So it's Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey who will suit up and make the trip to Times Square for the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Saturday. Who will win it? I'm going to recuse myself, because I'm a Stanford fan who's still pissed that Toby Gerhart didn't win it in 2009. Gerhart came in second to Mark Ingram, Jr. by 28 points -- the closest vote in Heisman history. I guess leading the nation in rushing yards, rushing TDs and points scored isn't good enough to overcome the SEC bias, so ... sorry, am I ranting?
The main thing that McCaffrey's got going against him is that he's only a sophomore -- otherwise, he broke the NCAA record for all-purpose yards (Barry Sanders, 3,250) in a win over USC on Saturday. He had 1,847 yards and eight touchdowns rushing, 540 yards and four touchdowns receiving and 1,042 yards on kickoff returns. Isn't that the definition of MVP?
Watson led Clemson into the College Football Playoff finals four with 5,312 yards passing with 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also ran for 887 yards and 11 touchdowns, and he's also a sophomore.
And then you have your Henry, who rushed for 1,986 yards and 23 touchdowns and led Alabama to the College Football Playoff finals. He has to be considered the favorite.
Come to think of it, couldn't we have two winners this year? We have a spare trophy, the one that O.J. Simpson was made to forfeit, so let's give it to someone on Saturday who isn't in prison.
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