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Heisman Links Round Up: Heisman Finalists Edition

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Football deserves to win the Heisman Trophy

Breaking Down Johnny Manziel’s Chances at the Heisman Trophy

A&M’s Johnny Manziel among three Heisman finalist

Record-setting freshman Johnny Manziel tops final Heisman Watch

Houston Chronicle survey gives Johnny Manziel the Heisman

Why All Heisman Voters Must Look Past Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel poised to break Heisman Trophy freshman curse

Collin Klein

Collin Klein wins Unitas award as top QB

Collin Klein named Heisman Trophy Finalist

Klein Wins Unitas Award

Klein tabbed finalist for Walter Camp, Manning awards

Heisman Finalists: Klein, Manziel and Te’o Represent Closest Race

Collin Klein’s Closing Argument Should Be Enough to Win

Manti Te’o

Manti Te’o embodies all things Heisman

Notre Dame’s Te’o wins Nagurski Award for top defensive player

The linebacker, the narrative, and the Heisman

Manti Te’o for Heisman

Te’o captures collects awards

Heisman race historic, and maybe historically close

 

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Heisman Links Roundup

Manziel reflects on offseason arrest

Leo Roth: Don’t call the Heisman race for Johnny Manziel just yet

Heisman Watch 2012: Projected Finalists Who Will Make Strong Cases in Week 14

Heisman Watch Week 13: Collin Klein makes a final push

Manziel: Heisman Would Be ‘Dream Come True’

Gamecocks DE, Jadeveon Clowney for Heisman?

Johnny Manziel poised to break Heisman Trophy freshman curse

Heisman Trophy Greg Hansen: Voting Carey? Why not?

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel not on coaches’ All-America team

Marqise Lee named Walter Camp finalist

Neither Klein nor Manziel on coaches’ All-American team

Eddie George Talks Heisman Contenders

2012 Heisman Trophy Odds and Predictions: Top 5 Contenders

Manti Te’o Deserves To Win The Heisman

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See you on Saturday…

HP Jr. put up his weekend preview a couple posts below, but you can catch my thoughts at CBSSports.com on the most compelling games to watch (for Heisman purposes) right here.

Also, be sure to check in here at HP on Saturday as we’ll be updating our thoughts on the the Heisman with some ‘quick hits’ as we go, as well as snarking away on Twitter (@heismanpundit and @heismanpunditJr).

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Heisman News Round Up

Here’s a rundown of what the media is talking about when it comes to the Heisman Trophy race and the various candidates:

Check out the  Heisman Pundit on Dan Patrick breaking down the politics of the most prestigious individual award in sports.

Andy Staples: Alabama’s MVP headlines annual non-traditional Heisman Watch

Michigan’s Denard Robinson will be first to fall out of Heisman race

Baylor: After Year of the Bear, expect a step back

Some Heisman voters unsure about FSU QB EJ Manuel’s Trophy chances

Get to know the 2012 Heisman candidates

Favorites To Win The Heisman

Aflac Duck to strike Heisman pose in spot to air Saturday

Barkley on the Heisman - Conquest Chronicles

Heisman odds 2012: USC QB Matt Barkley favored; Michigan’s Denard 

SEC Heisman prowess may be waning

College football 2012: Heisman Trophy watch

Ranking Heisman front-runners

Miami no longer ‘The U,’ former Heisman Trophy winner says

A year for good Heisman story lines

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Stars From The Epic 2006 Rose Bowl Between 

USC billboard in Westwood covered — but who’s responsible?

Montee Ball ready for opener despite abbreviated camp

Heisman 2012: Five Intriguing Longshots | The Big Lead

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Heisman voters: Probation shouldn’t stop future Nittany Lions from winning Heisman

No one knows exactly how long it will take for the Penn State football program to fully recover from the crippling sanctions brought down by the NCAA, but most agree it’s going to be a while before the Nittany Lions are a factor at the national level.

That may not preclude a Penn State player from making a run at the Heisman Trophy at some point in the next few years, though.

How would Heisman voters feel about the prospects of a future Nittany Lion candidate for the most prestigious award in sports? Would the lingering stench of the Jerry Sandusky scandal affect that player’s ability to attract votes?

We contacted a few anonymous Heisman voters for their take and they were all of the same mind on the matter.

“(The scandal) wasn’t that kid’s fault,” said a voter. “If that kid is the RG3 of PSU football in 2017, I think he’d have a shot to win.”

“I don’t think it’ll affect my thinking,” said another voter. “It wouldn’t factor in as much as their on-the-field performance.”

Others are skeptical that a Penn State player would be in the Heisman mix at any time in the near future anyway.

“It would be hard for a PSU player to be in contention because these sanctions are going to be so bad,” said one voter in this camp. “It wouldn’t influence me, though. I usually try to not take into consideration all the external factors and just look at the player’s performance.”

One voter, while certain of his opinion, wasn’t so sure about the overall Heisman electorate.

“I’m certainly not going to hold it against them from here on out,” said the voter. “Penn State has been punished severely. Other people may (hold it against them), however. I know some people have long memories and like to hold grudges.”

Penn State has never been much of a Heisman power. It’s one and only winner was John Cappalletti in 1973. A Nittany Lion hasn’t sniffed the top 10 of the final vote since 2005. While severe sanctions haven’t hurt USC much in the Heisman realm–witness Matt Barkley’s front runner status in 2012–it looks like Penn State has a much steeper hill to climb.

But the good news for Penn State is that Heisman voters, at least, are ready to move on, or at least go to the GamblingNerd.com NFL Betting page.

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Baylor’s Social Media Heisman Campaign

Here’s a great look at the campaign run by the Baylor media relations staff on behalf of Robert Griffin III from the National Sports Journalism Center. It should be required reading for those who think Heisman campaigns are a waste of time. Here’s a snippet:

While Griffin took many by surprise, a small cadre from Baylor’s sports information staff had planned for this possibility. Almost a year ago, they began brainstorming the best way to promote RG3, as he is called.  “We knew we had to do something,” said Brad Sheffield, Baylor athletics’ coordinator of new media. “We decided to do something cost effective. The best thing about social media is that can be free.”

My philosophy has always been that it’s better to do something than to do nothing. Kudos to Baylor.

And in case you missed it, here’s my interview with Baylor media relations director Heath Nielsen following the Heisman ceremony:

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