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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

December 8, 2006 at 2:42 PM

So who’s your Heisman winner?

The Heisman Trophy announcement is Saturday, not that you really need to bother. There figures to be as much suspense to the winner of this as a trial on Boston Legal (I want James Spader defending me if I ever get in trouble).
Still, I’m one of the 900-plus voters, so I sat down a few days ago and finally filled out my ballot (actually, you can do it online now, and I always like to wait until the last minute so there’s as much evidence as possible).
After I’d looked over all the players and all the numbers, I came to the same conclusion as I figure everyone else will — it’s got to be Troy Smith.
It’s fun to try to make a case for an underdog, find someone off the beaten path to vote for. But it’s impossible to ignore what Smith has done — he’s the quarterback of the best team in the nation and has put up shocking numbers (30 TDs against five interceptions, a 67 percent completion percentage, and 233 rushing yards).
So I punched in Smith number one — and if he doesn’t win it, it’ll be the biggest upset since, uh, Stanford beat the Huskies (sorry).
After that was where it got fun as I debated among Brady Quinn, Darren McFadden and Colt Brennan for the final two spots on my ballot.
I ended up going with McFadden number two. I love his versatility, which is the kind of thing I think sets college football apart from the pro game and should be embraced whenever possible. Had he led Arkansas to the SEC title, he had a chance to get more first-place votes. But among BCS schools, anyway, Arkansas was as big a surprise as there was this year, and McFadden was as big a reason why.
I wanted to give Quinn his fair shot, even though it was hard for me to get out of my head that he flamed out in his team’s two biggest games of the season. His numbers, however, are undeniably impressive (here they are) and reviewing them reminded me that he didn’t play as poorly against USC as watching the game led me to believe.
Then I looked at Brennan and one number stood out above the rest — 53 touchdowns. That’s 18 more than Quinn. Sure, his offense allows for him to do a bit more chucking, but the difference in pass attempts isn’t as great as you might think — Brennan had 517 to Quinn’s 432.
So that’s how I voted — Smith, McFadden, Brennan.
I’d love to hear yours, even though I realize there’s little to do but sing the chorus in a year like this.

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