I believe there are at least 5 running backs who are "better" than Derrick Henry. There are maybe a dozen other football players "better" than Derrick Henry. The award should be presented one week AFTER the national championship game. Once again the national media does it's distortion thing! The sanctimonious sports writers who vote are a bigger JOKE!
870 of the 926 votes are from the media. The only players they hype are the ones shown on national TV. Too many times it's more hype than talent...Doug Flutie, Johnny Manziel, Sam Bradford, Robert Griffin, Mark Ingram, Matt Leinart, Jason White, Carson Palmer, Eric Crouch, Chris Weinke, Danny Wuerffel...
Hyping a player that can be watched on national television does one thing...Draws in viewers. And thus, advertising dollars. How many times have you heard this, "Today's game should be a great one. We have Heisman hopeful...". There is no incentive for broadcast networks to talk about great players that won't be seen on television. Ask yourself, when was the last time a player from a small school won? Answer, 1951, Dick Kazmaier of Princeton. And who's going to watch the Heisman award broadcast if all the finalists were unseen, unknowns. So it's now all about viewing audience and advertising dollars.
The award is supposed to be given to the best player, yet lately it has been given to an offensive player; almost always a quarterback. At this point being the best player in college does not mean anything unless you are also on one of the top teams in the country. It seems like they generally invite a couple of players from the top teams who are no doubt the best on their team, while leaving the best in college football to hang out to dry.
The Heisman Trophy should go the to player who is an outstanding athlete, a good student, and demonstrates good character to leading his team. To me no player has met those criteria better than Nile Kinnick of Iowa. Besides being an outstanding football player, he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and was elected student body president his senior year.
Another problem with the current Heisman Trophy, it is almost always awarded to an offensive player, typically a quarterback.
Too often sports journalists are shaping the eventual outcome of this award with weekly updates that are too much tied to a team's national rankings.
Unfortunately, the notion of an athletic scholarship has become an oxymoron, and voters do not consider how good is the candidate as a STUDENT-athlete. Junior college transfers are typically athletes who had to attend a junior college to get their grades up to snuff. Sorry but such players should never be considered for the Heisman unless they have an outstanding academic record, which is unlikely.
The Heisman needs to be award to someone who is exceptional on and off the field. Unfortunately, the narrow-minded criterion, field performance is the only one considered.
The criteria for the winner of the Heisman Trophy should be based on more than just pure stats. One needs also take into account character and leadership of the candidates. Also the ability to overcome adversity should enter the equation as well. Strength of schedule should also be a factor.
First they award it with games still left which they shouldn't. They also award it based on hype of the team or one incredible game. Johnny football won it because he beat Alabama he wasn't even the best quaterback in his conference Arron murray was, now they have gave it to famous Jamies because he lead his team to an undefeated season with a game still left. Everyone knows had he lost one game he wouldn't have won or had Alabama won out aj would have won. The heisman is supposed to be about being good being a leader with good character on and off the field and famous Jamies doesn't have that or the accused rape would never happen. Maybe if they would start awarding it to the best individual for it you would see better success in the nfl
Just going to stats guy on a D1 team ,not the best overall player. If they are so great in College why do very few of them pan out in the NFL, especially the last 20 years, this trophy is as bad as the Sports Illustrated jinx, then you take into account the accusations, just is not going to high character guys anymore..
The award should go to the best football player who has some integrity. They gave it to "scam Newton" who cheated academically repeatedly and now they've given it to a rapist. The fact of the matter is just because they didn't file charges doesn't mean he didn't do it, it only means they couldn't prove it beyond a reasonable doubt because of other circumstances. Winston should be a stand up guy who was never even accused. Instead he's a guy they didn't formally charge. The Heisman is a joke and the guys who should get it for being great and an overall good person don't get selected. It's a joke through and through and is exactly why I have lost faith in college football.
Best example this year: AJ McCarron. Please, the guy should not have been invited to NY. If he wins then all the worse to the award. He benefits from the hype of his conference and team and the comfort his defense affords him. He is average at best and he will be exposed when drafted high to a crappy team with little of the talent around him, or lack of talent on the other team. It's basically an offensive skills player award weighted heavily toward QBs.
If you recognize the Heisman trophy for what it is then it is not a joke. It is an award given to the best college football player of the year. What is a joke is thinking that all because someone is great in college they will have a great pro career.
While it is trending that way, these past two season that saw RGIII and Johnny Football receive the Heisman prove that it is once again about the best player in football, and not the best player on the best team as it had been in recent years. If the Heisman trophy continues on in this way, it will remain relevant.
The Heisman trophy award ceremony is a very prestigious ceremony and should be respected above all other college football awards. The winner of this trophy has most often helped bring his team to a championship or at the very least a winning season. The player gets to interact with previous winners at the ceremony and should be kept the way it is - awarded to the best college football player in the country.