Submitted by Wayne Allyn Root on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM
HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH FOR WEEK 10
by Wayne Allyn Root
The Heisman Trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football in the United States whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The following have met that requirement so far in the 2014 College Football season. There are others, but these are the most likely candidates to be invited to the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City.
1) DAK PRESCOTT--Mississippi State; (QB). Miss St is number 1 because of their defensive play this season. They are ranked 29th in points allowed but only 49th in passing yards. So why is Dak so important? He offers balance. He has thrown for 15 TD's and rushed for 10 TD's. Last week the pressure may have gotten to him somewhat as he threw an INT and had 2 fumbles. But to make up for it, he threw 3 touchdowns. His next game is Saturday vs Arkansas.
2) MARCUS MARIOTA--Oregon; (QB). Marcus' TD to INT ratio is second to none as he has 24 touchdowns and just 1 interception. Amazing! Throw in 5 rushing TD's and he's wire to wire with Dak Prescott of Miss State. Last week he had a 5 TD afternoon against Cal in an 59-41 win. This week, his nemesis, Stanford will be all over him so it will be a key game as he marches to New York trying to collect a very important Trophy.
3) AMEER ABDULLAH--Nebraska; (RB). The man is fast. Make that very fast. Last week in the wink of an eye, on just 19 carries, Ameer rushed for 225 yards. That's over a first down every time you touch to ball average at 11.8 YPC. He leads the Nation in rushing at 1249 rushing yards with 17 TD's. If that's not enough, he's caught passes for an average of 13 YPR. The man is all-everything and the reason that Nebraska is sneaking up the polls. Wait until you see what he does this week against Purdue.
4) AMARI COOPER--Alabama; (WR). Amari is averaging almost 16 yards per reception for a total of 1132 yards this season. He's scored touchdowns on 9 of the 71 catches he's made. He may be the deciding factor this year on Bama winning the title game more than their vaulted defense if they make it that far. Last week vs Tennessee he caught 9 passes for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. He's a game changer.
5) MELVIN GORDON--Wisconsin; (RB). Melvin is a beast. He's scored with 16 touchdowns on a 7.6 YRC for the season. Last week, he had 3 TD's against Maryland, in the first half. This week will be a chance to compare Melvin to his counterpart from Nebraska, Ameer Abdullah. Ameer rushed for 225 yards last week vs Rutgers and this week, Melvin plays Rutgers. Good luck as we all know what you are aiming for.