As long as the Crimson Tide continue to roll, the Alabama quarterback will win the award.
First I must say that Florida State’s Jameis Winston should win, but won’t because of the sexual assault investigation cloud hovering over him. That opened the door for Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel to repeat as the winner and he lost it with his 16-41, 2 interception performance at LSU. So did Oregon’s Marcus Mariotta with another embarrassing, lack luster loss at Arizona. That is why it’s now AJ’s to lose.
Many will say giving it to him would be like giving it to him as a career achievement award. Many will argue he plays with the best collection of amateur athletes in the country in the Alabama Crimson Tide. You could also say he’s not exciting enough, but if you go on statistics, he’s the best player on the best team in college football. His stats don’t lie.
He is also now the all time winningest QB in Alabama’s rich football history.
No doubt if you gave me my pick I’d rather watch Johnny Football or Famous Jameis, but if the Heisman voters are going to adhere to the mission statement of the award which is : The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. The Heisman Trophy Trust ensures the continuation and integrity of this award….. The Trustees, who all serve pro bono, are guided by a devotion to college football and are committed to community service and the valued tradition which the Trophy represents.
McCarron has been a model student athlete for the past four years and exemplifies the Heisman mission. Based on everything that happened on and allegedly off the field with the other candidates, he has to be the next Heisman Trophy winner, unless the Tide stumble—or he plays horiffic—against Auburn or in the SEC Title game. My vote is for AJ McCarron. Now I just have to become an official Heisman voter.
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