Taylor Mays For Heisman?

USC safety Taylor Mays thinks he has a shot at the Heisman:

“I want to win the Heisman — 10 sacks, 10 picks and we go undefeated. (I won’t return kicks); I’ll just return my picks for touchdowns,” Mays said. “I have to return three of them for touchdowns and maybe force a couple of fumbles on the sacks.

I think Mays–who had zero interceptions last seaosn–would have to return more than three of his picks for touchdowns to even get near the Heisman.  Getting 10 sacks would be impressive as a safety, but that’s not realistic, is it?

The only way for Mays to have a shot at the Heisman is for him to play some offense (which won’t happen) or to return punts and kicks (which he says won’t happen).    You’d think it’d be a no-brainer to do one of these things if he is really the fastest player on the USC team at 6-3 and 235 pounds (he really isn’t).

So, while the Thorpe Award may come a-calling, you can count out the Heisman for Mr. Mays, especially given the presence of guys like Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, etc., in the race.


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