What would happen if the Heisman was voted on after the bowl seasons?
Heisman Trophy: What if voted on after bowl games, 2014
It’s a college football tradition to award the Heisman Trophy, the premier individual prize in all of sports, in between the end of the regular season and the bowls. What would happen if the voting was done after the season was over?
2014 Marcus Mariota, QB Oregon
The Final Three Were … 1) Mariota, 2) Melvin Gordon, RB Wisconsin, 3) Amari Cooper, WR Alabama
The Likely Winner After The Bowls Would’ve Been … Marcus Mariota, QB Oregon
The Final Three Likely Would’ve Been … 1) Mariota, 2) Gordon, 3) Ezekiel Elliott, RB Ohio State
This would’ve been an interesting fight.
Marcus Mariota rolled easily to the Heisman trophy after a stellar regular season, with Melvin Gordon second and Amari Cooper third. However, TCU QB Trevone Boykin finished a distant fourth and Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott was nowhere in the mix.
Boykin’s TCU destroyed Ole Miss, but he threw three picks to go along with 65 rushing yards. He wouldn’t have cracked the top three, but Elliott might have taken over the No. 3 spot after running 20 times for 230 yards and two scores against Alabama in the College Football Playoff, and tearing off 246 yards and four scores on 36 carries to bring Ohio State the national title. Cooper, though, would’ve made it interesting with nine catches for 71 yards and two scores in the loss to the Buckeyes.
Gordon wouldn’t have moved out of the second spot after running for 251 yards and three scores in the bowl win over Auburn, but Mariota would’ve held on to the Heisman after a 338-yard, two score performance in the Rose Bowl win over Florida State, and he threw for 333 yards and two scores in the loss to the Buckeyes.