Let’s talk about the Heisman Trophy. Not who will win it, but who won’t.
No South Carolina player will win it. Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had a realistic shot in the preseason but underwhelming numbers doomed his candidacy long ago. Quarterback Connor Shaw and running back Mike Davis have both been mentioned in places as fringe candidates, but they won’t win it either. Nor should they.
Shaw has been fantastic this season, throwing 18 touchdowns versus just one interception while displaying remarkable toughness. Davis leads the SEC in rushing, and that’s no easy feat. But neither is the most outstanding player in college football, and that’s OK.
You know who else is not going to win it. Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, who is a great college football player and maybe on his way to a third national title. Here’s an Alabama columnist asking if folks can’t just enjoy all that McCarron has done without saying he has to win the Heisman and without letting a Heisman-less season diminish his accomplishments. Amen.
As a Heisman voter, I’ll tell you that the most outstanding player in college football is the same player it was last year – Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. He may not win his second straight statue, but if he doesn’t, it will be because folks are tired of the Johnny Manziel Show, not because it’s not a spectacular show. In case you haven’t been keeping up, Manziel has completed 73 percent of his passes for 3,313 yards, 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season.
Around the SEC:
Speaking of Johnny Football, LSU is reportedly using one of the best wide receivers in the country to simulate his athletic ability in practice as the Tigers prepare for the Aggies.
Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease probably will be looking for a job in the offseason, but for now he is pushing through in Gainesville.
“It's the same thing we tell the kids, you've got to be mentally tough,” Pease said. “You've got to shut it out sometimes. And I understand what people are saying and (what they are) frustrated with.”