This year's Heisman finalists are in, and I'll have to admit, I'm fairly impressed by this group of players. All too often, I end feeling like too many half-rate players got invites to New York, but this year, these guys are all worthy, and a few excellent players didn't get invites due to the crowded field. The only thing to be disappointed about is that our guy--Marcus Lattimore--got hurt and couldn't make it. At any rate, here are my thoughts on the field. Let me know what you think, too.
Robert Griffin III. This is the guy who deserves it, IMO. When I think Heisman, I think the player who's so good he that he single-handedly changes the complexion of a game. That's why I never liked Mark Ingram for Heisman; he was a great back, but he wasn't the kind of guy who did it all by himself. RGIII does. What is Baylor without him? A 4-8 team, maybe? The guy is a magical player who takes games in his hands and makes plays. I loved that he played best in the biggest games at the end of the year. That finish against Oklahoma was simply breathtaking.
Montee Ball. I love this guy. Great running back with mind-blowing stats, and does it in a conference with good defensive lines. I'd have him above Richardson or Luck, but he'll probably finish fourth.
Trent Richardson. Better than Ingram, IMO, but you can't give him the award because RGIII is so good. Still, Richardson would be a deserving player most years. That run against Ole Miss was great.
Andrew Luck. He'll be a great pro, but not sold on this guy as a Heisman candidate. It's not just that he lost to Oregon; it's also that he played his worst game of the season in that game, when his team most needed him to take over and win the game for them. He'll finish no lower than third due to reputation, but he should probably be fourth. Frankly, I thought Matt Barkley might have been the best P12 QB by year's end.
Honey Badger. I'll have to admit, I'm not quite sold on this guy. He's a great player, obviously, but does he have a bigger influence on a game than, say, Barkley? Claiborne is a better cover corner than he is, although I guess you have to give him lots of credit for those punt returns.