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Chris Huston, A.K.A. ‘The Heisman Pundit‘, is a Heisman voter and the creator and publisher of Heismanpundit.com, a site dedicated to analysis of the Heisman Trophy and college football. Dubbed “the foremost authority on the Heisman” by Sports Illustrated, HP is regularly quoted or cited during football season in newspapers across the country. He is also a regular contributor on sports talk radio and television.
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More On The Offensive Revolution

The only thing hotter than the new offensive trends in college football is talking about the new trends, as the focus on the subject was started here at Heismanpundit over the summer, then spread to Sports Illustrated and now the ball has been picked up by ESPN thanks to Pat Forde.

Money quotes:

Popular football theory says the running game is paramount, but look at the NCAA numbers from 2004. The top seven teams in passing efficiency had an average record of 11-1 and six were ranked in the final Top 25 — five in the top 10.

and:

In the Woody-and-Bo days, coaches solemnly said that three things could happen when you threw the ball, and two of them were bad. (In fact, this is one of the game’s earliest coaching clich?s.) Funny thing: Petrino, architect of one of the elite passing offenses in the country, used to hear that very bromide from his dad.

His dad must be coaching in a certain conference we all know and love. But seriously, Forde’s story about the evolution of passing offenses contains a lot of what we have been saying for a while here.

The question is, when will the MSM see the bigger picture, which is how these new trends are going to affect the balance of power in college football?

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A Look At Andre Ware

Very few players have a Heismandment named after them, but 1989 Heisman winner Andre Ware accomplished that very feat. This story in the South Bend Tribune looks back at Ware’s Heisman season as he gets ready for enshrinement into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Down and distance mattered little during Ware’s magical 1989 season. He threw for an obscene 4,699 yards and 46 touchdowns as the Cougars rolled to a 9-2 record and No. 14 national ranking.

Unfortunately, Ware’s season ruined things for many of the quarterbacks who came after, as it became clear that his numbers were bogus, the product of a gimmicky system. Quarterbacks who have put up similar numbers since have pretty much been yawned at by the Heisman voters.

To this day, he is the main reason why a quarterback from a Texas Tech-like system will never again win the Heisman.

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Secretive Meyer

Apparently, Meyer is reluctant to share the secrets of his offense, according to Ivan Maisel of ESPN.

If you want a more detailed tutorial, get in line. Coaches who make a pilgrimage to learn from Meyer or Sanford don’t get much. Texas A&M, Oregon and Louisiana-Monroe are the only staffs that either Meyer or Sanford allowed to come in for a tutorial, according to Sanford.

People just need to be patient. The college football world–and the SEC in particular–will soon see it all up close and personal.

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OU Secondary In Trouble?

Oklahoma’s secondary, which struggled at times last year, has gotten some help recently as former tailback D.J. Wolfe has moved to cornerback in the spring. He’s now running with the second team, according to the Norman Transcript.

The move of former linebacker Lewis Baker to safety underscores the further trouble the Sooner secondary may be in after losing Antonio Perkins and Brodney Pool to the NFL.

We can see the Sooners losing at least three games this year and this could be a big reason why.

Bruce Feldman of ESPN concurs:

I’m thinking OU might be headed for a couple of three-loss seasons. I predict the Sooners are headed for a dip like Miami has had the past two years — not a Penn State-type fall off the cliff drop, but more of a linger around No. 11 or 12 type of thing. We have grown accustomed to Bob Stoops overcoming most challenges, but after how the last two seasons ended, I think a little of the luster has worn off. But it’s a little bigger than that, too.

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Come And Get It

That’s the title of this piece by Sporting News’ Matt Hayes, which all but hands a third-straight national crown to USC.

Hayes gets it right when he notes how talented the Trojans are, and how the youngsters of the last three No. 1 recruiting classes are just now getting their turn.

As good as the Trojans were in the back seven last year, they’ll be even better this year because of their improved overall athletic ability. A prime example: Linebacker Keith Rivers, who played behind All-American Matt Grootegoed last season, has bulked up to nearly 240 pounds and is one of the fastest players on the team.

As I’ve said before, it will take Pete Carroll leaving, or a major scandal brewing, to slow the Trojan locomotive down.

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White Retires

Jason White was a great college player and a good guy, but he has called it quits, quietly retiring after taking a shot at making it with the Tennessee Titans, among others.

It’s this sort of result that has gone a long way towards building up the current prejudice that is inherent in the Heismandments.

The more the voters see Heisman winners failing in the pros, the more they are reticent to get too ga-ga over them when they are in college. That is why Matt Leinart has a huge hill to climb in his bid for a second trophy, fair or not.

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A&M Not Planning Any Promotions

At least not for now, not for Reggie McNeal, revealed head coach Dennis Franchione the other day.

“I don’t think today those things work,” Franchione said. “I think what works well is playing well. There’s enough national media coverage, and there’s enough understanding of who plays well. The best promotion and the [best] thing that he can do is to go out and play well.”

It is a given that you have to play well. Obviously, if the Aggies are doing well, it will help McNeal. But at some point, he will need some kind of push that will enable him to step out of Vince Young’s enormous shadow.

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