Anyone want to handicap the 2013 Heisman Race? Me too. Let's do this.
THE DARK HORSE
Marion Grice - Arizona State
JUCO transfer from Blinn (Does Cam Newton ring a bell), he ran 103 times for 679 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 41 balls for 425 yards and 8 touchdowns.
On His Side
Hype going into the season. After last years monster bowl win, it is going to be hard for them to fly under the radar
- They play 6 ranked teams, 4 in their first 5 games. This is going to give them exposure where there otherwise may not be any
- 7 home games
- The fact that everyone else is getting attention but him, is going to allow him to focus on his game
- Playing on the west coast offers a lot of late night exposure
- Away games against Notre Dame and Stanford on the road
- Plays for Arizona State (unfortunately this will hurt more than it will help)
Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina
He made a name for himself last year with a monster hit on Michigan. He had 54 tackles (40 solo) and 13 sacks last year, sitting out one game. The dude can play and is a freak of nature. He is a nightmare for O-lineman and confuses QBs at the line. With all of his hype, teams are going to be scared of him this year.
On His Side
- Plays in the SEC, so they have basically already crowned him with the title
- With the Heisman being the QB/RB award, he should get more notice being a defensive player. The media will be all over him winning
- Plays for the Ole’ ball coach. Spurrier will have him ready this year and is going to make sure he gets noticed
There are two points I want to bring up that may be against him
- Was the Michigan hit the only reason he is getting noticed. If you look at his stats, you would say now. He had a monster year and deserves the attention, however, when you think of Clowney, most people only think of one hit. What if he wouldn’t have made hat tackle?
- He is going to be double and triple teamed all year. It is easier to shut a defensive lineman down for a game than it is a QB/RB.
Lache Seastrunk - Baylor
His stats as a whole won’t turn a ton of heads, 1012 yards and 7 touchdowns, but if you look at when he did them, you are going to start thinking more about him. In his last five games, he had 693 yards and 5 touchdowns, which is enough to put him in the conversation. He had some bad luck at Oregon, came to his senses and came home. With a guy like Art Briles running the show, Seastrunk should at least get an invite to NY.
On His Side:
- Playing in the Big 12. They are not known for their defense, so Seastrunk should have huge numbers this year.
- New QB. Petty is no slouch, but look for Lache to get more carries to protect his QB and give him a chance to ease into the position.
- RG3. With all the publicity he got an a Heisman to show off, Baylor is on the national scene.
- He announced that he is going to win it this year. Whether you think this was a mistake or not, he said it and people are going to follow him and see if he can follow through.
- Playing in the Big 12. Will people think that because it is the Big 12, defenses are soft and anyone can rack up yards
- Ending the year with OSU, TCU and Texas
Teddy Bridgewater – Lousiville
The only reason he was not talked about much last year was his conference. But look at his stats: 3718 yards, 27 TDs, and 8 picks. The best thing that happened to him was playing Florida in the Sugar Bowl. I think most people counted this team out. With a powerful SEC defense like Florida, the Cardinals didn’t stand a chance, right? If you watched that game, you saw a guy pick a part an SEC defense. It was a great sight to watch.
On His Side:
His Schedule – they have such an easy schedule, that Teddy should post monster numbers. They have at least 7 games on tv, so he is going to be in the spotlight
Last year – with such a tremendous performance at the end of last year, that is what everyone is going to remember. If he can keep playing at that level, they are going to hand that trophy to him
Smart – if you watch him, he is a pocket passer. He doesn’t run unless he needs to. He knows his limits and his strengths, and doesn’t play dumb
The schedule could also work against him. As of now, they don’t play a ranked team
Will his line be able to hold up like they did last year
I know it is early and you have no idea who will come out of the wood work, but it is still fun to talk about.