Who enters the 2016 campaign as candidate for the Heisman?
Who enters the 2016 campaign as candidate for the Heisman?Although it is a recognition of college football –and that is not linked at all to the potential success in rows professional– no individual football award that enjoys the mystique that the Heisman Trophy.For this year, we have grouped twelve candidates in four triads, according to the odds that we have to win the bronze statuette in the image of Ed Smith, a player from the University of New York in the 1930s.
Thus, we calculated a 50 percent chance to take him a player of the first three candidates, 20 percent probability for a player of the second circuit, up 15 percent chance for a player from the third short list and 10 percent chance for some players dela fourth triple. The remaining 5 percent is divided between the remaining players of the NCAA, thinking that one of them can stand as the “black horse” of the season and surprise us all.
Without further ado, we present the dozen players whom we see as the best candidates to win the Heisman 2016.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Louisiana State
It can be argued that, to the extent Week 7 of last season, Fournette could have been considered the leader in the race for the Heisman. Until then, Fournette land averaged 7.7 yards per carry, with 193.1 rushing yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game. That was, of course, before crashing into a defensive Alabama that limited him to 31 yards on 19 carries in a day when Derrick Henry had his “Heisman moment”, accumulating and three touchdowns 210 yards. The rest of the campaign Fournette never again draw attention in the same way, but with all that finished sixth in the voting for the trophy. Fournette –quien to be the first player chosen in the next draft– is a campaign of revenge.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
With all due respect for the achievements of Henry, McCaffrey was the best player in NCAA last year. The versatile runner Stanford, who finished second in voting for the Heisman, amassed 2,019 rushing yards with eight touchdowns, along with 645 receiving yards with five touchdowns. As if that were not enough, he added more than 1,000 yards in kickoff returns, scored touchdowns on kickoff return and punt, and as if all that were not enough, threw two touchdown passes. If Stanford would have had a better campaign and had cast the college football playoff, it is likely that the Heisman had been for the son of former wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, Ed McCaffrey.
DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
He finished third in voting for the Heisman last year, and the fact that commands the offensive runner-up team automatically puts him in the crosshairs of voters. The quarterback position is usually too lenient when Heisman, but this season has been dubbed “The Year of the Corridor”, could be double-edged sword for Watson. Never a Clemson player took the coveted statuette.
As a freshman, Barrett ended fifth in the Heisman voting in 2014, when it took Marcus Mariota. However, in that same year he suffered an injury that took the chance to contest the college football playoff that ultimately represent the last national title for the Buckeyes to date. Last year, he started the season on the bench in favor of Cardale Jones, but regained his place among the headlines midseason. Like his immediate predecessors at Ohio State, will not be a coveted recruits in the draft pin in position, but get the Heisman represent the culmination of a story of personal redemption for Barrett.
It is hard to imagine a more explosive runner from the backfield to Cook. However, the third-year player needs to prove he can stay healthy for the entire season. His average of 7.4 yards per carry with a total of 19 touchdowns in 2015 are a good epilogue to Cook, whether to build on that towards a Heisman campaign. He finished seventh in votes for the award last season.
This is one of the biggest surprises of last season. This is a quarterback who originally arrived without a scholarship to Texas Tech in 2013 before transferring to Oklahoma, where he sent Trevor Knight to the bench (and eventually to Texas A & M). In Norman, he soon show their quality, leading the Sooners to the college football playoff, where they fell to eventual champion Alabama.
Oregon stayed away from the expectations created for the program in 2015 after a season that saw them reach the second place. For those who play on teams that fail to get the college football playoff, the chances of winning the Heisman grow exponentially. Fortunately for Freeman, Oregon fight again the title of the Pac-12, and to top it off, play at a university that although does not have the tradition of other institutions, is the most media today.
After serving as a substitute for Tajh Boyd in Clemson in 2013, the nephew of Jim Kelly made the right decision to seek more playing time at another school. It was a wise decision, because Kelly would not play ahead of Watson in 2014. Last year, Ole Miss had brilliant moments in the campaign, and Kelly was responsible for many of them. All equipment of the Rebels, it is likely that Kelly is not consistent enough to permanently keep the Heisman. However, Mississippi will scare more on the way and that will win votes for the coveted trophy.
There was a pin freshman who speak better last season than Rosen, beyond Jake Browning in Wahington culminated with a rate slightly higher pin). UCLA has sent very interesting to NFL defensive talent in recent years, but Rosen looks at this as premature –even a career-quarterback a future first-round time. The Bruins have drawn the attention of the rest of the country enough in recent years to suggest that Rosen could assemble a sufficiently large media campaign to run for the trophy, as long as his play on the field it up.
–and Only the last time– a player who played primarily on the defensive side of the ball, it was a versatile defensive back who contributed to the offensive and special teams returner for Michigan who was champion Charles Woodson. The Wolverines promise to be protagonists in the Big-10 in the second season of Jim Harbaugh to the front, and Peppers has qualities to duplicate the feat of Woodson. Of course, the odds are against Peppers, who occupy a hybrid linebacker role in 2015 to Michigan.
The broker Oklahoma landed on everyone’s radar in 2014 when he was dispatched with 427 rushing yards and five touchdowns against Kansas, dueling Week 11, just a few days after having scored four times to West Virginia. Perine numbers were not as spectacular in 2015, but is expected to broker the Sooners reload the rushing attack a picture Oklahoma hopes to repeat in the college football playoff. Of course, the fact that playing in the same backfield Mayfield detracts attention to Perine.
With only two Heisman winners –ambos very recientes– in a long history full of successes, should not be too surprised that Alabama reach 2016 without a clear candidate among the favorites for the coveted statuette. Ridley is the most explosive Tide player, and one of the most versatile in the nation. As a freshman, he uncorked with 89 catches and 1,045 yards with seven touchdowns for national champions. Those numbers are expected to grow in his second season as part Tide attack, although it must be said: the last open receiver gain Heisman was Desmond Howard in 1991 to Michigan.