Leading up to last Saturday’s matchup with No. 1 Alabama, the biggest game in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 31 years, “experts” said this was Ryan Mallett’s chance to prove he deserves the Heisman Trophy.
Following a down to the wire 24-20 outcome with Ryan Mallett at the helm of the losing Razorbacks, “experts” say he has no chance to win now.
If winning the Heisman Trophy has become the American Idol of football awards, like I believe it has, then these statements are true.
In the days that Archie Griffin won the coveted award twice, of the days that Herschel Walker wowed the nation with week after week with spectacular performances, this award was exactly what it was meant to be.
Since then, this postseason award seems to have become a popularity contest for players on the most popular teams.
An award that is supposed to go to the best player in the nation often goes to the best player on the best team, which is often misleading. If a great player has good talent around him, the supporting cast of talent will allow him to appear as a superstar. But if you take the same player, and put him on a team with subpar talent, he will struggle as the entire team will look for him to carry the entire team. Read more …