kearly wrote:Manziel in a landslide. Granted this is a big down year for Heisman finalists, but I've never seen a freshman with the control, leadership, and development that Manziel has. If he can't win it as a freshman in a year like this than I wonder how many decades we'll have to wait before a freshman wins it.
I really don't get why Te'o was nominated. Most defensive Heisman nominees are either historically great defensive college players or bring massive contribution on special teams. Te'o does neither. It's silly that he'd win the award for best offensive player when he's not even the best defensive player in the country.
Technically the Heisman is for best player period, not just on offense. Of course, Woodson is the only guy who played primarily on D who's ever won, and he got it for his kick returns as much as anything else (plus he also played some WR).
I agree that the Heisman buzz for Te'o is a little over the top. He's a terrific talent, etc. But as you said, he's not the best defensive player out there. I don't think he'd get the same buzz if he played somewhere other than ND.
Obviously I'm biased, but I was surprised Marqise Lee didn't get an invite. He's had an incredible year and also has an amazing story (kind of like Michael Oher). He did win the Biletnikoff the other day though, which isn't a bad "consolation" prize.
At this point I'd be shocked if Manziel doesn't win. He seems to have the most buzz.