Heisman Trophy: Why I Voted For Joe Burrow (And Had To Think About It)

Heisman Trophy: Why I Voted For Joe Burrow (And Had To Think About It)

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Heisman Trophy: Why I Voted For Joe Burrow (And Had To Think About It)

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Joe Burrow won the 2019 Heisman Trophy. Here’s why Pete Fiutak voted for the LSU star, along with explaining the rest of his ballot.


Why My Heisman Vote Went To Joe Burrow

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It really wasn’t the slam-dunk I thought it would be. The rest of my ballot coming in a moment.

LSU QB Joe Burrow was the first choice. He had to be. The stats were all-time amazing, he came up large in the biggest of games, and he mostly fit my pretentious criteria for being the signature star of the college football regular season.

There wasn’t even a blip. He never ducked below the 71% mark on completion percentage, he finished the season with a completion rate of 78%, he threw for over 300 yards in every game but the 55-3 opener against Georgia Southern – he only hit 23-of-27 passes for 278 yards and five scores – averaged close to 11 yards per pass, threw 48 touchdowns passes and just six picks, ran for three other scores, and finished the regular season with a passer rating of 201.47.

Considering he played the entire season – this comes into play in a moment – it was the greatest regular season by any quarterback in the history of college football. And, oh yeah …

He hit Alabama for 393 yards and three scores on the road – and won.

He made a statement against Texas on the road with the world watching, throwing for 471 yards and four scores – and won.

He threw for 321 yards and a touchdown against Auburn, and hit 88% of his passes for 293 yards and three scores against Florida – and won both.

And he hit 74% of his passes for 349 yards and four scores in the SEC Championship against Georgia – and won.

I did have to think about it, though, but he played the best all year, did it in the biggest of games, and at the highest of levels. It really does stink that Fields or Hurts did what they did this year.

However … 

3,000 and 1,000. In any other year, Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts wins in a landslide. All he did was throw for 3,634 yards and 32 touchdowns and run for 1,255 yards and 18 touchdowns. In an MVP sort of way – take him off of Oklahoma and there’s no chance the Sooners are in the College Football Playoff … maybe – he deserved consideration, and statistically, he hit the magical 200 passer rating mark, too.

Hurts was better this year than Kyler Murray was last year, and he was better than Baker Mayfield was two years ago. But here’s the problem – where’s the giant win? Beating Baylor twice was nice, but … there wasn’t anything to get fire up about. There wasn’t a win over a Florida, or an Alabama on the road, or a Georgia.

Jalen Hurts was second on my ballot. He managed to be one of those signature guys, especially over the first half of the college football season. He made FOX a ton of money.

No. 2 was hard. Picking No. 3 was easy. There’s absolutely no argument against Ohio State QB Justin Fields.

There’s actually no argument whatsoever against Fields for No. 1, either, as an MVP, an MOP, or a signature player. No qualms whatsoever here if he won it.

Almost 3,000 yards passing, 40 touchdowns, one interception, 471 rushing yards, ten touchdowns. He didn’t make any major mistakes, he was great in wins over Wisconsin and Michigan, he was fan against Penn State, but …

He just didn’t have the massive wins that Burrow came up with. It was a special year, and again, there’s no arguing against him, but Burrow did it in the bigger games against the bigger teams AND had the stats.

Nah on Chase Young. I know he was dominant, and I’m not going to argue that he’s not the actual most talented or “best” player in college football – however you want to measure that – but he didn’t have the season that Burrow, Fields or Hurts did.

Tua Tagovailoa should at least get some mention. He shouldn’t be in the Heisman final three, he obviously got hurt, and his side lost to Joe Burrow’s team, however, when he got hurt, he finished the year with the most efficient season in the history of college football.

Jonathan Taylor, Chuba Hubbard and JK Dobbins each got at least a few minutes of, “mayyyybe, I should put one of them No. 3.” There was absolutely no way I could leave off Fields or Hurts.

In the end, Joe Burrow came up with a pillar-to-post perfect Heisman season. There was no other choice for No. 1

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