My Vote For The Heisman Trophy
Let me preface this by saying I don't have an official vote for the Heisman, though I don't know why, I'm just as well-credentialed as Professor Lance Allan. Nevertheless, after a season's worth of football viewing here's how I see it:
1. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
To me, there should be a wow factor with the Heisman Trophy winner. RG3 has it, Andrew Luck doesn't. While Luck was the favorite throughout Griffin was piling up big numbers by throwing and running. RG3 personally accounted for more than 500 yards (479 passing, 72 rushing) against Oklahoma. That was his fourth 400+ passing yard performance of the year.
2. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Truthfully, Ball and RG3 should split the Heisman. There was an equally impressive wow factor with Ball who piled up touchdowns and led the nation in rushing. The last five games were off the charts with 906 yards and 14 scores. The problem is Ball wasn't the primary Heisman candidate from Wisconsin at the start of the year and that may hurt his chances.
3. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
Defensive players rarely make noise in the Heisman race because the numbers aren't eye-popping but in terms of playmaking ability Mathieu has been the best in the nation. Mathieu only has two interceptions but that's because opposing teams didn't want to throw his way. He also forced six fumbles, recovered five and as a punt returner he led the nation in yards per return and returned to punts for scores.
You'll notice Luck didn't even make my ballot. This is a typical case of Heisman hype. Luck has a very good season, but not a great one. Luck was not the leader is any of the stat categories used to evaluate a quarterback: touchdowns, yards, completion percentage, yards per attempt and rating. In those categories he finished 5th, 24th, 9th, 12th and 5th respectively.