Tag:Heisman Trophy
Posted on: September 25, 2010 8:02 pm

Two 4th quarter INTs doom Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

Posted by Adam Jacobi

If Ryan Mallett's Heisman candidacy was kick-started by his game-winning touchdown drive at Georgia last week, it was just as surely ruined by his 4th quarter collapse, as top-ranked Alabama escaped No. 10 Arkanas with a 24-20 win.

Mallett's first three quarters were perhaps his most impressive as a Razorback; he carved the Alabama defense to the tune of 21-28 passing, 313 yards, one passing touchdown (and another on the ground), and one rather ill-advised interception in Alabama's end zone. His fourth quarter? 4-10, 44 yards, and two back-breaking interceptions. One was returned by Robert Lester to the Arkansas 11 yard line and led to Alabama's go-ahead touchdown; the next would seal the game, as Arkansas never got the ball back.

If anybody's Heisman candidacy was helped in today's game, it's probably Mark Ingram; people assumed Ingram's campaign to repeat as Heisman winner was completely derailed by his two games missed at the beginning of the season. Ingram rushed for 157 yards on 24 carries today, including an electric 54-yard touchdown in the first half, and he added 27 receiving yards on two catches. If he was feeling any ill effects from his knee surgery from before the season, it wasn't immediately evident today.

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 2:11 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 2:13 pm

Alabama D 'licking their chops' to get to Mallett

Posted by Chip Patterson

The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide have spent this week preparing for what will arguably be one of their toughest tests of the season traveling to face the high-octane Arkansas offense in Fayetteville on Saturday.  Razorbacks quarterback Ryan Mallet has been described as "the best pro quarterback in college football" for his strong arm and proficient passing ability.

Alabama's defense has been among the best in the nation so far in 2010, allowing only one touchdown in the first three games.  One of Mallet's strengths is his ability to hang tight in the pocket, and wait for his receivers to get open.  A strength that Alabama's defense is hoping to turn into a weakness.

"As a pass rusher, you do get excited when you know you're going to play against a guy who's going to sit in the pocket and try to execute his offense to the best of his abilities," Damion Square said. "Yeah, it does excite me as a pass rusher."

"Right now, we're licking our chops," Alabama linebacker Jerrell Harris said. "We're ready to play and show the world what we can do against one of the top teams."

It's Arkansas' first ranked opponent all season, with their toughest competition coming in their 31-24 win over Georgia.  When Georgia stormed back to tie the game, Mallet silenced the home crowd with three passes that covered 73 yards and scored a touchdown all with less than a minute remaining.  

While Alabama's defense has been stellar, their secondary is arguably the weakest piece of the unit.  It will be crucial for the Crimson Tide to put pressure on Mallet to keep him from connecting with his receivers for game-changing deep plays, especially with a rowdy home crowd that will be hungry for an upset.  Mallett has a chance to solidify his status as a Heisman frontrunner with a big game.  But more importantly, the Razorbacks have a chance to get a game ahead of the Crimson Tide in the SEC West.  They way both of these teams have been playing this season, the road to the SEC Championship game appears to run right through Fayetteville this Saturday.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 11:35 am

Sarkisian: Bush 'looks like an idiot again'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Steve Sarkisian and the Washington Huskies are getting ready for a big game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers today, but earlier in the week Sarkisian was busy talking about Reggie Bush forfeiting his Heisman Trophy on Tuesday, and then saying on Thursday that it wasn't an "admission of guilt."

It turns out that Sarkisian seems to have a lot in common with our own Adam Jacobi when it comes to his interpretation of Bush's claims that he's not admitting any wrongdoing by returning the trophy.  Though at least Jacobi was kind enough not to call Bush an idiot.

"He had a chance to apologize, look like the good guy," Sarkisian told ESPN's Shelley Smith. "But in giving it back and not apologizing, he just looks like an idiot again."

How do you really feel, coach?

Sarkisian, of course, was a member of the 2005 USC coaching staff when Reggie Bush was busy electrifying the country en route to his Heisman.  Odds are that the's not the only member of that Trojans team who feels this way about Bush right now, but for the moment, he's the only one saying it publicly.

Which is a shame, really, because Sarkisian is right.  If Bush forfeiting his Heisman isn't an admission of guilt then what exactly is it?  Bush made the right move by giving the trophy back, but by not admitting his part in the whole mess he's just taking one step forward to take another two back.
Posted on: September 13, 2010 7:04 pm

Vince Young would take Bush's Heisman

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last week former Texas Longhorns quarterback, and current Tennessee Titan , Vince Young 's mother asked everybody to leave Reggie Bush alone.  Just let the former Heisman winner keep his trophy and get on with the rest of his life.  To be more specific, Felicia Young actually said "we're not interested in having no honor and no glory out of somebody else that they are tearing down."

The we she was referring to were her and her son, Vince.  Well, Mrs. Young, you may want to have a talk with your son about that.  You see, he went on Sportscenter on Monday morning and told Hannah Storm something a bit different than that regarding whether or not he'd accept the trophy .

"I definitely want it, I definitely want it,'' said Young, who guided Texas to the national championship. "But he won it fair and square definitely, and it's much respect to Reggie, man. He had a great career and he's already won a Super Bowl before me. I'm already mad about that.

"But at the same time I am definitely happy for him, man, and he is definitely the Heisman Trophy winner for that year. But if they send it over to me I am not going to say no to it," Young said.

Whether or not Young will ever be presented the opportunity remains to be seen. 

The Heisman Trust is expected to meet on Tuesday and odds are that what they're going to do with Bush's Heisman will be a focal point of their discussions.  According to a report from Yahoo! last week, not only will Bush be stripped of his Heisman , but the award will be left vacant.

Those reports were refuted at the time, but we'll likely know for sure in the next couple of days.
Posted on: September 11, 2010 5:24 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 7:33 pm

Cue the Denard Robinson Heisman campaign

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's Denard Robinson 's world, we're all just loving watching every single second of it.

Whether you're a fan of the Michigan Wolverines or not, if you enjoy college football then there is no excuse for not being amazed at the feats of the Wolverines quarterback through the first two weeks of action.  After watching Robinson torch the Connecticut Huskies to the tune of 383 yards last weekend, the kid they call "Shoelace" picked up where he left off against Notre Dame .

He then surpassed his own ridiculous example.

By the time the dust settled on Michigan's 28-24 victory over the Irish, Robinson had amassed 502 yards of total offense.  Yes, you read that right, 502 yards.  Five - oh - two.  Most college football teams don't pick up that kind of yardage in a single game.  When Robinson wasn't picking the Notre Dame secondary apart for 244 yards he was letting his legs do the talking, and they talked alot.

Robinson set a new record for must rushing yards by a Big Ten quarterback with 258 yards on the ground, including an 87-yard scamper for a touchdown at the end of the first half, and a two-yard touchdown run to give the Wolverines the lead in the final minute.

Now, it's darn near impossible for a college football player to win the Heisman Trophy after only two games, but as of now if you don't think Denard Robinson is the clear cut favorite to take home the sport's most prestigious award, then you just haven't been watching.  In two games he's tallied 885 yards and five touchdowns.

What other player in all of college football has even come close to those numbers?

Granted, there's no guarantee that Robinson will be able to keep this pace up for the entire season -- if he does he'll finish the regular season with 5,310 total yards -- and to expect him to do so is somewhat ridiculous.  Still, after watching his first two games as Michigan's starting quarterback, you wouldn't be surprised if he did, either.

Posted on: September 8, 2010 3:26 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 3:28 pm

Vince Young's mom: leave Reggie Bush alone

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Dallas Morning News caught up with Vince Young's mother recently, and despite (refuted) reports that Reggie Bush is set to lose his 2005 Heisman Trophy, neither she nor her son are interested in Young receiving the award ex post facto:

"We're not interested in having no honor and no glory out of somebody else they are trying to tear down, no," Felicia Young said. "They did not give Vincent the Heisman when he was there, even though I know that my son, he was the one who should have had the Heisman, but God didn't see it that way. He gave it to Reggie Bush."

"I know that my son is not thinking about the Heisman because God blessed him with even more than just that piece of wood," Felicia Young said. "He blessed him with the National Championship."

"Leave (Reggie Bush) alone because his stats and his ability and everything that he did as a human being in playing football he did wonderful.

"I say to Reggie Bush today 'you keep your head up.' "

This is a wise stance for the Young family to take. Whether Young deserved the award or not, awarding it to Young five years after the fact on account of shady off-field business is the absolute wrong way to go about it. The ceremony happened, it's done, and reversing the decision would be just as unseemly as whatever Bush did to provide for his family.

Further, taking away Heisman Trophies is a road the Heisman Trust probably doesn't want to go down. After all, the probability that none of the previously named Heisman winners received improper gifts is, frankly, disturbingly slim. And the last thing the most hallowed trophy in collegiate athletics needs is a history littered with revocations.

Posted on: September 3, 2010 1:54 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 2:00 pm

Does Terrelle Pryor have inside track on Heisman?

Posted by Adam Jacobi

If a selection of voters is any indication, Terrelle Pryor is likely your (insanely) early leader for Heisman consideration. StiffArmTrophy.com announced the first voter survey of the season, and while Pryor isn't atop the list, he will be very soon:

rank player weighted% votes
1 Alabama RB Mark Ingram 100% 88
2 Ohio St QB Terrelle Pryor 99% 87
3 Washington QB Jake Locker 84% 74
4 Boise St QB Kellen Moore 81% 72
5 Houston QB Case Keenum 79% 70
6 Pitt RB Dion Lewis 77% 64
7 Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett 77% 69
8 Oregon St RB Jacquizz Rodgers 70% 59
9 Wisconsin RB John Clay 56% 47
10 Stanford QB Andrew Luck 53% 47

Yeah, Mark Ingram's not staying on top--especially the longer his knee forces him to sit on the sidelines.

It's important to note, though, that these types of lists don't behave in the same way a team poll would. For teams, it's pretty much a win-go-up, lose-go-down ordeal, and tracking stats is a much more nuanced process than that. Further, these are all purely projections for 2010; Terrelle Pryor wasn't even a Heisman finalist last year, so it's not as if he's being rewarded for past performance or anything. Thus, if he doesn't meet those expectations, he'll tumble down the list--there are way too many quarterbacks west of the Mississippi who'll be putting up absurd stats this year.

Aside from the top 10 listed above, the only non-QB, non-RB candidates in the top 25 are Georgia WR A.J. Green at no. 16, Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn at no. 23, and Alabama WR Julio Jones at no. 25. Jones seems comically underrated, but as mentioned earlier, this is early. If he puts up numbers, he'll rise up this list, and if he doesn't, they'll find someone else. 

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