Could the age of the statue-like quarterback claiming the Heisman statue be going bye-bye?
With Cam Newton’s pending triumph, it means four of the last eight quarterbacks to win the Heisman–and three of the last four–have been of the more mobile variety. A fifth quarterback–Vince Young–is considered by many as a guy who probably should have won.
Why the move by the Heisman electorate toward mobility? I think, simply put, the mobile quarterbacks are more appealing to watch. They produce yardage and touchdowns in the air and on the ground and have a unique ability to take over a game. They are also the featured weapon in most of the spread offenses that are currently dominating college football.
I think we’ll still see occasional pocket passers in the mold of Sam Bradford winning the Heisman, but only within the context of the current en vogue, wide-open spread systems.
The day of the I-formation, pro-style passer winning the trophy may be long gone.