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Johnson: Weeden Deserves The Heisman Hype

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Posted Nov 7, 2011


Week 10 5 Thoughts - Johnson: Weeden deserves to be in the Heisman mix

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By Terry Johnson 

With the Heisman Trophy announcement almost one month away, the talk about who will win the trophy has heated up considerably. 2010 finalists Andrew Luck, LaMichael James, and Kellen Moore return after finishing second through fourth last season. Each player has done nothing to hurt his cause this season and will likely return to New York again this year.

Among new candidates, most of the talk centers on RB Trent Richardson of Alabama, Landry Jones of Oklahoma, Robert Griffin III from Baylor, and Case Keenum of Houston.

However, there is one notable omission from this list – Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden. Sure, some of the Heisman watch lists have the 28-year-old Weeden as a dark horse candidate, but for the most part his name does not come up. But, it should.

A closer look at Weeden’s numbers will demonstrate why he deserves serious consideration for the nation’s most prestigious award. Weeden is the leader of the Oklahoma State offense, which ranks second nationally in passing offense. Despite playing in a passing attack that throws downfield more than other schemes do, Weeden has completed 72% of his passes this season. In addition, Weeden ranks third in the nation in completions per game, fourth in passing yards per game, and 11th in passing efficiency.

In addition to his outstanding numbers, Weeden has been at his best in big games. Against then-No. 8 Texas A&M, Weeden had one of his best games of his career, throwing for 468 yards and 2 TD’s. More impressively, Weeden showed the character and poise of a Heisman Trophy winner, rallying OSU to a victory on the road after falling behind 20-3 at halftime.

He did the same thing again last night. Playing against a Kansas State team that had only lost to No. 6 Oklahoma, OSU trailed 24-14 in the second quarter after a Weeden pick-six. Weeden led the Cowboys to a FG on the ensuing drive and had his team back in the lead by halftime. After K-State rallied to take the lead with 6 minutes to play, Weeden promptly led OSU to two touchdowns to win the game 52-45.

With his outstanding numbers, his leadership, and the ability to rally the Cowboys when they fall behind, Weeden should start moving up on voters’ Heisman ballot.

What would it take for Weeden to win the Heisman?

While he might seem too far behind the frontrunners, there is still one month worth of football left to play. And in that time, anything can happen. For example, if Oregon visits Stanford and blows out the Cardinal, Andrew Luck’s chances of winning the Heisman will decrease immediately. By the same token, Kellen Moore’s chances could diminish considerably if the Broncos lose to lightly regarded TCU, Wyoming, or San Diego State.

In either of scenarios, Weeden would move up, because he would be the star player on an undefeated team.

Even if none of the other frontrunners should falter, Weeden still has a chance to earn the Heisman Trophy. If Oklahoma State can win its next two games, the Cowboys would enter the Bedlam Series undefeated with a berth in the BCS title game on the line. This would give Weeden a chance to prove to himself in front of all the Heisman voters, who would watch the game because it had national championship implications.

With a victory over Oklahoma, and a berth in the BCS Championship game, Weeden will vault above all of the other contenders, and finish no worse than second in the Heisman Trophy voting.

How likely is this to happen? Ask Mike Sherman or Bill Snyder.

- Cirminiello: Not buying into Oklahoma State yet
- Fiutak: Does Oklahoma deserve to be in the BCS hunt?
- Harrison: Joe Paterno's on-field issues  
- Zemek: Joe Paterno's off-field issues
- Sallee: Missouri's move to the SEC
- Johnson: Weeden deserves the Heisman hype