2015 Heisman Trophy
It’s been a remarkable year of college football. You play for four reasons. One, to win, Two, to put you school on the map, three, for a chance to win a championship and lastly, to win the Heisman and be given the title of the best player in the country and potentially build up your stock for the NFL draft, I couldn’t forget that. Three young men have been invited to potentially join a very prestigious club. Let’s take a look at them.
1. Derrick Henry (Alabama)- What a year this guy had for Nick Saban and the Roll Tide. What makes him such a special football player? He’s a 6’3, 238 pound running back with the speed of a back that’s 5’11 and 175 or 180 pounds. I’ve never seen a guy his size with the elusiveness that he displays. He can run north and south so he has no issue at all when it comes to running the football in between the tackles and lowering the shoulder to run through a defender. He can also bounce outside and he’s so shifty. He has fantastic footwork and that’s what sets him apart from so many other backs in the country. His breakaway speed once he gets in the open field is also another positive of his game. He’s a threat to take it to the house each time he touches the football and he’s simply the reason why Alabama is back in the College Football Playoff and another shot at a championship. Derrick Henry is a more athletic LeGarette Blount, that’s a very fair NFL comparison. He rushed for 1986 yards and 23 touchdowns.
2. DeShaun Watson (Clemson)- I remember when I previewed who could potentially get to New York City for the Heisman ceremony, this guy was at the top of my list and I’m very happy to see him there and the season he put together after tearing his ACL in 2014. I’ve also stated that the Clemson Tigers will go as far as DeShaun Watson will take them and they had an undefeated season and they are the top seed in the playoffs. He’s a threat each time he steps onto the field because he is excellent from the pocket. He can move inside the pocket to buy himself some time to extend the play and he has the arm strength to push the football down the field. He can make the throws into tight spaces and he can hit his receivers in stride. He’s also great as a runner. He’s very mobile and is more than capable of running one in for six points. He can do it all. The numbers don’t lie. He accounted for 36 touchdowns this season. 27 passing and nine rushing.
3. Christian McCaffrey (Stanford)- He’s the son of a two-time Super Bowl champion, Ed McCaffrey. Not too many people know about Christian McCaffrey because Stanford plays late and people wouldn’t stay up to watch him play. When I saw him for the first time, I was impressed right off the bat. To be so young, he has the mindset of a five-year veteran playing the running back position. He is a very patient runner meaning he doesn’t force himself to get yards. He will wait for the hole to open up and then he bursts with his speed. He can make people miss in a variety of ways. He plants his foot down and runs the opposite way and he has a terrific stiff arm, something you don’t see too often from running backs at either level of the game. We’ve seen so many great running backs in the nation over the last two seasons from Ezekiel Elliott, C.J. Prosise, Dalvin Cook, Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon and Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey deserves as much recognition and praise as those other guys. He rushed for 1847 yards and scored eight touchdowns in his 2015 campaign.
Prediction: Derrick Henry is my vote to win the Heisman and join a prestigious club in sports today. He will become for the first Alabama player to win the Heisman since Mark Ingram in 2009. He singlehandedly was the engine to this Roll Tide offense and he had his best games against seven of the top 25 teams in the country. 147 yards and three touchdowns against then-ranked number 20 Wisconsin, 127 yards rushing and a touchdown against (15) Ole Miss, 148 yards and a touchdown against (8) Georgia, 236 yards and two touchdowns against (9) Texas A&M, 210 yards rushing and three touchdowns against (2) LSU and he outperformed then Heisman frontrunner Leonard Fournette which I believe put him on the list of nominations, he ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns against (17) Mississippi State and 189 yards rushing and a touchdown against (18) Florida in the SEC title game just a week ago. He finished the season with nine 100 yard rushing games and four 200 yard games and he scored a touchdown in every game and recorded seven multi-score games.