November 7, 2007
Powered Up: More than a Heisman hopeful
I used to love the Heisman Trophy. I would set my clock by the presentation on ESPN. I remember seeing Barry Sanders win it and Andre Ware (my dad actually let me help cast his vote that year, perhaps the first 14-year old ever to have a Heisman vote). I thought it was the coolest award in sports.
I don't really think that anymore. Not after I've seen Gino Toretta and Danny Wuerffel win it. It doesn't really go to the best player. If Colt Brennan is in the top five this year, then as far as I'm concerned, you should just stop giving the thing out. Brennan has three more touchdowns and fewer yards than Chase Daniel against a schedule Missouri would beat with its backups. And, oh by the way, Brennan took two games to throw as many picks as Daniel has all season. Please, voters, don't make this mistake.
But anyway, I'm interested in the Heisman again. Why? Because I think there's going to be a Missouri Tiger in the room when it's handed out this year.
Before the season, there was some speculation about what Chase Daniel would have to do to be a viable candidate. I threw some numbers out there. I thought if Daniel threw for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns while Missouri won the Big 12 North, he might have a seat at the ceremony.
To get to those numbers, Daniel must simply average 349 yards and throw a total of seven touchdown passes in Missouri's last three games. Are they big numbers? Sure, but the fact is that Daniel has thrown for more than 349 yards in four of Missouri's nine games this season. He has at least two touchdown passes in six of nine contests. So the numbers are well within reach.
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