The Looper’s Heisman picks … if we only had a vote

[Editor’s note: Since The Looper staff members were not participants in this year’s Heisman voting, anonymity is not an issue and here are their picks, not limited to the finalists as picked by the Heisman voters. For the record, the four finalists for the award, which will be presented tonight to the nation’s best college football player, are: Darren McFadden, Tim Tebow, Colt Brennan and Chase Daniel.]

WINDY CITY WORD … Tebow trumps all

  1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
  2. Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
  3. Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii
  4. Chase Daniel, QB, Missouri

People have been really high on Brennan the past two weeks, but as cliche as this sounds, he is a product of a system. I am not saying he will not be a good QB in the NFL; on the contrary, i think he will be great, in the right system. When Brennan’s backups came in they combined to go 87 for 133 for 1,228 yards. It’s all about the system.

Now just look at Tebow’s season. He threw for 3,132 yards and 29 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions. These are great numbers for a quarterback but what makes Tebow the best player in college football are his feet. The sophomore ran for 838 yards and 22 touchdowns.

A quarterback now holds the season mark for must rushing touchdowns in the SEC. That should make running backs everywhere sick and it is what separates Tebow.

I have been hearing talk about the disgrace of giving the Heisman to an underclassman. But college football has never seen an underclassman like Tebow and should throw out whatever qualms they may have about him because the simple fact is that he was far and away the best player in college football this season.

THE LOOPER … sadly, no Mike Hart

  1. Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii
  2. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
  3. Dennis Dixon, QB, Oregon
  4. Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas

My pre-season favorite just couldn’t pull it out. After helping to right the Michigan ship, Mike Hart was on track to be a Heisman finalist, but nagging injuries and back-to-back season-ending losses took my boy out of the race for good.

With Hart out of the realm of possibility and a season-ending injury for Dennis Dixon, the other most impressive player this year –– his performance against Michigan literally blew my mind –– Colt Brennan should be the Heisman winner, in my book. Brennan has thrown for 4,174 yards and 38 touchdowns (completing 71.4% of his passes), and has also scored 8 touchdowns on the ground … and that’s with very limited time in one game and missing another entirely.

System shmishtem. I’m sorry. Every school has a system that a quarterback needs to learn in order to succeed. The better the quarterback fits the system, the better the quarterback could and should perform. Tim Tebow, Colt Brennan, Dennis Dixon and Chase Daniel are all system quarterbacks. Sorry.

Brennan’s performance this season has been nothing short of PERFECT. With the weight of his team on his right arm, he led them to an undefeated season while racking up incredible stats along the way. He did his job in his “system” and produced more wins than anyone in college football –– more than Tebow, McFadden, Dixon or Daniel. If we want to debate Tebow vs. Brennan’s strength of schedule, you can find my theory on that in “On the Brazenly Crazy Sport…” article below.

It takes a lot to merit winning a Heisman when your team is losing games. No one who played out the season wowed me enough to place them above the best throwing quarterback in college football, and the only player to lead his team through the season undefeated.

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4 responses to “The Looper’s Heisman picks … if we only had a vote

  1. I would just like to point out that not only did the committee agree with me and awarded the best player in college football with the Heisman but they also agreed with me on the order of the runners up.

  2. Wow, that just means the people in charge of the most prestigious individual trophy in sports are as crazy as you? Damn. Tebow had amazing numbers but it’s the number 3 that strikes me … 3 losses. His team was 5-3 at one point. Was he that stunning at the end of the year to deserve it? i’m not so sure. He was so fortunate to have four unranked teams to round out the year after starting out 5-3 (Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida Atlantic and Florida State – not the game it used to be).

  3. WAIT!!!! You want to talk about schedule!?!?! And you are the one that picked Brennan as the winner. Talk about a cupcake of a schedule. Northern Colorado, Louisiana Tech, Charleston Southern and Utah State are going to strike fear in the hearts of opponents everywhere. If Florida and Tebow had played against those caliber teams he would have thrown for another 1,000 yards and run for 300 more and probably accounted for 10 more TDs.
    Don’t give me schedule talk. I would have liked to see Colt lead the Warriors to a 9-3 record in the SEC.

  4. I think he could have 9-3 is not that impressive. I’ll be the first to fault Michigan for trying to get Hawaii off their schedule. Really though I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that whether you’re choosing between one set (No. Colorado, La. Tech, Charleston Southern or Utah St.) or the other (Western Kentucky, Troy State, Vanderbilt, Florida Atlantic, or South Carolina) the teams are garbage. I’m confident that Hawaii probably could have beaten Michigan this year. I’m confident they could beat Florida, even with Tebow. Brennan and Hawaii went out and beat the teams they had to beat. Tebow and Florida did not.

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