The Heisman Trophy has a long history of tradition in recognizing the best player in all of college football.
In the last several years there have been many surprises at the Heisman podium.
In 72 years of existence no sophomore had ever won the illustrious award until 2007 when University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow took home the award. The next year another sophomore won, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford. Then another a year later in 2009, Alabama running back Mark Ingram.
In 2012 University of Southern California running back Reggie Bush returned his forfeited Heisman Trophy from 2005 due to a scandal in which Bush was found to have received improper benefits during his collegiate career.
10 out of the last 12 (11 if you exclude Bush’s vacated win) Hesiman winners have been quarterbacks. It would be safe to predict that this years winner will be a signal caller again.
Here’s my top 5:
5. West Virginia QB Geno Smith – Smith had 6 total touchdowns in WVU’s win over Clemson in the Orange Bowl last season. West Virginia moves to the Big-12 this season which shouldn’t effect Smith’s production too much as the Big-12 hasn’t exactly been the defensively dominant conference it used to be as of late.
4. Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas – Thomas was a huge play-maker in relief of starting RB Lamichael James. He made the most of every play as a runner, receiver and returner. In short, Thomas scored a touchdown every 8 times he touched the ball.
3. Michigan QB Denard Robinson – Robinson is the fastest quarterback in college football. Faster than Cam Newton was, maybe as fast as Michael Vick. He has flourished in head coach Brady Hoke‘s offense posting 4,743 through the air in his first two years starting. In the last two years Robinson has totaled 7,621 yards of offense and 68 touchdowns. Much of his Heisman success hinges on Michigan’s season opener against reigning NCAA champ Alabama on Saturday.
2. Wisconsin RB Montee Ball – In 2011 Montee Ball totaled 2,229 yards of offense and 39 touchdowns. For those of you who don’t understand, 39 touchdowns by a running back is ridiculous. Wisconsin has lost a few offensive lineman but they will probably not miss a step and Ball will continue to produce.