Faceoff: Who will win Heisman Trophy

Jacob Oberdorf:

In just about a month from now, the 80th annual Heisman Trophy presentation will take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

In the past two seasons, we have seen the first two freshman to take home the award for the best player in college football.

However, this year’s list is a more veteran heavy.

You really can’t go wrong with many of these candidates.

I mean, you have Marcus Mariota from the University of Oregon. Mariota has thrown two interceptions in 277 attempts in the 2014 season.

Not to mention his career high 10. 04 yards per pass attempt.

Then you have the guy who came out of nowhere to emerge in the Heisman race.

That is Dak Prescott for Mississippi State University.

Prescott is the leader of the team putting Mississippi State football on the map.

Prescott has thrown 18 touchdown passes in nine games this season.

I haven’t even mentioned his 699 rushing yards and his 11 rushing touchdowns for the Bulldogs this season.

It is obvious that these guys are the front-runners to take home this award.

However, my pick for the Heisman Trophy is going to buck a trend.

The trend that has nine of the last 10 Heisman Trophy winners being quarterbacks.

My pick is going to be the first non-quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy since Mark Ingram received the award in 2009.

My pick for the 2014 Heisman Trophy is the junior running back from the University of Wisconsin, Melvin Gordon.

Gordon is the best college running back in the country right now.

He is following the footsteps of fellow Wisconsin alumni Montee Ball and 1999 Heisman Trophy Winner, Ron Dane.

Gordon has run through and past opponents this season for a total of 1,501 yards thus far.

Gordon is averaging 7.6 yards per carry and has scored a total of 21 touchdowns.

He is averaging 166.7 yards per game.

Gordon has had a season of career highs in 2014.

He had a career high for rushing yards in a game when he rushed for 259 yards against Northwestern in October.

He rushed for a career-high five rushing touchdowns against Bowling Green.

He also recorded a career high in rushing attempts with 32 against South Florida.

This Wisconsin team relies on Gordon.

He is the player that every team puts all their focus on containing each week.

Yet, Gordon still produces and is the best player on the field each week.

Now, I admit, this has been a rare down year for the Badger program.

By down, I’m talking about how they have already lost two games at this point of the season.

However, Gordon is the heart and soul of this team.

He is the type of running back that gets you out of your seat when he gets handed the ball.

He is so shifty, that he is near impossible to tackle.

If you do happen to get in his tracks, he also has the capability to lower his shoulder and make you pay.

Now as I mentioned before, Mariota and Prescott are the front-runners at the moment due to the fact that their teams are right there in the national title picture.

However, I feel like Gordon is a dark horse that deserves consideration for the 2014 Heisman Trophy.

Alex Henry:

It’s that time of year as the college football season begins to wind down, the debate rages of who deserves the honor of winning the Heisman Trophy.

The Heisman is given to the best college football player in the nation, and in my mind without a doubt that is the Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota.

To me, it is no contest that Mariota is the clear choice for Heisman.

He is superior to Mississippi State’s quarterback Dak Prescott, Wisconsin’s running back Melvin Gordon and Texas Christian University’s quarterback Trevone Boykin.

The redshirt junior, and leader, of the Oregon Ducks is projected to be one of the top picks in the upcoming 2015 NFL draft.

Mariota has lead the Ducks this season to a 9-1 record and currently ranking second in the AP Rankings.

Mariota has 29 passing touchdowns this season combined with 2,780 yards and has completed 67.1 percent of his passes.

Meanwhile, Mariota has thrown just two interceptions this season.

The passing game is only one dynamic of his offensive prowess.

The (Maserati) Mariota has averaged 5.9 yards per carry this season on 89 rushing attempts totaling 524 yards and putting up an impressive eight rushing touchdowns.

Mariota has been a tremendous leader for Oregon this season and is having a career year.

Mariota has faced tough defenses this year in Utah, Stanford and Washington and has still managed to combine for 37 offensive touchdowns this year for the Oregon Ducks.

In the teams one loss this season he has a total quarterback rating of 60.3, but, in the other nine games this season Mariota has  92.1 total QBR.

This shows how vital Mariota has been to his team’s success this season and the impact he has made to propel the Oregon Ducks to being ranked No. 2 in the nation in Division I college football.

When you look at Mariota’s  competition for the Heisman trophy, Mississippi State’s quarterback Prescott has just a 61.1 completion percentage for 2,231 yards with 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions on the year.

Prescott has also rushed for 143 carries with 779 yards and 11 touchdowns but still has averaged less than Mariota with 5.4 yards per rush.

Looking at Wisconsin’s running back Gordon who has put up solid numbers this year with 198 rushes for 1,501 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns.

Gordon has managed an impressive 7.6 yards per carry this season and has 11 receptions for 83 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

Even though Gordon has been tremendous in the run game for the Wisconsin Badgers, he has not had the overall impact Mariota has, and his team has suffered two losses on the season, ranking them No. 20 in the nation.

Another candidate, TCU’s quarterback Boykin, has completed just 58 percent of his passes this year with 203 completion on 350 attempts for 2,691 yards.

Boykin has had 23 passing touchdowns and four interceptions this season.

He has also rushed 111 times this season for 546 yards and averaging just a mere 4.9 yards per carry and managed seven rushing touchdowns.

To me it is clear that Mariota will be named the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner.

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