It’s time for the NCAA’s biggest award, the Heisman Trophy. I wanted to author a small write-up in hopes to get a few opinions about the course that this trophy has taken. Who should win this award and why.
This year the finalists are all underclassmen. The line-up consists of three quarterbacks, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. While I do believe that each of these players are incredible athletes in their own right, I don’t know if they embody what the Heisman used to stand for.
I may be wrong but with my opinion but I think the Heisman should not go to the best player on the best team but instead should go to the best player in college football. I know that a player’s character also plays into this but how else should this award winner be decided? I like to think the only fair way to truly judge a players abilities is to decide which team would suffer the most without them on it.
Take Tua from Alabama and Jalen Hurts steps in and they likely still go undefeated. Remove Haskins from Ohio State and the Buckeyes more than likely still end up in a New Year’s Six Bowl Game. Drop Kyler Murray from Oklahoma and that team loses at least three games with that sieve of a defense.
With that reasoning, I would be fine with Murray winning the coveted prize but I am not sure the other two should even be in New York as finalists. I would lean towards Will Grier of West Virginia, Ian Book of Notre Dame, or Benny Snell of Kentucky as my additional finalists.
I find it hard to get behind Tua Tagovailoa when he is surrounded by elite athletes. Alabama has only played one game this year against a team with similar athletes and that was Georgia, who shut down Tua and the high powered offense until Hurts came in. It also seems that Ohio State rotates quarterbacks in every year that put up video game numbers. That leads me to believe that Urban Meyer’s system has as much to do with his success as his abilities.
Do any of you feel the same way or am I way off base here? Please comment and let me know your thoughts.