Heisman Trophy 2010: Stanford's Andrew Luck Due To Get the John Elway Treatment?
The Heisman Trophy 2010 ceremony seems to have only one possible outcome, and it involves Auburn's Cam Newton clutching the trophy and smiling for the cameras.
If Newton, who has been surrounded by controversy for most of the 2010 season, does indeed winning, Stanford's Andrew Luck will find himself in a similar position that another Stanford great was once in: John Elway.
Besides both being great Stanford quarterbacks, being Heisman runner-ups is going to be yet another thing Luck and Elway have in common.
Elway was gunning to be just the second Stanford player to win the award in 1982, but he lost to Georgia's great running back, Herschel Walker. Luck is projected by ESPN to finish second as well, with Newton being the run-away favorite.
Is this an outrage? Not really. Both Walker and Newton definitely deserve the award.
But the funny part is that both Luck and Elway had far better seasons than Jim Plunkett had in 1970, when he became the only Stanford player ever to win the award. He had only 2,725 passing yards and 18 touchdowns that year. Both Luck and Elway passed for better than 3,000 and 20 touchdowns in their Heisman-nominated seasons.
Neither here nor there? Perhaps. But I felt like pointing it out anyway.
If you're curious if Luck might soon join Plunkett as the only Stanford quarterbacks to be selected number one overall, you might be interested to see where Luck went in our most recent 2011 NFL Mock Draft.
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