No, it’s not because my choice to win the trophy will be the backup left guard at Idaho. I just am usually so far off the right picks. I’d say it’s funny but it’s probably trending more towards pathetic. Anyway, here it is…my Heisman ballot (if someone was stupid enough to give me that opportunity):
- Trevone Boykin, TCU – I can see this being one of the closest Heisman races ever. Boykin can do it all though and looks like he’s pretty NFL-ready as well. Doesn’t hurt to be the starting quarterback of one of the hottest teams in college football.
- Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State – He’s this year’s Melvin Gordon except his offensive line isn’t nearly as big but he plays for a much better team. I hate to say it but being on a winning team (especially one in either the College Football Playoff or New Year’s Six) is almost more important than how well you played.
- Deshaun Watson, Clemson – He is my surprise pick from my surprise team this season. I think Clemson goes undefeated mostly because of this guy. He doesn’t have Cole Stoudt around to take up valuable snaps (that no one wanted Cole to take in the first place). As long as he stays injury-free his Heisman hopes (and Clemson’s national title hopes) keep going strong.
- Cody Kessler, USC – Many have him as the next Heisman winner. I just don’t see him as the next Carson Palmer for the Trojans. Plus with the competition in the Pac-12 South alone it will be tough to differentiate him from some of his division opponents let alone the rest of the country.
- Connor Cook, Michigan State – If Cook somehow gets the Spartans to the College Football Playoff, he could end up taking home the trophy and potentially even unseating current (almost) consensus #1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Joey Bosa. Speaking of Joey Bosa…
- Joey Bosa, Ohio State – Defensive players usually get shit on when it comes to Heisman voting. There have been times in the past decade where some defensive players were so dominant (think Jadaveon Clowney or Ndamukong Suh) that they should have been closer to the winner (if not won it themselves). This guy is the most NFL-ready player and usually those guys don’t end up winning the Heisman (except for that Jameis fellow).
- Dak Prescott, Mississippi State – It’s too bad the Bulldogs probably won’t be like the Bulldogs of last season. If they had been, Dak would have been much higher in the rankings.
- Scooby Wright III, Arizona – Again, the relative disrespect shown towards defensive players when it comes to the Heisman is well known. It’s what keeps guys like Scooby here from getting the grandest of all post-season hardware. Then again, usually those same defensive players end up as higher draft picks than their offensive counterparts. So in the end it evens out.
- J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones, Ohio State – I put both of them here since I am not sure Urban is all in with J.T. as the starter, considering what Jones did in his three starts last season (arguably the best first three starts in any college quarterback’s career). If they split the time, neither of them will be within sniffing distance of the Heisman.
- Leonard Fournette, LSU – Last year he was my Freshman dark horse choice to win. This year he will be better but he also has stiffer competition. Next year may be his year but he will come up short this season once again.
- James Conner, Pittsburgh
- Paul Perkins, UCLA
- Derrick Henry, Alabama
- Nick Chubb, Georgia
- Braxton Miller, Ohio State
- Seth Russell, Baylor
- Corey Clement, Wisconsin
- Anu Solomon, Arizona
- Taysom Hill, BYU
- Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
Alright. My guess is there will be at least three players in the top five at the end of the year that I didn’t list here. And I won’t be surprised in the least when it happens.
Next up is final bowl projections (for the pre-season). We are eight days away…well, some of us are eight days away. The rest of you are 13 days away. Either way, it’s the home stretch before we see ACTUAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL ACTION! Longest…off-season…ever.