Here’s what my Heisman ballot looked like:
1. Jameis Winston
2. A.J. McCarron
3. Jordan Lynch
I went with Winston when he was not charged with rape. Statistically, he was the best choice. He had the numbers and the wins, and I do think there’s a team element to this award.
I am not a fan of the argument that A.J. McCarron was the best choice because he won national championships. This is a season award, not a career achievement award.
McCarron’s numbers were competitive with other quarterbacks, and he had the wins too.
Johnny Manziel had the numbers, and it was interesting to see Manziel recreate himself from a runner to a pocket passer. I heard people say Manziel played his way out of the Heisman after losing to LSU. I don’t believe you win or lose the award on one game, but you might win or lose it on two. Manziel had a chance to reinsert himself as a frontrunner with a big performance at Missouri in the regular season finale, but he did not.
A lot of people downed the idea of Lynch based on the strength of schedule for Northern Illinois. That was a factor in placing him third on the ballot. As a small college grad I know there are great athletes outside the major schools.
I had hoped to come through the process without a three-quarterback ballot. What Boston College running back Andre Williams did was really impressive, but I do think there’s a team element to this award, and it was hard to pull the trigger for 7-5.