Now that the five finalists have been named for this seasons Heisman Trophy winner, it is time to tell you who I think deserves the award. Before doing so, I am going to tell you who is not going to have any real shot: Tyrann Mathieu and Montee Ball. First off, Tyrann Mathieu had a very solid season for LSU and is definitely one of the best players in the country, however there have only been three defensive players who have received the trophy, the last one being Charles Woodson in 1997. Montee Ball had an unbelievable season as well, nearly breaking Barry Sanders single season touchdown record. Also, as my friend Mark Roos pointed out to me, most of the defenses in the Big 10 were average at best, and Wisconsin had a much easier schedule compared to the other back in the running, Trent Richardson.
The next player, who has been the Tim Tebow of college football, Andrew Luck is the second runner up in my mind. There has been and will continue to be a lot of hype surrounding Luck and his talents, but I believe he will also suffer due to the lack of strength in Stanford’s schedule this season. I am also not convinced that he will live up to the expectations in the NFL. I think he will be a solid quarterback, but I just don’t see him being the next Peyton Manning. Next, I believe Trent Richardson will be the runner up for the Heisman this year based on his solid production and Alabama’s hard schedule, being in the SEC. The only problem with Richardson is that Alabama has so many other weapons they can rely on in their offense as well as having one of the best defenses in the country. He could even end up winning, but I think Robert Griffin III will be awarded the Heisman Trophy this year.
The Baylor Bears had a really surprising season this year with a 9-3 record, the best in a long time. Baylor has never really been known for their football team and this year was different because of Robert Griffin III. He threw for just under 4000 yards, 36 touchdowns and only had 6 interceptions (all better than Andrew Luck). I also think he will win the Heisman because without Griffin III, Baylor would have probably only won three or four games at best. I also think that based on his progression as a quarterback and his high level of athleticism, he will end up being the best quarterback out of this years class.