 per season. Boise State's Kellen Moore, a legitimate Heisman candidate known for throwing very few interceptions, has 18 picks in three years for an average of six.

Kaepernick already owns a slew of WAC records, including his most recent. Today, he broke Ian Johnson's rushing TD mark, a record formerly held by LaDainian Tomlinson.

So how come a guy who already owns two all-time NCAA records and will likely soon have three isn't on the list? Colin Kaepernick has stats that make him the most productive dual threat in history and has surpassed two other Heisman winners who were also dual threats. He is one of the best running backs in the country and he isn't even a running back! He is also one of the best QBs in the country with a completion rate of 64.7 percent.

If that isn't enough to make the candidate list, what is?

Oh, maybe this will help. He will soon be honored with a display in the College Football Hall of Fame for his accomplishment last season as part of the first trio in history to rush for 1,000 yards on the same team (Kaepernick, Vai Taua and Luke Lippincott).

The Heisman criteria are: best all-around player and person, irrespective of conference. It has nothing to do with winning championships (though Nevada won the WAC title today), win-loss record or bowl record.

So can someone explain to me why with stats like these, Colin Kaepernick should not be a candidate?