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Posts Tagged ‘Heisman Trophy’

The Run Heisman Winners Are Made Out Of

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Cam Newton

Now that the dust has settled and Denard Robinson’s early season magic has given way to defenses trying to contain him — successfully, I might add — there’s a new Heisman favorite taking the stage and his name is Cam Newton. To put it mildly, Newton is a runaway train that other SEC defenses, even ones that are supposed to be good, like LSU’s, have little chance of stopping.

The funny thing is, there’s no secret about where the ball’s going when Newton is under center. Sure, he’ll hand the ball off on occasion, as well as attempt a pass once and a while, but his strength is running the ball, and the team on defense knows that, too.

And yet, they still can’t stop him.

Hell, containment doesn’t even look like much of an option when Newton starts doing his thing. Just ask Les Miles and his vaunted defense that allowed Newton to run for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Clearly, when Auburn gets Newton’s highlight reel together for the Heisman voters to see, the following run will be first and center.

Even though there’s four games remaining on Auburn’s schedule — they are currently 8-0 and first in the BCS standings — Newton has already thrown for over 1300 yards (with 13 touchdowns), while rushing for a gaudy 1077 (with 14 touchdowns). When offense coaches discuss balance between the run and the pass, Newton embodies that wish.

Normally, however, the balance comes from the entire offense, not just one player.

All I know is, the Auburn/Alabama game on November 26 is going to be a freaking war.

As A Heisman Candidate, Ryan Mallett is Untouchable

Ryan Mallett

One of the many college football traditions is for schools to promote certain players for the Heisman Trophy. Whether it’s a Joey Heisman ad in New York City, or a DVD of highlights sent to the Heisman committee, there are various ways to pump a potential candidate up. Thanks the Internet/YouTube/Twitter era of society, fans are getting in on the action with some creative ideas.

Once such fan campaign is brewing for Ryan Mallett, quarterback for the Arkansas Razorbacks, and boy, it doesn’t disappoint — as long as you like MC Hammer:


My snarky side wants to make lots of fun of this video, but then again, there’s another side that actually appreciates the effort. Whatever the case, one thing’s for sure, when it comes to fan love, you can’t touch Ryan Mallett.

Not sure which was worse: my weak pun or the video. I’m going with the pun. At least the video makes creative use of a horrible MC Hammer song.

Of course, if the Razorbacks beat Alabama this upcoming Saturday, “Mallett for Heisman” won’t be just an Arkansas fan’s dream anymore.

Video H/t courtesy of KSR.

Reggie Bush Forfeits Heisman Trophy

Reggie Bush

Previous USC Trojans and current New Orleans Saints running back, Reggie Bush, has decided to forfeit his 2005 Heisman Trophy, amid speculation the Heisman committee would strip him of it as punishment for his decisions while attending USC. Bush, the first Heisman winner to forfeit his trophy, made his decision known by releasing the following statement to Nola.com:

Bush’s statement, after the jump

Mark Ingram’s Knee Gets in The Way

Mark Ingram

Mark Ingram’s defense of his Heisman trophy, as well his efforts towards helping the Alabama Crimson Tide win another BCS Championship has been put on hold, at least for one game. According to al.com, Ingram had “minor” arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after injuring it during a Monday evening practice session. Ingram will miss Bama’s opener against San Jose State, but Nick Saban doesn’t think Ingram’s left knee will be an issue later in the season; a result of repairing Ingram’s knee immediately, as opposed to treating the issue with rest and a “wait and see” attitude.

“It was a situation where everyone involved thought it would be better to take care of now, so he would not have any issues with it later in the season,” Saban said.

While it’s unlikely Ingram will be missed against San Jose State, if the issue does happen to linger, the idea of Alabama going back-to-back becomes less likely; although, Trent Richardson — who some say is the best running back on Bama’s squad (Richardson disagrees) — might have something to say about that.

As it stands, Richardson will get the staring nod as Ingram continues to heal.

Sam Bradford Ready To Return?

Sam Bradford

The last time we saw Sam Bradford in action, he was being pile-driven, shoulder-first, into the turf of Jerry Jones’ new football Shangri La. The hit caused Bradford’s shoulder sprain, putting him on the shelf for three games, one of which the Sooners lost to Miami. Now it appears as if last season’s Heisman Trophy winner wants to get back on the field, and he is looking to do so when Oklahoma plays Baylor this Saturday. Bradford’s reasoning has to do with being prepared for the Texas game, which follows Baylor.

I’m sure the folks who organize the Red River Shootout are no doubt happy about the Bradford news.

After the jump, Bradford’s thoughts about returning >>

One Day, Kentucky Will Get This Whole Football Thing

John Wall Heisman
Yes, I know this was done in jest — or at least I hope it was — but if you’ve ever wondered what people are talking about when they call programs like Kentucky and Duke “basketball schools,” you now have an idea why. This sign was spotted this weekend in Lexington during the Kentucky/Louisville football game, and it does a great job of revealing where the Kentucky fanbase’s head is at: Focused directly on John Wall.

Of course, when you read things like this from Gary Parrish, on top of realizing you have the Florida Gators on tap as the next football opponent — a team you haven’t beaten since November 15, 1986 — fixating on the idea of John Wall tearing it up on the basketball court is understandable.

H/t to KentuckySportsRadio.com for the find.

Tennessee Volunteers Keep On Swinging

Eric Berry

Following Lane Kiffin’s “we’re creating interest” lead, the Tennessee Volunteers haven’t been shy with the self/team-promotion as we get closer and closer to college football season. Whether it’s promoting safety Eric Berry for the Heisman with billboards, or posing with orange Lamborghinis for the upcoming team poster, the Volunteers have it covered.

Volunteers and exotic cars after the jump >>

Michael Crabtree 4 Heisman

Michael Crabtree

Ramblings of a late-night, fall-back sufferer. Take it for what it’s worth:

More than likely, Graham Harrell or Sam Bradford will move to the top of the Heisman favorites, but if there is a better player in the country than Michael Crabtree, I’ll be damned. He absolutely could not be covered last night and that game-winning reception was a thing of beauty and legend. While his stats — almost 800 yards and 14 touchdowns in 9 games — won’t be quite as gaudy as last season’s 1900-yard smörgåsbord, he’s still having an All-American season.

Besides, if he gets close to 20 touchdowns — a distinct possibility with Baylor and Oklahoma on the schedule — that’s Heisman-worthy production from a receiver. Did I mention he’s also the best player in the country? Maybe even the best college receiver ever?

Let his spectacular work to win the game against Texas serve as testimony:

Yeah, quarterbacks put up the sexy numbers but without the skill players who run the routes, make the catches and finish the runs with the effort Crabtree gave, those numbers wouldn’t be near as sexy. With that in mind, let it be said loud and clear:

Vote Michael Crabtree for the Heisman Trophy. It’s time for some Charles Woodson-like change again.

It’s change you can believe in.