It’s not every day that you see a head coach go to the mat to the extent that Stanford’s David Shaw did on Andrew Luck’s behalf in the video below.
There have been a lot of creative Heisman promotions over the years, but this might be one of the most intellectually effective I’ve seen. The most telling aspect of this presentation, in my mind, is that it shows a tremendous lack of ego on Shaw’s part. Most coaches are egomaniacal control freaks who are normally reluctant to share this much credit to any one player. But Shaw pretty much says here that Luck called 90 percent of Stanford’s plays this year. He was literally an offensive coordinator on the field.
I wish the other coaches involved in the race took the time to give the same kind of insight. To me, this elevates the Heisman discussion quite a bit. I’d love to see Nick Saban break down what makes Trent Richardson so special, or see what Art Briles has to say about Robert Griffin III.
The video is a bit long and I probably would’ve condensed it a bit, but it’s interesting and gives a rare insight into how a pro-style offense works. People always complain that the Heisman is based on fluff…well, this is the opposite of fluff.
Will it convince Heisman voters? Because it gets away from the mundane stat crunching of most campaigns, I think it’s quite effective. It sells one theme: That Andrew Luck is doing something no other player is doing…and doing it very well.