somehow we're only 124th
Our old friend Charles Woodson is a 14 Seed facing off against 1988 Derrick Thomas from Alabama. Voting is pretty straight forward.
Today started off like any other day. At about 8am, my co-worker said "Hey, I got a metal crate shipped to me for an advertising promotion. I think you're going to want to see this." So, in an attempt to avoid any real work, I followed him. The crate looked somewhat important:
So he opened it and everyone looked at me as I melted down like the Nintendo 64 kid on Christmas:
Apparently it is making the rounds prior to the season starting. This is the replica that is used for College Gameday, but it still looks pretty awesome:
Of course, two of my co-workers suggested a road trip to Ann Arbor to present it to Devin. I reminded them that this kind of talk is frowned upon in sports due to the overwhelming presence of superstition. They settled for this picture:
I'm bringin this up because it is already being vomited on ad nauseum in every sports media source. For the latest, see eveyone's favorite hated man--Skip Bayless.
The obvious question: does Te'o deserve the Heisman trophy? More importantly to this fan base, how does Te'o's season compare to Charles Woodson's Heisman winning season. (the only primarily defensive player to ever win the award)
Cursory facts to consider:
- Stand out plays (Heisman "moments")
- Overall performance
- Winning a National Championship
- Tough competition (2nd Place Peyton Manning vs...)
- Strength of opposition
- Rest of the team
Have at it!
Edit: I feel like I opened Pandora's box here by mentioning Skip Bayless and some opinions he had. Everyone and their mother has been mentioning Te'o as a Hiesman candidate--Bayless was just the most recent article I
read became aware of.
Mike Huguenin of Yahoo! Sports put together a top 10 of this season's Heisman contenders and our Denard Robinson checks in at #3.
Here's what he had to say about Denard:
3. QB Denard Robinson, Michigan
Buzz: This will be the final go-round for one of the most exciting players to ever wear the maize-and-blue. Robinson has 8,160 yards of total offense and has been responsible for 75 TDs in his career. At times last season, he didn't look entirely comfortable in coordinator Al Borges' offense, yet he still was responsible for 36 touchdowns. "Shoelace" is at his best as an improviser, which means he is going to have perhaps the best highlight package of any player in the nation this season.
I'd argue against his characterization as an improviser. Denard has a tendency to force throws when he should take off instead, leading to a lot of picks. While he may have improved as the season went on, forcing throws isn't exactly a characteristic of improvisation in a QB who has Denard's ability to run. Anyways, if Denard is going to win the Heisman, the key is obviously going to be improving his passing. Hopefully a 2nd year in Borges' offense and no staph infection in his arm will help with that.
The top 10 Heisman contenders:
10. LB Larvis Jones, Georgia
9. QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson
8. WR De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon
7. QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma
6. QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
5. RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
4. QB Geno Smith, West Virgnia
3. QB Denard Robinson, Michigan
2. RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin
1. QB Matt Barkley, USC
Davey O'Brien (top quarterback)1. Matt Barkley, USC
2. Denard Robinson, Michigan
3. Geno Smith, West Virginia
EA revealed today that RG3 will be on the cover of NCAA 13 this July, but he won't be the only person. He will share the cover with a former Heisman winner who wins a poll (the choices include Barry Sanders, Charlie Ward, of course Desmond, and that one running back from Ohio during the mid-90s). Voting begins March 13th.
Get the MGoBots ready, time to make Desmond the first 2-time cover athlete in the NCAA series (way after he was done playing at that).