6Magazine’s Heisman BallotDecember 7, 2011
The Heisman Trophy winner will be announced this Saturday and if we here at 6Magazine had a vote here is how we would rank the top three. Andrew Luck is not mentioned because quite simply we believe he is not even the best QB in the Pac-12, that honor belongs to USC’s, Matt Barkley. Trent Richardson isn’t listed either. He didn’t have an Adrian Peterson or Ricky Williams type Heisman finalist year. That being said, here is how we believe the voting play out Saturday.
3. Tyrann Mathieu
Mathieu, better known as the “Honey Badger” might be the best football player in the country pound for pound. Agression is the name of the game. Whether Mathieu is returning a punt, attacking a kick returner, or assaulting a quarterback from the blind side, this guy is aggression in its purest form. The Honey Badger seems to always be around the ball making huge impact plays game after game. He already set the career SEC record for forced fumbles as a sophmore. To better understand the how the 5’9″ Mathieu imposes his will on the game think about this. When is the last time a player was invited to the Heisman ceremony with 2 interceptions and 1.5 sacks? Mathieu has saved the Tigers with two electrifying punt returns for touchdowns that really broke open tight games versus Arkansas and Georgia. Aside from his suspension for the Auburn game, Tyrann has been phenomenonal. The Honey Badger is a great talent and deseves to be in New York for the ceremony, yet he will not win, but then again Honey Badgers Dont Care.
The influence of the media is downright funny sometimes and nowhere is this more apparent than with Wisconsin’s Monte Ball. Ball is on pace to break the regular season touchdown record set by the legend and former Heisman Trophy winner, Barry Sanders. As a running back to be metioned in the same breath as Barry Sanders should be enough to get you to the Heisman ceremony every year you are eligible. Yet, it’s funny – I only saw Ball’s name getting thrown around for the Heisman within the last two weeks. How in the world do you rush for 1,759 yards and account for 38 touchdowns and not be the clear frontrunner? The only negative is that he only scored two touchdowns in both of Wisconsin’s heartbreaking losses. That isn’t enough for me though. Nine out of ten years, Ball would be taking the Heisman home….but this is not one of those nine years.
Once again if you are a mindless ESPN zombie, the media has been forcing Andrew Luck’s Heisman Trophy down your throat since he came back to Stanford earlier this year. However, an upstart from Waco re-aligned the stars, literally and figuativley in a magical season that should only culminate in winning the Heisman Trophy. Robert Griffin III, aka RG3, as he is better known has Baylor ranked the highest ever in the program’s history. Even in losses Griffin has been a cool customer, always throwing for 300 or 400 plus yards. Griffin has the best deep ball accuracy since recent Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford and leads the country in passer rating 192.3. RG3 posted 3,998 passing yards with 36 touchdowns against only 6 interceptions. To put his season in perspective, he had more passing touchdowns than Andrew Luck with less interceptions — WITH less attempts than Luck. Griffin III may be the best athlete in the NCAA, but you forget that because he’s just so smooth in the pocket. RG3 still managed to run for 644 yards and 9 touchdowns on the year. I truly believe that if anybody else walks away with the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, it will be a travesty and highway robbery. Hopefully, people do the right thing for once.
I’m just saying–