Tuck: Heisman Surprises

Johnny Manziel.

Robert Griffin III.

Cam Newton.

Mark Ingram.

Sam Bradford.

Tim Tebow.

The last 4 Heisman winners were barely an afterthought in the preseason discussion about who was the best player in the country.  Most people had no idea who Manziel or Newton even were.  RG3 played at Baylor, so he wasn’t even worth bringing up.  Ingram couldn’t be considered, well not with Tebow, Bradford, and McCoy all returning.  And even before them, sophomores Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow were off-radar winners, starting a string of youth being served like it never was previous.

6 straight years of surprises, ranging from subtle to mind-blowing.

So who could shock us this season?


SURPRISES- They’ve started, but aren’t getting mentioned as all-conference players…yet.  The key is they are all talented, and all are on teams capable of winning their conference.

QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford

QB Stephen Morris, Miami

QB Devin Gardner, Michigan

QB Kain Colter, Northwestern

QB David Ash, Texas

QB Brett Hundley, UCLA

QB Bryn Renner, North Carolina


NEED NAMETAGES– They may have played, but were backups or started with little fan-fair.  This is the group I feel will be introducing itself to America with highlight reel plays.

RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor

QB Blake Bell, Oklahoma

QB Jameis Winston, FSU

QB Taylor Kelly, Arizona State

RB George Atkinson, Notre Dame

RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

QB Bryce Petty, Baylor

RB Matt Jones, Florida


SMALL SCHOOL POSSIBILITIES- They’d need an unbeaten season to gain focus on what they are doing.  They are long-shots, but could be names mentioned every week for the award.

QB David Fales, San Jose State

QB Derek Carr, Fresno State

RB Jay Ajayi, Boise State

QB Chuckie Keeton, Utah State