Originally Posted by Bronco LB 52
I agree wholeheartedly. The award is supposed to be given to the best collegiate football player in the country.
The voters of this award throughout history have pretty much limited themselves to a QB and RB.
A few times they have gone the WR route (Desmond Howard, Tim Brown
, Johnny Rodgers was a flanker/wingback) but just last year we heard the numerous WR biases about Larry Fitzgerald (a WR doesn't touch the ball as much as a QB B.S.).
The year Orlando Pace was going for the Heisman (1996), I wanted him to win so badly just to change the frame of minds of the voters. Danny FREAKING Wuerrfel won it!!!
When Charles Woodson won it, I think there were voters that felt he was the best player in the country, but I also feel there were protest votes against Peyton Manning
too. Manning didn't have the greatest senior season but there were quite a few voters that wanted to reward him with a lifetime achievement award and there was a major backlash.
Yes, I think the voters need to be more open minded about voting and include offensive linemen and defensive players in their evaluation.
I believe that no WR has won the award without being the KR/PR as well, Fitz would've been the 1st ever WR to win the Heisman that only played WR.
Obviously I was rooting for Pace to win it in 96, for apparent reasons.
Too often this award is given to the QB on the best team, and it's sad really when players like Fitzgerland, Larry Johnson, and Marshall Faulk all should've won the award.