In 2010, The Heisman trophy chase turned into a one man show as Auburn quarterback Cam Newton turned in one of the greatest college football season ever. This year, many felt that Andrew Luck would turn in another one man performance, but many other players felt differently turning this season into one of the wildest Heisman races in NCAA history. The chase was so wide open that even last year Heisman nominees LaMichael James and Kellen Moore could make it to NYC again even though the had better stats this year than last. This year, Kaboom! Magazine breaks down each of this year nominees and let's fans know why each player should win the Heisman trophy and why the won't win the Heisman trophy. Each player in this year chase has the stats and highlight plays that have help players win the Heisman trophy in previous years, but even with the stats and the plays.....only one can win this award and be known as a Heisman winner.
LET'S BREAKDOWN THE NOMINEES SHALL WE.......
Andrew Luck, QB Stanford:
Luck Best Game: 330 passing yards, 3 TDS, 1 Rush TD vs. USC
Why Luck will win the Heisman: Last year Heisman runner-up surprised everyone when he said that he was coming back to Stanford for one more year of college football. Luck entered the season as the leading candidate for the Heisman trophy and he did not disappoint as he had his best year yet at Stanford. Luck threw for over 3,000 yards and 35 TDs, Leading Stanford to a 11-1 record and earning them another BCS bowl berth. Luck also had big wins this year with victories against USC, Notre Dame, and Washington each team Luck has beaten for the 3rd time of his career. Luck has history on his side as 9 of the last 11 Heisman winners have been quarterbacks with two of them coming from the PAC-12. Luck will not have to share west coast votes with another Pac-12 candidate like had to last year with LaMichael James so that huge plus. Many voters feel that the Heisman trophy should go to the best player in college football; and that title goes to no one else but Andrew Luck.
Why Luck will not win the Heisman: Sometimes when your so good at something....it almost looks effortless. Andrew Luck threw for a mind-blowing 35 TDs this year, but that only three more than he threw in 2010...not a Heisman improvement. Any other year Luck would have no problem winning the Heisman with his stats, but with four other candidates with amazing stats and team records....I wouldn't bet on sure Luck.
Trent Richardson, RB Alabama:
Richardson Best Game: 203 Rushing yards, 1 Rec. TD vs. Auburn
Why Richardson will win the Heisman: Ever since Trent Richardson been at Alabama, all he done is beat Tim Tebow, Win a National Championship, and be apart of one the greatest running back tandems since Reggie Bush and Lendale White. Even with all the early success, Trent never got to show what he could really do sharing a backfield with a former Heisman winner Mark Ingram. With Ingram gone to the NFL, Richardson tore through the SEC this season avg. 131.9 rushing yards a game and scoring 23 TDs while leading the Crimson Tide to a No. 2 BCS Ranking and a chance at a BCS National Championship. Richardson has better stats than his former teammate Heisman trophy winning year and he was by far the best player in the nation toughest conference.
Why Richardson will not win the Heisman: Trent Richardson stats this year are better than many running backs that have won the Heisman trophy before, but in a time where voters wanna see who you did against rather everything you did; Richardson may be the odd man out this year. Trent reached in every game this year but one... the game of the century vs. LSU. Richardson had a total of 169 offensive yards in the game, but couldn't break out for any game-changing runs or reach the endzone. If Richardson could have reach the endzone at least once in the LSU game, Bama would have won the game and he would be guaranteed the Heisman trophy. After the Bama loss to LSU, many voters were turned off by Richardson as many thought that Alabama was out of the national title picture.
Tyrann Mathieu, DB LSU:
Mathieu Best Game: 11 tackles, 1 Force Fumble TD vs. Oregon
Why Mathieu will win the Heisman: When Patrick Peterson left LSU for the NFL, many wonder who was gonna take his spot as the most electrifying player in college football? Tyrann Mathieu answered that question the first weekend of the college football season. Mathieu is the best player on the best team in college football and is the ultimate game changer in the NCAA this year. Whether it was a punt return for touchdown, a forced fumble, or a INT, Every time LSU needed a big play to change the momentum of a game look no further than Mathieu to get the job done. The bigger the game, the better Mathieu played. Heisman voters have always had a soft spot for punt returners and none were any better this year than Tyrann Mathieu. His punt returns remind you of Desmond Howard, His cover skills remind you of Charles Woodson, and His Leadership reminds you of Cam Newton...all who were past Heisman Winners.
Why Mathieu will not win the Heisman: After the first three games of the year, Tyrann Mathieu was a can't miss future Heisman trophy winner because of the big plays he made in big time games. But in the month of October and early November, the "Honey Badger" went into hibernation as he had no highlight reel plays. Many also feel that the only reason that Mathieu is a Heisman candidate is because of LSU undefeated record, so even just being nominated is a win in itself for Mathieu. Mathieu only a sophomore so he has plenty more chances to take home the award, but as for this year he will be just okay with the trip to NYC.
Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor:
Griffin III Best Game: 479 passing yards, 4 passing TDs vs. Oklahoma
Why Griffin III will win the Heisman: The former Big 12 Freshmen of the Year had a Heisman campaign for the ages. RG III threw for over 4,000 yards and 39 TDs this year, while also rushing for over 600 yards and 9TDs. The Baylor QB has the No.1 Passer rating college football with a 192.3 rating. With victories over ranked opponents TCU, Texas, and Oklahoma, Griffin III led Baylor to first 9 win season since 1986. Week in and week out Griffin III was the most consistent player in college football and kept his team in games until the very end every week.
Why Griffin III will not win the Heisman: RG III has the best stats this year of any of the Heisman nominees, he also has the worst win/loss record out of any of the Heisman nominees...and that goes a long way with voters. Since 2000, Only Tim Tebow has one the Heisman trophy with three losses in one season, other there every other Heisman winner has only avg. One loss in their winning season. Another thing that is hurting RG III Heisman chances is not playing for the national championship. Since 1996 only three players have won the Heisman and not be playing for at least a share of the National Championship. In recent years many voters feel that the award go to the best player on the best team in college football, so even though Griffin III is consider by many as the best player in college; those same people not that he not the best team in college. Even with RG III incredible stats this year, a 3-loss season almost make it impossible to walk away with the trophy.
Montee Ball, RB Wisconsin:
Ball Best Game: 151 Rushing yards, 4 Rushing TDs vs. Penn State
Why Ball will win the Heisman: When it comes to football in Wisconsin, the focus is on two quarterbacks...Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson. But if you asked them who is having the best season of football in Wisconsin they would probably tell that the title goes to Montee Ball. Ball is fourth in the nation in rushing averaging 131.5 yards a game and No.1 in rushing TDs with 38TDs two shy of breaking Barry Sanders Touchdown record. Ball practically lived in the end zone this year, helping Wisconsin win the Big 10 title. Ball has 12 more touchdowns than the 2nd highest player which is almost impossible in this day and age.
Why Ball will not win the Heisman:
Even with Ball ridiculous touchdown stats...Quite Frankly! no one knows who this guy is. Tyrann Mathieu, Trent Richardson, RG III, and Andrew Luck are all household names and even Russell Wilson was considered a Heisman candidate for most of the year, but Ball really just came out of nowhere. Heisman voters probably have never seen a Badgers game let alone a Ball touchdown. Many feel that Ball took a spot that should of been giving to either LaMichael James, Matt Barkley, or Kellen Moore; so just the invite alone is Ball super bowl championship.
Who should win the Heisman: If this was based on stats and on the field play alone hands down the award would go to Baylor Robert Griffin III.
Who will win the Heisman: Voters love to make a story book ending and what would be better than having last year Heisman runner up Andrew Luck forgo the NFL to return to college showing kids that you can wait for the NFL and finish school and win the Heisman trophy. It would be like molding the perfect student/athlete. The award will go through none other than Stanford Andrew Luck.