At HeismanPundit, we always try to focus like a laser beam on who is going to win the Heisman.
Because of this focus, we are often required to discount the performances of some really good players as we get closer to the end of the process. But it’s important to remember that just because a player doesn’t win the trophy or even make it to New York, it doesn’t mean we don’t think he’s great. There have been many great players who have never come close to the Heisman. As our tagline up above says, it’s usually the politics surrounding the process that determines the eventual winner.
For instance, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater isn’t going to win the Heisman, but it’s worth noting that he’s having a pretty remarkable season in his own right.
Was it his fault that his team blew a 28-7 lead against UCF? Or that his schedule isn’t the most captivating to viewers?
Nope. Here’s what he’s done so far:
· thrown for 2,557 yards on 243 passing attempts
· 23 TD/2 int – first game of the season and sixth game
· Tossed a TD pass in 20-straight games – 5 TD vs. Ohio
· 6 300-yard passing games
· 73.7 completion pct. – national leader
· Third in the nation in passing efficiency
· 65-of-85 when throwing under pressure – 76.4 percent
· 24-of-35 in 4th quarter passing – 68.5 percent
· 31-of-43 in the red zone – 72.1 percent
It’s no wonder he’ll probably be the first quarterback selected in the next NFL draft.
As November moves on, we’ll be sure to recognize other outstanding players who have fallen by the Heisman wayside.