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Considering all the history associated with the Heisman Trophy, the award should go to a player who makes history.
This year, that player would be Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, who is on the verge of a record-breaking season.
Ball has scored 38 touchdowns this season, just one shy of the single-season record held by Barry Sanders in 1988. Granted, Sanders scored his 39 touchdowns in only 11 games, while Ball has already played 13 games and still has a bowl game to play in.
That said, Ball’s numbers remain astounding.
Considering that Ball has averaged nearly three touchdowns per game, it is very reasonable to expect that he could score two in the Rose Bowl and break Sanders' record.
Records aside, Ball has been the best player in college football this season; his 38 touchdowns are 12 more than any other player in college football.
Ball’s numbers are not simply a beneficiary of finishing off drives for a good offense. He also leads the nation with 1,759 rushing yards, and among running backs with at least 200 carries, only Oregon’s LaMichael James has a better yards per carry average.
Ball may not be among the favorites to take home the Heisman Trophy tonight, most likely due to the facts that his team lost two games this season and he does not have the explosive highlights on his resume that Trent Richardson does.
That said, though, if the trophy truly goes to the best player in college football, the award should go to the player who is making history: Montee Ball.
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