Everything You Need To Know About Heisman `07
Is another Trojan set to take home the hardware?
May 17, 2007
By Chris Huston
Special to CSTV.com from HeismanPundit.com
The Heisman Pundit breaks down the top players for CSTV.com.
Summer is fast approaching, which means that college football preview magazines will soon be hot off the presses.
Every one of those publications will put out a Heisman list. Before you take them to heart, though, be sure to check out my Heisman primer for 2007.
What's In A Name?: This is the 50th anniversary of John David Crow's Heisman year for Texas A&M. If USC's John David Booty makes a serious run for the trophy, expect these two to be linked in a story or two.
Bo Never Knew: The last 20 years has seen a ton of great SEC running backs, but
It's A Quarterback's Game: Running backs won every Heisman from 1972 to 1983, but this decade has been dominated by the quarterback position. Five of the last six Heismans have been won by signal callers.
Tradition Counts: Ten of the last 12 Heisman winners (and 13 of the last 16) have come from the following schools--USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida State, Miami, Texas and Michigan. There is a good chance that the next Heisman will also come from this group.
Multi-Purpose Anniversary: Twenty years ago, Tim Brown ran, caught and returned his way to Notre Dame's seventh Heisman. Ten years ago, Charles Woodson showed his versatility on both sides of the ball and won
What's In A Name, Pt. 2: Two quarterbacks named Colt are expected to make a run at this year's Heisman. However, both will have to overcome serious obstacles to succeed. Colt McCoy of Texas is just a sophomore and no player from that class has ever won the trophy. Colt Brennan, a senior, might have a better shot. However, he plays for
Close Race? The last two Heisman races have been blowouts, with Reggie Bush and Troy Smith winning by record margins. This year's race promises to be a bit closer, as there is no overwhelming preseason favorite. McFadden was last year's runner-up and would normally be the next in line, but the troubles at
Dark Horses: If you want to find a Heisman dark horse, look no further than the Big 12.
Best Candidates By League:
SEC: Darren McFadden
Big East: Steve Slaton
Pac-10: John David Booty
Big Ten: Mike Hart
Big 12: Jamaal Charles
ACC: C.J. Spiller
WAC: Colt Brennan
Completely Superficial Coincidence: The last three running backs to win the Heisman--and four of the last five--had first names beginning with the letter R. So...Ray Rice, come on down!
Heisman Count By School
School that will most likely get to eight Heismans first: USC. The Trojans have recruited better than anyone of late. Their roster is loaded with potential candidates in the coming years.
Non-Traditional Power Most Likely To Produce A Heisman in the Near Future: West Virginia. The Mountaineer offense is exciting and allows its players to put up impressive numbers. If Slaton doesn't win it, White might.
Unlikeliest School To Never Win A Heisman:
Mark `Em Down:
These games will determine the Heisman winner in '07...
Sept. 1--Tennessee at
Sept. 15--USC at
Notre Dame at
Oct. 20--USC at Notre Dame
Nov. 8--Louisville at
Dec. 1--UCLA at USC
Players Who Will Be Best Set Up For A Heisman Run in '08:
(This list assumes that both Darren McFadden and Steve Slaton will go pro following this season)
C.J. Spiller, Clemson