Keep in mind that the Blog Hawgs Heisman 5+1 was created not to predict how Heisman voters would vote or who would actually win the Heisman Trophy, but who should win the Heisman Trophy.
Like most years, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner will be the person who should win it… unless the voters brainlessly decide that a freshman cannot be the pick.
As for invitees to the presentation, I think the Heisman Trust should either invite only Johnny Manziel and Collin Klein or all six of the players I’ve listed here. How do you choose between Marqise Lee and Tavon Austin or Nick Florence and Tajh Boyd? You can’t.
That won’t happen though. The voters will cave to the ESPN/NBC hype and send the defensive player who isn’t ranked in the top 50 in the country in total tackles to the ceremony. Don’t misunderstand me, I think Manti Te’o is a great player, but he’s not even the best defensive player in the country.
1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (3,419 yards passing, 68.3%, 24 TD’s, 8 INT’s; 1,181 yards rushing, 6.4 ypc, 19 TD’s) The Heisman is his. He has been most impressive in his debut season. He put up better total offensive stats than Cam Newton and made an Alabama defense look silly. A player’s age should have no bearing on the award.
2. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State (2,306 yards passing, 66.7%, 14 TD’s, 6 INT’s; 787 yards rushing, 4.6 ypc, 20 TD’s) Klein was off this past week. He has one more game this week, but nothing short of 750 total yards and 8 touchdowns could surpass Johnny Trademark at this point.
3. Nick Florence, QB, Baylor (3,825 yards passing, 61.4%, 30 TD’s, 13 INT’s; 436 yards rushing, 8 TD’s) Baylor will probably end up with two more losses under Nick Florence than under Robert Griffin, III, but the stats are going to be almost identical.
4. Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (1,156 yards receiving, 105 receptions, 11.0 ypr, 12 TD’s; 521 yards rushing, 10.6 ypc, 2 TD’s; 28 kickoff returns, 738 yards, 26.3 ypr, 1 TD; 15 punt returns, 165 yards, 11.0 ypr, 1 TD) Tavon put up over 2,500 yards total offense and had more receiving and rushing yards than former Heisman-winning Notre Dame receiver Tim Brown.
5. Marqise Lee, WR, USC (1,680 yards receiving, 112 receptions, 15.0 ypr, 14 TD’s; 110 yards rushing, 11.0 ypc; 28 kickoff returns, 802 yards, 28.6 ypr, 1 TD) Marqise wasn’t so marquee these past few weeks, but that no doubt has more to do with losing his quarterback than anything else.
+1. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (3,550 yards passing, 66.6%, 34 TD’s, 13 INT’s; 439 yards rushing, 5 TD’s)