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Previewing the Heisman Ceremony

(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Heisman Trophy has been Lamar Jackson’s since the first week of the season. But the four players headed to NYC with him was up for grabs all season. Last week, DeShaun Watson, Baker Mayfield, Jabrill Peppers, and Dede Westbrook were the four players chosen as finalists alongside Jackson. For the first year in awhile, the voters left off deserving players as finalists for the Heisman. Peppers doesn’t deserve to be a finalist, I don’t care if teams stopped kicking to him or if he played 75 different positions, he doesn’t deserve the honor. Outside of Watson and Jackson, you could argue that the other three finalists are interchangeable. Here are the three players I think deserved a shot to be in NYC tonight. 

Jake Browning, Washington- The Huskies wouldn’t be in the college football playoff if it weren’t for Browning. The Washington QB dropped in 42 touchdowns in the air and four on the ground to lead the Huskies to an 12-1 season and a spot in the playoff. Browning has only thrown seven picks, which is less than Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson, and Baker Mayfield. The sophomore is third among P5 quarterbacks in yards per attempt and has the fifth highest QBR in the country. Browning has dominated the west coast in his second year as a starter. A major issue is Browning plays late at night, when most fans are done watching games. The power five’s leader in TD passes will have to wait until his junior season to make the trip to NYC.

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State- Pumphrey is less than 200 yards away from being the all-time leading rusher in NCAA history, and he was never a finalist for the Heisman. Granted the competition isn’t as strong in the Mountain West, Pumphrey still deserved the recognition. The senior back was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award after rushing for 2,018 yards and 16 touchdowns. Pumphrey and SDSU finished 10-3 and won the Mountain West Title over Wyoming last week. Make sure to watch Pumphrey next Saturday against Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl.

D’Onta Foreman, Texas- Very rarely are two 2,000 yard rushers left out of the Heisman Ceremony. But both Foreman and Pumphrey will be at home instead of in NYC tonight. Foreman led the NCAA in rushing yards and won the Doak Walker Award on Thursday. The Longhorns did not qualify for a bowl game, but Foreman still showed out on a terrible team. In 11 games, Foreman ran for 15 touchdowns and averaged 6.3 yards per carry for the Horns.

I’m guessing Lamar will collect at least 80% of the first place votes. Here is what the final ballot will probably look like.

  1. Lamar Jackson
  2. DeShaun Watson
  3. Baker Mayfield
  4. Dede Westbrook
  5. Jabrill Peppers

I don’t have a vote, but if I did, this would be my ballot.

  1. Lamar Jackson
  2. DeShaun Watson
  3. Jake Browning
  4. D’Onta Foreman
  5. Baker Mayfield

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Article written by Trey Huntsman

The KSR Baseball guy. Follow me on Twitter @TreyHuntsmanSEC.

16 Comments for Previewing the Heisman Ceremony

  1. david8577
    7:54 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink

    Lamar is going to win, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t trash. Doing Heisman poses in the last game of the season while your team is losing to a rival says everything you need to know about this guy.

    • 502CodeRed
      10:27 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink

      Not sure I would even consider UK a rival anymore. Playing them does nothing for Louisville but drag down their RPI. Nothing to gain and everything to lose. Congrats again on the Cats super bowl win.

    • runningunnin.454
      10:47 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink

      Dragged them down, all right……right out of the Orange Bowl.

    • KYcats11
      11:36 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink

      502 code red. Just shut up brother, u just mad cause we beat you (on your home field). 38-41

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:05 am December 11, 2016 Permalink

      LOL. If you can’t beat ’em, quit.

      They still mad.

  2. KYcats11
    8:53 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink

    Wow, this was an incredibly stupid waste of time. Deshun won the head to head and is headed to the playoffs, whIle lamarre choked his ass off. Hmm. And dede Westbrook is absolutely amazing to watch, and i don’t know why you dont give him credit.

  3. 502CodeRed
    10:22 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink

    One might see the Governors Cup in Lexington from time to time. That’s OK. A victory every decade or so makes it mildly interesting. On the other hand you will never see a Heisman winner at UK. At least not in our lifetime.

    • runningunnin.454
      10:50 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink

      Interesting, Ha ha ha.
      The best Louisville team ever, the one-time lofty no. 3 ranking, talk of national championship, and Lamar winning the Heisman.
      But, it can’t be considered a successful season, one jewel is missing….they couldn’t beat UK.

    • KYcats11
      11:36 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink


    • KYcats11
      11:38 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink

      Code red 502. Come on now bud. We beat you so you can just shut your mouth that simple. Go ahead brag about your little heisman winner that chokes to death. That’s cool. But in case you didn’t know, footballs a team sport.

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:03 am December 11, 2016 Permalink

      …..yet UK leads the all-time serie 15-14………..🤔

    • dshwildcats
      9:00 am December 11, 2016 Permalink


      First of all, congratulations to Lamar on winning the Heisman. That is a great accomplishment, and well deserved. He was definitely the most outstanding player in college football this season.

      That being said, even though Lamar seems to be a good kid, he definitely could learn a little lesson in humility after his stunt(s) in the Kentucky game two weeks ago. Doing the “Heisman pose” in a game that is back and forth like that game was, maybe gives us a little insight as to where Lamar’s focus was that afternoon.

      The attitude of the Louisville players, coaches and fans toward Kentucky, is in part what got Louisville beat that Saturday. When you have absolutely zero respect for your opponent, it will eventually come back to bite you, and it definitely did Louisville and its fan base that afternoon. On your home field; as an almost 4 TD favorite; with two extra days of preparation that Kentucky didn’t have; an Orange Bowl bid on the line; and, the eventual Heisman winner playing for you, the Cards lost to a team that was hungry and very motivated. Louisville fans can claim it was a fluke, but the fact is that Kentucky had more total yards, more First Downs, won the TOP, and won the TO battle. Kentucky outplayed Louisville that day. And looking ahead to next year, Kentucky has far talent more coming back than Louisville. I like Kentucky’s chance to beat the Cards in Lexington next November.

      As far as saying Kentucky will never have a Heisman winner, my advice to you is–never say never! Growing up in Louisville, I attended some Louisville Football games back in the 70s. If you would’ve asked me and the other 7,500-10,000 fans in the stands at those Cardinal games, we all probably would’ve said that Louisville would never have a Heiman winner. Heck, before Schnellenberger took over, there was a strong debate as to whether Louisville would even have a football program going forward.

    • 502CodeRed
      9:36 am December 11, 2016 Permalink

      “The best Louisville team ever”. 9-3? We’ll let this be your little secret. Gotta love them t-shirt fans. lol

    • KYcats11
      9:39 am December 11, 2016 Permalink

      38-41, normally heisman don’t cost their team the game and choke their ass off, just obsercation I had, while watching the team sport of football

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:05 pm December 11, 2016 Permalink

      Name a better season UofL has had, Code Red.

      I’ll wait……

  4. dshwildcats
    2:30 pm December 11, 2016 Permalink


    Objectively, this is one of the best seasons that Louisville’s ever had. Louisville handed Florida State the worst loss in the history of their program. They went down to the wire against a solid Clemson team, in one of the toughest environments in all of college football. They were ranked as high as #3 in the AP poll after crushing the Seminoles. They had the eventual Heisman trophy winner. I would say this season, as far as accomplishments are concerned, ranks right up there with the 2006 season as Louisville’s two best seasons ever.

    Some Cardinal fans may point to the 1990 season, when Louisville beat Alabama in the Fiesta Bowl, and finished the season 10-1-1. But, that Louisville team did not beat a team with a winning record that year until it beat the Tide. Beating a “blue blood” program like Alabama in a bowl game is great! But, that Alabama was 7-4 coming into that bowl game; and, Louisville was actually ranked higher than Alabama going into the game.

    An argument could also be made for the 2012 season, when Louisville smacked Florida around in the Sugar Bowl. But, that Louisville team got stomped at Syracuse; and, lost at home to a bad UConn team. Not to mention the fact that Louisville had several games early that year where they were very lucky to escape (i.e. Southern Miss, FIU and South Florida). As I recall, going into that Sugar Bowl against the Gators, most Card fans that I know were not very confident.