Heisman Trophy: Offense vs Defense

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

December 14, 2019, at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, the winner of the most coveted award in all of college football will be announced: the 2019 Heisman trophy.

On average, 3-4 players are typically invited as a finalist. This year, however, I believe the race comes down to two candidates.

The favorite being Joe Burrow, the outstanding Louisiana State University Tiger’s quarterback. Burrow without a doubt has been the most consistent quarterback in the country.  The Ohio State transfer will take his Tigers to the SEC championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Monday, Burrow (via Teleconference) told the national media – “We’re fired up to be here. LSU hasn’t been there since 2011, so this is one of the goals we had for the season. So we’re fired up to play.”

With Heisman ballots already out. Many are said to be holding off till most of the conference games are played this weekend. If Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers play up to their expectations, there is very little doubt among experts that you will hear Joe Burrow named called December 14. Or is there?

Should Joe Burrow falter, the player in waiting is none other than Ohio State’s edge rusher Chase Young. Yes, a defensive player. I asked several fans if they ever thought we could see another defensive player win the Heisman. The last was University of Michigan’s Charles Woodson in 1997. Over 50% said they thought we would see another defensive player land the award.

Young, while missing two games this year, has compiled a stat line of 38 tackles, 19 of them for losses, with 16 sacks. He holds Ohio State’s single-season sack record. Speaking with former Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, he said easily Young is the best college football player in the country. He already plays at the level that all but assures him to be a top pick in this year’s 2020 NFL draft.

The award has gone to an offensive player the majority of the time over the past decades with little consideration for the best defensive player. I really don’t see that changing much these next few years. There is no question that the award has become running back and quarterback driven. Some will even go as far as saying “hype” driven by the media, becoming more of a popularity contest then the true meaning of the award.

So as we get set to settle in and watch these two men battle in their respected conference championship games, both will get that last second chance to prove they are indeed the best player in all of college football.

Who do you think is Heisman worthy?

 

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