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Submitted by Wayne Allyn Root on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:22 AM

HEISMAN WATCH....WEEK 12
 
 
"The outstanding college football player whose
performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence."
 
by Wayne Allyn Root
 
 
The 2014 Heisman went into over-load Saturday with some incredible performances resulting in a smorgasbord of choices as the season winds down. It seems that Marcus Mariota had things all locked up but then Saturday happened. Anyone can have an opinion but it's usually about the money behind the votes and Bovada says it's still Mariota by a wide margin. But there are a few games left and if last Saturday scrambled things up, let's not give the Trophy out just yet. Bovada's odd are Mariota at 1/5. Melvin Gordon is 6/1. Bovada also thinks that the off the field news concerning famous Jameis Winston and his upcoming hearing have dropped him to 40/1.
 
 
 
1) MARCUS MARIOTA--OREGON, QB---Oregon was off this past week. He has 2780 passing yards completing 67% of his passes and throwing 29 touchdowns. If that's not enough, he's the Ducks #2 rushing man with 524 yards and 8 more touchdowns. He goes against Colorado this week knowing the race is back on.
 
2) MELVIN GORDON---WISCONSIN, RB---How does rushing 25 times resulting in 408 yards and 4 touchdowns sound? It gets better. He never saw the playing field in the 4th quarter. His performance was the "game of the year" if not the performance of all-time. He averages 8.6 yards per carry for 1909 yards on the year. That certainly should be a wake-up call that the race is not over!
 
3) TREVONE BOYKIN---TCU, QB---He's the Star of the Show. Last year, TCU ended the season 4-8 and this year they are in the Top 4. He's the sole reason for this transformation. His 2nd half rally against Kansas was needed for stay on pace. He threw for 330 yards.
 
4) JT BARRETT---OHIO ST,QB---Who says freshman can't perform? JT (off a huge game vs Michigan St) out played and out performed everyone in Ohio St's win at Minnesota. He completed 15 of 25 passes with 3 TD's and rushed 17 times for 189 yards. Can't wait to see him next year.
 
5) AMARI COOPER---ALABAMA, WR---Cooper has made Bama QB Blake Sims look good and defenses look bad as he continues to burn up yardage and secondaries. He had 8 receptions and a touchdown to help defeat #1 Mississippi State. And all of that came against a very stout and physical Bulldog defense.
 
6) JAMEIS WINSTON--FLORIDA ST, QB---He's impressive on the field and in the second half of most of his games as they have been forced to rally week after week. But his number are not as impressive as in 2013. I'm not sure if the Downtown Club wants to see him in The Big Apple in December.