|Heisman Trophy Recipe For Success
What are the ingredients Heisman voters look for?
|Power 5 Conference: Not since Ty Demeter won the Heisman at BYU in 1990 has a Heisman
Trophy winner come from a school that's not currently in a Power 5 conference. The P5 conference
schools gain the weekly spotlight by dominating the TV networks and the highlight shows.
|The Right Position: The last two decades have only produced three Heisman winners that weren't
positioned as a QB or RB. Tim Brown 1987, Desmond Howard 1991 and Charles Woodson 1997
broke the mold. Now with each "passing" year, it has become an award taken home by
quarterbacks. Since the year 2000, a QB has won the award every year but twice.
|Breathtaking Stats: Despite Tim Tebow being a sophomore in 2007, Heisman voters could not
deny the 59 Td's he accounted for including an SEC record 22 rushing Td's. Not even Herschel
Walker and Bo Jackson put up those kind of numbers. When QB Cam Newton rushed for 1,409
yards and 20 TD's in 2010, his bid for the award was not to be denied.
|A National Title Contender: It's a trend that's gaining momentum as recent winners (Troy Smith,
Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart Jason White, Mark Ingram and Cam Newton) had their teams
positioned for a national title game appearance when the Heisman voting was conducted in mid
December. In 2011, both LSU's Tyrann Mathieu and Alabama's Trent Richardson were both
finalist and in the BCS Championship Game.
|Buzz and More Buzz: Without the Hype going into the season, it's nearly impossible for a player to
gain the voters attention: With player specific promotional websites and aggressive marketing
campaigns launched by a Heisman candidates particular school, it's essential to start the season
with "Heisman Hype" to match "Heisman Talent!."
|Defining Moment: Doug Flutie's Hail Mary pass against Miami was a defining moment his
Heisman season. 2009 Heisman winner Mark Ingram sealed the deal with a breakout
performance against Florida in the SEC Championship Game.
|Quarterbacks that can run: Tim Tebow won the Heisman as a sophomore because of his
record-setting and stunning rushing stats. Cam Newton 2010 and Robert Griffin III were dual
threat QB's as well.