To say that the final 2012 Heisman Candidate List left a lot to be desired would certainly be putting it nicely. The Candidate Selection seemed forced, which in fact is another way to put it nicely. The Heisman isn’t like the Baseball HOF voting, meaning if there’s a year where no one is standing out in an attempt to earn the coveted trophy or separating themselves from the others, we simply can't have a season in which NO ONE wins it. There must be a Heisman trophy winner every season no matter how lack luster or boring the candidates are or appear to be. This really isn’t a knock on this past season’s winner; Johnny Manziel who I think was a perfect candidate and certainly earned the award as he epitomizes what the Award stands for. It was the candidates outside of Manziel that no one seemed to get excited about for more than one reason. Sure the “numbers” the other candidates put up were “respectable” numbers but nothing that defines what the Heisman trophy really is.
A matchup that looked better when it was scheduled in the pre-season has undoutedly lost what little luster it had coming into this season as both teams have been elmintated from playoff contention and both teams have been victimized by poor QB play respectively.
The Jets are actually coming into the game with somewhat of an intriguing storyline that should give Jets fans a reason to actually tune into a game, a game that would otherwise be virtually unwatchable at this point. The Jets have a new starting QB after benching Mark Sanchez after his abysmal performance against the Titans on MNF. Mark Sanchez played so incredibly bad he could probably be suspended for “Conduct Detrimental to the Team” and the NFLPA wouldn’t even fight it, yeah it was that bad but as bad as that was, it’s no longer any immediate reason to dwell on it as Greg McElroy has now been given the reins to the Jets offense and will look to capitlize on what he called “an opportunity of a lifetime.”
If you have been paying attention to anything I’ve been saying for the past 8 weeks then you already know how I feel about Johnny Manziel. Having first watched Manziel play week 4 vs Arkansas, it was clear to me as to how and why and he was simply the best QB on the field that day, which is saying a lot considering Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson was projected to be one of the best QBs not just in the SEC but in the entire nation.
Manziel exploded onto the college football scene this season, leading the SEC in total offense with 383.2 YPG and rushing with 102.4 YPG and guiding Texas A&M to a 7-2 record and a 4-2 record in SEC play. Manziel is currently completing 66.6% of his passes and has thrown for 2,527 passing yards, that’s good for 2nd in the SEC while he ranks 3rd in the conference in passing yards per game averaging 280.8 per game.