And The Heisman Finalists Are…

The Heisman Trust has narrowed its finalists for the Heisman Memorial Trophy down to three individuals, Amari Cooper, Melvin Gordon, and Marcus Mariota.  These three have been invited to New York for the 80th annual presentation of the Heisman Trophy this Saturday.

Not much of a surprise here.  It was expected that these three would be the finalists invited to Radio City.  The only minor surprise was that TCU’s Trevone Boykin and Baylor’s Bryce Petty weren’t invited to be finalists.  No one expected either of them to win, but it was expected that they would be invited.  It’s been a rough couple of days for the Big 12.

Let’s break down the finalists One Minute style:

Amari Cooper – Wide Reciever, Alabama


  • The man who led all of College Football in receiving yards (1656) and receptions (115), and was second in receiving touchdowns (14).  It is absolutely no surprise that Cooper is a Heisman finalist.  I’ve said multiple times that this kid can start for most NFL teams right now.  He has that kind of talent.  He makes Lane Kiffin celebrate touchdowns before the ball is even thrown.  That’s how good he is

Melvin Gordon – Running Back, Wisconsin


  • The man who I have been touting all season as the best player in College Football.  The junior running back led all of College Football in rushing yards (2336) and rushing touchdowns (26).  Oh, that 2336 yards stat, yeah, that’s the fourth most in College Football history.  Is that good?  I think that’s good.  Gordon set the single game rushing record this season with 408 yards against Nebraska, only to have his record be broken the very next week by Samaje Perine (427).  I don’t think Gordon will win the Heisman because the Heisman Trust looks at how players preform in big games.  And in the Big Ten championship… Well…

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Marcus Mariota – Quarterback, Oregon


  • The man who has been the Heisman favorite all season.  The wonder boy of the Pac 12 is top 6 in completion percentage (68.3%), yards (3783), and passing touchdowns (38).  He only threw 2 interceptions all season.  2!  And he’s not too shabby with his legs either.  He racked up 669 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground.  According to my calculations, that’s 4452 total yards and 52 total touchdowns.  Jesús Cristo.  I think Marcus should get comfortable when he’s in New York this weekend.  He may end up living here for a while.

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