“PJ 2 CJ” Heisman ballot

This blog post marks the debut of the weekly ‘PJ 2 CJ’ blog.

Every week before their podcast, Pat Strathman and C.J. Matson will post a blog online for your reading pleasure. Similar to the podcast, the blog will feature a variety of sports topics from the sports universe. In our first blog entry, we submit our Heisman ballot and discuss our reasoning behind our rankings. The Heisman trophy award presentation will be held on Saturday, December 10 in New York City.

Pat Strathman’s Heisman ballot

1.       Robert Griffin III (Jr. QB, Baylor)

RGIII is something special. Griffin started out strong earlier in the year and hasn’t taken the foot off the gas pedal. Griffin has a quarterback rating of 192.3, breaking the old record set by Hawaii’s Colt Brennan in 2006. The star athlete is two yards shy of 4,000 and has 36 touchdowns through the air. Griffin singlehandedly put Baylor back on the map and will strike the pose in New York.

2.      Montee Ball (Jr. RB, Wisconsin)

Many would have Richardson here, but let’s compare. Montee Ball has 38 total touchdowns. Richardson has 23. Ball has 1,749 yards on the ground. Richardson had 1,583 yards. Easy decision when Ball beats Richardson in those categories. Ball is one TD shy of Barry Sanders’ all-time mark of 39 in a single season and is number two on my list.

3.       Tyrann Mathieu (Soph. CB, LSU)

Mathieu is the best defensive player in the nation. The “honey-badger” recorded 71 total tackles on the year. That may not be many, but on a great defense, Mathieu leads the team. The sophomore star also leads the team in forced fumbles. Oh, and he can return punts. He is barely edged out by Ball on my ballot.

4.      Trent Richardson (Jr. RB, Alabama)

Richardson recently rushed for 203 yards in the last game against Auburn. No touchdowns for the junior back, but he averaged 7.5 yards per carry. Richardson rushed for six yards a carry. On the receiving end, he averaged 12 yards per reception. Lack of yards and touchdowns places him fourth.

5.       Andrew Luck (Jr. QB, Stanford)

Not much to say for the Heisman hopeful. Luck has fewer yards (3,170 yards) than last year (3,338 yards), but has more touchdowns with 35 scores through the air. Solid quarterback for the future number one pick, but he finishes last.

C.J. Matson’s Heisman Ballot

1. Robert Griffin III (Jr. QB, Baylor)
After Baylor’s victory over Texas, Griffin III said confidently in a post-game interview, “I could be wrong, but I think Baylor won its first Heisman tonight.” Well RGIII, you have my vote on that argument. Griffin III amassed ridiculous statistics that made life for Big 12 defenses a living hell. Griffin III’s 72.3 completion percentage, 36 passing touchdowns and 9 rushing touchdowns made him the most dynamic player in college football. He was this season’s CamNewton. Like Newton, Griffin III possessed the “awe’ and “wow” factors that mesmerize college football fans.

2. Montee Ball (Jr. RB, Wisconsin)

Montee Ball is Cris Carter because all he did was score touchdowns. Ball’s 32 rushing touchdowns and 6 receiving touchdowns are absurdly incredible. Ball’s 38 touchdowns were one shy of former Heisman trophy winner Barry Sanders’s record for most touchdowns in a season. Running behind one of best offensive lines in the country, Ball ran for 1,759 yards and was the main reason why Wisconsin was 11th in the country in rush offense and 4th in the nation in average points-per-game.

3. Andrew Luck (Sr. QB, Stanford)

Andrew Luck was the prototypical quarterback that NFL scouts had been salivating over for years. Rising Stanford’s football program from the abyss and into an elite national power, Luck lead a Stanford offense that dominated PAC 12 defenses. Luck’s 3,170 passing yards, 70 completion percentage, and 35 passing touchdowns were a key reason why Stanford lost only one game this season. However, his disappointing performance against Oregon was a result of Luck finishing third in my Heisman ballot and not first.

4. Trent Richardson (Jr. RB, Alabama)

Succeeding former Alabama and Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram is no easy task, especially with high expectations at Alabama, but TrentonRichardson exceeded those expectations by making up 47 percent of the team’s offense. Richardson’s 20 rushing touchdowns, 1,583 rushing yards and astounding 6.0 yards-per-carry average jolted an Alabama offense that lacked an explosive passing attack. Richardson’s game against LSU is the sole reason why he isn’t higher on my ballot. Heisman winners must dominate games against big-time opponents. Richardson’s 89 rushing yards and zero touchdowns hurt his case.

5. Tyrann Mathieu (Soph. CB, LSU)

It is refreshing to see a defensive player qualify for the Heisman ballot considering that only one defensive player has won the award. Mathieu is a one of, if not, the best cornerback in the country. Mathieu recorded four touchdowns this season. Two of them were punt returns and the other two were fumble recoveries. Mathieu also forced six fumbles. Even though Mathieu is a playmaker on both defense and special teams, he played for the best secondary in the country. Cornerback Morris Claiborne and safties Eric Reed and Brandon Taylor are not slouches and were just as instrumental as Mathieu this season. Because this year’s Heisman class is superb, it’s hard for me to rank a defensive back above stellar offensive players who were pivotal to their team’s success.

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by pat strathman and c.j. matson
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