Georgia’s Todd Gurley Should be Near Top in Heisman Chase…But He’s Not
Tajh Boyd is at the top of ESPN’s Heisman Watch Poll, and I can’t argue with that. I saw what he did to Georgia’s defense firsthand on Saturday night. In between long, slow sips of Press Box chocolate milk (if you think I’m kidding, see below), I watched him elude tackles, shake, bake and otherwise tool the Bulldogs for 272 total yards while accounting for five touchdowns.
I get tha Tajh Boyd-ness. Tajh was even impressive during warmups.
But I don’t get why Georgia running back Todd Gurley is ranked eighth in the poll. I don’t get why he only got one second-place vote, one fourth-place vote and one fifth-place vote from of a 16-person poll. That’s bogus.
For those who haven’t seen: Todd Gurley was selected SEC Offensive Player of the Week…IN A LOSS! He ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries while missing significant time to injury. So who else does he trail?
Besides the legitimate Tajh Boyd (and Jameis Winston), here’s the list:
2. Teddy Bridgewater: 355 yards passing, 5 TDs, 1 INT against Ohio. Remind me again how 12.68 yards per pass attempt is more impressive than 12.8 yards per rush attempt.
3. Marcus Mariota: Mariota accounted for 347 yards and three TDs against Nichols State. That’s supposed to matter?
4. Johnny Manziel: Good grief. Manziel hit on 6 of 8 passes for 94 yards. He ran six times for 19 yards. He threw three touchdowns, but he was sacked twice. His 27 attempts either through the air or on the ground accounted for just 73% of Gurley’s 12 carries.
5. Braxton Miller: This fellow is the truth. Not only did he connect on 15 passes but he threw for over 175 yards against Buffalo! Oh, but he’s dual-threat? Maybe he shouldn’t be. He ran the ball 17 times for 77 yards. Nevermind the fact that Todd Gurley’s current yards-per-carry average would have generated nearly three times that many yards on the same number of carries. Let’s focus on the fact that Ohio State’s actual running back – Jordan Hall – averaged significantly more yards per carry but only got four more attempts.
6. Jadeveon Clowney: Clowney’s three total tackles were instrumental in South Carolina’s 17-point win over North Carolina. Said Steve Spurrier after the game, “If Clowney doesn’t step up and make those three tackles, we probably give up 298 yards instead of the 293 that we held the Heels to.”
7. Jameis Winston: I dig this. But why is he also so low? His passer rating was a billion. He hit 93% of his passes for 356 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs while scrambling for another score. He’s the Todd Gurley of QBs!
ESPN tries to convince us that indiivudal awards like the Heisman Trophy matter, but they don’t seem to take the polling seriously. If you want people to watch football this year, why not promote people who are having great seasons this year. Tajh Boyd fits that bill, Jameis Winston fits that bill and Todd Gurley fits that bill. I can’t criticize Bridgewater for his great performance against a bad team or Manziel for his lack of playing time, but promote this year’s Heisman Trophy…not last year’s.
That’s all I got/