I’ll keep this short and simple.
The junior from Oklahoma State needs numbers.
He’s not going to dazzle us in the return game like past receiver winners like Tim Brown and Desmond Howard. He’s a pure receiver and that means he must have the kind of production that leaves Heisman voters with no other option but to pick him.
Last year he had 111 catches for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns on his way to finishing fifth in the Heisman vote.
This year, he probably needs 2,000-plus receiving yards and at least 25 touchdowns to actually win.
Can he do it? It’s a tall task, but Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech caught 140 passes for 1,996 yards and 27 touchdowns in 1998, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
Most likely, though, he’ll have to make do with another Biletnikoff Award.