The Heisman Trophy is one of the most revered and most hated awards in sports. To those that get in that small fraternity it has to be one of the most special moments of a life or at least an athletic career.
For every easy decision for the Heisman Trophy winner like Ricky Williams in 1998 and Cam Newton in 2010 there is Eddie George (Ohio State) winning the Heisman in 1995 over Tommy Frazier (Nebraska), Charles Woodson (Michigan) winning the Heisman over Payton Manning (Tennessee) in 1997 and Paul Hornung (Notre Dame) winning over Jim Brown (Syracuse) in 1956.
It is all over but the shouting in 2012 though because going into championship weekend only one pseudo Heisman candidate is playing. Collin Klein and Kansas State will host Texas Saturday night but Klein (a.k.a. Optimus Klein) might be on the outside looking in.
Already in the clubhouse just hoping for an invite to New York are USC wide receiver Marqise Lee, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and quarterback Braxton Miller of Ohio State.
Let’s be honest this not a stellar year for the Heisman and we could have a freshmen (Johnny Manziel) win the Heisman trophy for the first time.
As for now, Collin Klein will have the eyes of America on him on Saturday as they take on one of America’s marquee programs. Can he do enough to thrust himself to the front of the line? He was there a few weeks ago and they lost to Baylor. How much can be regained in one night?
We’ll see but I’m betting on Johnny!