Monday, November 26, 2012

Who Should Win the Heisman Trophy?

Well, we were wrong here.
The freshman got it.
It just goes to show how much these awards are influenced by hype.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o should win the 2012 Heisman Trophy.

See Mark L. Baer of U.S. Presswire at Bleacher Report in
Heisman Trophy 2012: Manti Te'o's Closing Argument.

Not only football, but also off-field performance are important factors for winning the Heisman, also for Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, .

Manziel is the current betting favorite, but we remain skeptical. Hype alone is not enough to win an award. One game alone is not enough to win an award.

It may happen that Manziel could win the Heisman Trophy somewhere down the road in his career, but this should not be the year. You have to grow up a bit to get an award like that. Being a Heisman winner means you take your place among the greats of the sport. A couple of good games as a freshman are simply not enough, quite apart from off-field problems.

Indeed, Aaron Murray of Georgia has the best QB stats in 2012.

Murray may not be a running quarterback, but why should he be?
Tony Dungy thinks the NFL's Kansas City franchise should take Murray if he declares for the NFL draft after this, his junior year. Otherwise, Murray is seen as the 2nd-ranked QB for the NFL draft for 2014.

We understand that people have put up a lot of hype for Manziel because of the Aggies upset of Alabama, but let us look at Manziel's stats.

Manziel ranks
18th in QB ratings with 155.9,
compared to Aaron Murray, Georgia 1st with 177.1
and A.J. McCarron, Alabama, 2nd, with 176.3

Manziel ranks 16th in yards per pass with 8.5, where Aaron Murray is 1st with 10 yards per pass

Manziell ranks 24th in TDs thrown with 24, behind Seth Doege, Texas Tech, 1st with 38 and Aaron Murray with 30

Manziel has thrown 8 interceptions, Murray 7

There is no doubt that Manziel is an excellent running and throwing quarterback, but the best player in the nation? Not yet.

In terms of rushing, Braxton Miller of Ohio State is the leading rushing quarterback, running for 1271 yards, ranking 20th among all rushers, while Manziel is 28th with 1181 yards, closely followed by Denard Robinson at 30th with 1166 yards, in spite of being hobbled by an injury toward season's end

In terms of scoring, Collin Klein of Kansas State leads the quarterbacks with 120 points, followed by Manzeil with 114. We are never overly impressed by this statistic at quarterback, since it is the running backs and receivers who should be doing the scoring. Football is not a one-man show but a team sport.

That Manziel has had an excellent freshman season is clear, but he is not -- yet -- the best football player or the best quarterback in college football.

Character still has to be learned and earned.

Perhaps that is why a freshman has never won the Heisman, and we do not believe it willl happen this year either.

Crossposted from SportPundit.

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