This year probably won't see a quarterback at the podium accepting the trophy. While there are a few in the running, it occurs to me that none will have the QB chops and be on the best team in the land. Some examples:
- Geno Smith, QB, WVU - Dana Holgorsen's offense will deter voters despite the gaudy stats. They'll also have a couple inexplicable losses come December 1st.
- AJ McCarron, QB, Bama - Bama bangs and a caretaker mentality don't get you a bronze statue. Very good though, unassumingly.
- Braxton Miller, QB, tOSU - Doesn't feel right voting for a guy who's team has a postseason ban. And they'll lose eventually when the competition stiffens up. They have no other playmakers.
- Collin Klein, QB, KSU - Best team in the land, KSU is not.
Despite my earlier opinion that a QB won't be winning the award this year, ESPN's Heisman Predictor has.... drum roll.... Aaron Murray out front at number one ($$$). So yeah, this thing, I don't get what the deal is here. Let's think about it.
- Murray's numbers are pretty darn good, even though we all see him up and down, up and down - third in YPA, 11th in passer rating, close to 300 ypg.
- Schedule is VERY favorable, even though it looks less favorable than 4 weeks ago. Heisman voters love an undefeated team. Think the computer gives him a lot of points for this one.
- Media exposure. He'll be getting the national attention the others won't.
While all of these sound good, I don't believe he'll come close to winning it. Why? Because he's an SEC quarterback and SEC QB's aren't as exciting to watch. There's not usually a running threat, huge numbers because of a spread offense, and, by consequence, a large number of WOW! plays. It's not because he doesn't have the capacity, it's because we play old man football and regardless of how you feel about Mr. Richardson's comments, he's right.
Does anyone really enjoy watching guys in hoverounds?