January 9th, 2013 at 12:52 PM ^

Lewan is ranked as a top 15 prospect by most, and CBS ranks him 8th.  In all likelihood, if he goes, he will sign a contract that will give him a 10-15 year "jump start" on any career he could get with a degree.  I would bet that Brady Hoke has enough integrity that he has advised Lewan to go now and not risk coming back and getting injured.

I'd love to see him come back, but there is no guarantee that he would be this high on the board if he hurt himself next year.  I can't imagine him coming back.


January 9th, 2013 at 2:50 PM ^

Peyton was the favorite to win the Heisman from the start.  He had a Heisman type year too.  However, Chuck wanted it more.

I currently work for a company that has a plant just north of Knoxville.  Most of the guys (and gals) are bitter against us because of Chuck.  I just say, "The best man won".  You talk about anger.  One of the women admitted that she cried when Peyton lost.  She still has the front page of the Knoxville Paper and the headlines read "HEISMAN HELD HOSTAGE"  The narrative says: "It is obvious to the entire nation that Manning deserved to win"  

Errr the writer forgot to add '...the "Tennessee" Nation.....

Now T has not had anything to cheer about recently so they hold on to the "Stolen Heisman".


January 9th, 2013 at 1:11 PM ^

It would be cool if he were to sell the twosie and give the proceeds to Mott's or some other charity.  I would love to bid on that.  He should be able to upgrade to a badazz Trek or Cannondale twosie after draft day.

Lucky Socks

January 9th, 2013 at 12:20 PM ^

And should go.  Lots of money on the table and stock probably can't get any higher.  I think he's at or close to his degree.  

Only incentive would be 1) B10 Championship and 2) Fun in college but he's been here 4 years and I think it's good for our program to have elite guys leave and get drafted early.


SF Wolverine

January 9th, 2013 at 12:21 PM ^

He goes in the draft fresh off of a very solid performance against a top 5 pick next year, or, he stays and devastates people for another year.

Hard to see how a kid who is likely a top 10 pick stays another year, but who knows.  Barkley is not the example I would use.  He really screwed himself by staying; injury + poor performance = wish I would have got a better degree.


January 9th, 2013 at 5:05 PM ^

..........but I don't think he hurt it much at all, either. On the year he completed nearly 64% of his passes and threw 36 TD's to 15 int's, going for 3300 yards in 11 games. Last year he was at 69% passing, throwing for 39 TD's to 7 int's for 3500 yards in 12 games.


His completion percentage wasn't that big of a drop-off from last year, and his yardage per game actually picked up a little, throwing nearly the same TD's per game. His biggest negative this year is the int's, which more than doubled. Overall, though, I'd say that his 2012 and 2011 seasons were similar, in terms of his performance.


Now that I've essentially defended a player I dislike, from a team that I hate, I'm gonna go throw up now.