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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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Thornton Named Gators’ Starting Tailback

Junior Skyler Thornton has been named Florida’s starting tailback, with just over two weeks left until the first game against Wyoming.

Any thoughts by Gators fans out there on this? Is this just a motivational ploy for DeShaun Wynn or is Thornton really a good back?

I do know that anyone with the name ‘Skyler’ is almost always a good player. So he has that going for him.

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Making Fun Of The Noles

EDSBS gets a good, clean rip on FSU’s penchant for exaggerating the feats of their players. They link to a story that talks about the Noles’ latest quarterback find:

Finding out that Xavier Lee, in addition to once throwing the ball 70 yards off one knee, ripped the gloves of Antonio Cromartie last year with a hard-thrown pass. (?!?!) No word on whether both qbs run 4.2s.

I’m sure they do. Downhill. On a bike.

Not stopping there, EDSBS does a good job at looking at the lazy punditry of Trev Alberts here.

Money quote:

We?d gone for a while without a good nugget from Trev ?Lead Poisoning? Alberts, but thirst no more! He?s back, and still hammering away at his Fisher-Price My First Pundit?s Construction Set. Regardez this piece of gibberish:

Georgia should be able to line the ball up, run it 45 times and win the game 55-17. But you just don?t know. This is going to be an interesting year for Georgia with all the great players and all the great leaders that they lost. If they get behind, you don?t know what?s going to happen. Boise State will be ready to play when they come to Athens.

We tried to map out exactly what Trev said here, and rephrased, it comes out something like this:

That cat is totally going to eat that injured parakeet lying on the ground. but you never know, like, maybe the cat?s distracted or something, or thinking about licking its ass, or tuna or something. That parakeet is totally going to be ready for that cat, man-talons out!

Anyway, check it out, another good showing by EDSBS.

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Cool Website For News

Here’s a cool new site that was brought to my attention, thanks to my buddy, Sleepy James.

It’s called Sideline To Sideline.com and it has links to news on just about every college team out there.

Check it out.

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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.


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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