The Heisman Trophy is college football’s most prestigious award since University of Chicago fullback Jay Berwanger was awarded the first hard weapon prototype in 1935. Since then, Chicago has dropped the ball program. kick and this award became Defender of the Year. That laziness led Heisman voters to completely ignore those featured in other positions.
There’s no better example of that midfield hyperfocus than the 2022 season of the Heisman finalists featuring Caleb Williams, Max Duggan, CJ Stroud and, uhhh… Stetson Bennett? Caleb Williams, the well-deserved winner, was knocked off the College Football Qualifier line just hours before he was allowed in. However, it feels like USC is always on the sidelines this season while most of the nation is focused on Bryce Young and CJ Stroud.
Stroud made it to the knockout stages after his worst game of the season, but it was hard to knock him too far when he was knocked out by a Michigan No. 2 at home in The Big Game and made a few interceptions for the second time in his career as a starter. Still, Ohio State produces signal callers that post Heisman-worthy numbers regularly when Apple releases new iPhones. He was also thrown into the most stacked studio in the country for two years. Last year, two Ohio State WRs (and one transfer) were drafted with picks 10, 11, and 12. None of those three were even their read receivers.
Sophomore Jaxon Smith-Njigba has taken corners in a cookie during his sophomore campaign, but has played only three games this season. In his absence, Marvin Harrison Jr. established themselves as the first receivers made in the 2024 Draft. Smith-Njigba and Emegba Egbuka became the second pair of Ohio State receivers to cross the 1,000-foot distance while Mr. Pennsylvania Football twice had to get into a position where he could fit in.
TCU’s Max Duggan created the most memorable Heisman moment of the weekend as he plunged down the pitch again and again for what felt like a 120-yard drive to force stoppage time in the Big Championship Game 12. The nation knows that he has a special talent for his arms, as evidenced by his 30:4 touch-to-block ratio. However, in the closing game against Kansas State, Duggan scrambled for 95 yards, then darted straight into the bottom area when converting to 2 points.
Putting Georgia midfielder Stetson Bennett on the field will raise your eyebrows. Simply put, his Heisman resume is weak. Bennett became the closest person to the SEC’s “Rudy” story by matriculating from the smaller UGA walker in 2017 to the starter of Jones County Community College, back in Georgia after high school. two more inches, waiting for Jake Fromm, only making money starting in the COVID 2020 season when Vanderbilt turned down Jamie Newman transfer, then beat JT Daniels 5 stars in early 2021.
After winning the job starting with Daniels, Bennett had a better chance of getting a Heisman moment in the classroom than on the field. Instead, he manages the fourth-best quarterback rating in the country but is rarely asked to win a game.
In addition to managing fouls in the UGA’s comeback win over Missouri, Bennett has been asked to do less than he did in Georgia’s 2021 championship. Even after making four touchdowns in LSU’s SEC Championship game, Bennett made a meager 20 touchdowns in 13 starts. Defending winner Heisman Bryce Young wasn’t even invited to return with a production lower than those for the two-game losing Alabama team, two points behind after an unbeaten season. During his return on the road in Texas, Young manipulated his inner Mahomes to pull off one of the most incredible prison breaks of the season.
On the other hand, Georgia isn’t reliant on Bennett’s arm to power the nation’s 11th-ranked goal. He surprising wheel flashing, scored six hasty touchdowns, but UGA was powered by the sun by a defense that destroyed the opposition’s morale. Bennett’s job is to avoid turns or mental errors, throw shovel passes into his Brock Bowers net or let Ladd McConkey utility receiver.
Not long after the dawn of the forward passing era, Davey O’Brien became the first quarterback to win a Heisman in 1938 after throwing 19 touchdowns in 10 games. The last time a Heisman quarterback reached a final with fewer than 25 touches was in 2001 when Eric Crouch broke the NCAA career record for touchdowns with a midfielder on his way to 18 touches in the first half. Map of Nebraska’s three picks while tallying more than 1,100 yards above ground. Bennett is a throwback to the days when quarterbacks had real jobs after college to supplement their NFL side jobs.
What a travesty that Heisman voters are so focused on the anointed protagonist for every knockout team to consider a minor character more deserving of Heisman’s honor. For the second year in a row, Georgia’s best player featured in their defence. Bulldogs defensive save Jalen Carter made the decisive play of the SEC Championship Game last week when he pushed an obstacle out of his way to Jayden Daniels, lifting the LSU quarterback like a teddy bear that he won at the carnival, and took first place gesturing with his right arm above his head.
Before tearing his ACL, Hendon Hooker ran around Bennett until he ran into the UGA chainsaw defense. Deuce Vaughn best impressed Darren Sproles around 2003 to win the Big 12 title while Bijan Robinson overcame goalscorers like Eric Dickerson. But in this day and age, that is not enough. Heisman voters became lazy and downplayed the meaning of the award throughout the process.