The Heisman mystery

As I was doing research for another story, I stumbled upon something that I really could not believe.

I started examining the voting while looking into the most undeserving Heisman Trophy winners and noticed that neither Teddy Bridgewater or Marcus Mariota finished in the top 10 of this years balloting.  It’s one thing not to make it to New York as a finalist, but not making the top 10 is just an absolute joke.  All that tells me is that the majority of voters just don’t have a clue!

I understand that Oregon and Louisville both failed to meet the lofty expectations that were placed upon them in the preseason polls (which are total crap, but that is another article for a different day), but that had little or nothing to do either quarterback.

Bridgewater led Louisville to a 12-1 record (with their only loss coming to a very impressive Central Florida team) while putting up numbers that deserved national recognition.

He completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,970 yards and 31 touchdowns against only four interceptions.

As solid as Bridgewater was, Mariota may have been even better.  He completed 63.5 of his passes for 3,665 yards and 31 touchdowns against four interceptions as well as 715 yards and nine touchdowns in 96 carries on the ground for an 11-2 team.

Compare those numbers to AJ McCarron (who finished second in the Heisman balloting) and you can seeing why I had an issue.  He completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 3,063 yards and 28 touchdowns against seven interceptions for a 12-2 team.

The reason I use MaCarron as an example is not to bash on him because I think he is a heck of a player, but I use him to point out how some great players got completely overlooked because of some silly team expectations.

It’s time to give Heisman votes to those of us who follow the game and can’t be swayed by a loss or two. The last I checked, the Heisman is an individual award and not a team one.  Those votes don’t deserve to be in the hands of people who just trust national bias and don’t take the time to find out for themselves who is the best.

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