Here’s the story on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston winning the Heisman Trophy over Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron.
It was a difficult filling out my ballot this year. There were off-the-field scandals and teams losing at the end of the year.
Winston won being the best player on the undefeated No. 1-ranked team. His issue was being involved in a sexual assault allegation.
The Heisman has many definitions to different people. Best player? Winston should win. Most Valuable Player? North Illinois’ Jordan Lynch should have won. Best player on the best team? Winston again.
But what about if Alabama beat Auburn? McCarron might have won as the top offensive player on the best team. Instead he’s second in the Heisman and Lynch third. Being at a small school makes Lynch an automatic long shot.
Should the winner be of high character? If that’s important, Winston and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel (autograph scandal) should have been eliminated and not been finalists.
So, my ballot ended up being 1. Lynch, 2. McCarron, 3. Winston.
McCarron would have been No. 1 for me if the Tide beat Auburn. Winston was off the ballot until the last second. He’s the best player, but I couldn’t put him No. 1. Many people left him off, and looking back I should have.
He slipped in at No. 3 because there’s a part of me that says the award is about football and not character, but Reggie Bush was stripped of his trophy when he was deemed ineligible when he won it.
Lynch was my No. 1 because he was so productive and his team needed him at his peak to do so well over the years. The difference in Lynch over McCarron is that Northern Illinois would be nowhere without him. Alabama is so talented that someone else have may been able to do what McCarron has done — maybe.
McCarron and Lynch were equal to me as team MVPs, but the big running numbers coupled with the passing numbers of Lynch moved him ahead since they both lost their last game.