The Heisman Trophy presentation is but a few weeks away and it’s time to start thinking of players that deserve the award but won’t receive it. After all we’ve heard of the big-name guys that will get major consideration and a few votes, but how about the off the radar guys? Of course this is mostly subjective, everybody thinks their school’s player should get it for one reason or another and many have a case of some sort. In this piece I take a quick look at some deserving running backs.
The 3 that don’t make the list because they’re obviously already on the radar and have a legit shot at winning: NIU’s Jordan Lynch, Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey and BC’s Andre Williams.
The 5 that deserve a Heisman but won’t get it:
Antonio Andrews – Western Kentucky
Andrews has been one of the most productive running backs in the entire nation for two straight seasons. It is rare that you see a kid finish in the national top five for rushing yards in back-to-back seasons. Andrews has done just that. He will eclipse 1,700 yards for the second straight year as part of only a trio to accomplish that in 2012 and 2013.
If he stays on his current average of 146 yards per game, with two games left (including the bowl) he would eclipse 1,900 for the year and could well come close to 20 touchdowns. Add on 420 yards receiving at this point and you’re looking at a possible 2k/500 running back. That’s 2,500 all-purpose yards!
His small-school stature stands against him in the race, as people know the names of the three that are receiving more consideration.