I know this isn't about the Dolphins, but it should be here since the presentation is this Saturday.
I have to say I still don't understand why this isn't a land slide. Larry Johnson is the only canidate. I am a Hurricane fan, but I still don't think you can overlook what he has done this season. Only 9 other RBs in the history of College football have ran for 2000 yards. Only nine other people in the history of college football have gained more combined(rec+rush) yards than Johnson. How long has gollege football been around 110-120 years? That means 1 player every 1.2 decades has put up the numbers LJ has eclipsed this year. Add to that 23 tds, 350 yards receiving, and takeing a team that won 4 games last year to 9-3 and a top 15 ranking.
Sure Dorsey had a great career, but this a year award not a career achivement. This isn't the freaking grammys for christ sakes. His stats were very good, but they don't stick out like a soar thumb. I also don't see Florida A&M on Penn St's schedule.
Then you have the Miami arguement that takes alot away from both canidates from Miami. Not just having each other, but having their whole offensive football team. It must be nice to have 1 of the top 5 wrs in college football, 1 of the top 5 TEs in college football, 1 of the top 5 QBs in college football, 1 of the top 5 RBs in college football, and I think the best offensive line in college football for the 2nd straight year. This team is so good from top to bottom they have to take away from what any 1 player does there. If you want to give the Heisman to someone on the Hurricanes give it to Butch Davis.
MaGhee had a great year, but along with the above his stats don't compare to what Johnson did. 330 yards less 4 more TDs, and more talent on his bench than LJ has starting with him. The main thing is college football sees 1600 yards every years. Tehy see 2000 every 12.
Carson Palmer he had a great year, but it just donesn't measure up what has been done by QBs in the past. He also plays in the Pac-10. Who doesn't pass for 30 tds and 3000 yards in the pac-10? The true freshman from AZ st hit 3000 this year didn't he? It wasn't good enough for Harrington why would it be good enough for Palmer.
Brad Banks is the only guy that should be sitting in NYC with LJ. Great year. He took a nothing program, and made them 11-1. He toasted the oppostion with his feet and more so with his arm. Great leader, and the underdog element is huge. If it wasn't the season where a RB did something that has only been done 9 times I would hand you the heisman, but you lose.
I know he is going to lose, but it is sad. I was listening to ESPN radio today, and it seems that the Heisman has turned in to something similar to the presidental race. They were saying how Plamer would win the west, Banks and Johnson will cancel each other out because they will split the big 10 votes, and Willis shuld win because he should get the most 2nd to 3rd place votes. Please this is football, Penn St had the least talent around Larry, but he lead them back to respectability, while putting up stats that only can be compared to 9 other RBs in the history of the game. Can you say that about the others based on this season alone?