Freshman Adrian Peterson is a fabulous talent who will probably be the Heisman front runner next season. He may become the first underclassman to win the award.
But, he won’t win it this year.
His 59 yards on 15 carries against Nebraska has done him in. He will likely finish third in the voting. A good effort and nothing to be ashamed of.
There were a couple things besides Heismandment No. 2 working against Peterson. Besides the fact that he has to play in the shadow of 2003 Heisman winner Jason White, he also just didn’t put up the overwhelming numbers needed to win the thing.
He has 1,432 yards and 9 touchdowns this year. Those are very good, but not incredible. In fact, they are barely better than the numbers put up by freshman running back Michael Hart of Michigan.
Looking at the Peterson phenomenon as we would an experiment in a petri dish, we see that even a fabulous freshman at a traditional power ranked near the top of the polls lacks a lot of the things needed to win the Heisman, the most important being the hype generated in the preseason.
He won’t lack that hype next summer.