What would happen if the Heisman was voted on after the bowl seasons?
Heisman Trophy: What if voted on after bowl games, 2016
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?
Winner: 2016 Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville
The Final Three Were …
2. Deshaun Watson, QB Clemson
3. Baker Mayfield, Sr. Oklahoma
The Likely Winner After The Bowls Would’ve Been …
Deshaun Watson, QB Clemson
The Final Three Likely Would’ve Been …
It’s not that Lamar Jackson was bad, it’s that Deshaun Watson became legendary.
Actually, it is because Jackson was bad, too. Louisville was bad.
The Cardinals lost their final three games – Jackson had no room to move thanks to a leaky line – with three interceptions against Kentucky in a 41-38 loss, and he had no hope against LSU, completing just 10-of-27 passes for 153 yards with just 33 yards in the 29-9 bowl loss.
And then there’s the Baker Mayfield problem – he would’ve made a push for that No. 2 spot after ripping up Auburn with a. 19-of-28, 296-yard, two score day in a 35-19 Sugar Bowl win.
But Deshaun went to a whole other level.
Not everyone voted for Jackson for the Heisman – he got the Tigers to the CFP, won the ACC title, and he led Clemson to a win over Louisville – but it would’ve been a landslide of landslide post-bowls after throwing for 259 yards with a score in the 31-0 win over Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, and doing that to take down Alabama with 420 yards, three scores and a national title.
He threw two picks against the Buckeyes, but he also took off for 57 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 43 yards and a score against the Tide.
Along with the Vince Young vs. Reggie Bush debate of 2005, this is Exhibit A for why the Heisman voting has to be done after the bowls.