Eagle in Atlanta makes a compelling case for why Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich has a shot at history if he ends up making an epic comeback from cancer.
If he is better than his ACC Defensive Player of the Year season, he will win the Heisman. That’s not hyperbole. Regardless of my BC allegiance, I believe that after the Reggie Bush nonsense, the media/Heisman voters would trip over each other in a rush to mail in their ballots for the All America, cancer-conquering linebacker from a BCS conference. The hype and pride surrounding his recovery would quadruple if Mark plays that well. No other candidate would stand a chance.
There typically aren’t many scenarios where I could imagine a defensive player winning the Heisman. But I have to admit that this type of heroic hypothetical might do the trick.
If Herzlich exceeds the season he had in 2008, when he totaled 110 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions (with two returned for TDs), 8 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles and 2 recovered fumbles…then he’d walk away with the Butkus and most likely be on his way to New York.
Could he win? Well…that’s a lot to ask for and obviously quite a few pieces have to fall into place. If he picks up momentum late in the season and no other candidates are running away with it, he’d have a shot.
I know that quite a few people will be rooting for him just to make it through the season. Even getting back onto the field in the first place is quite a story. If he were to find a way to excel again, it would be amazing. And compelling.
Here’s hoping this Eagle soars again.