Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 11/17/11
I can't remember how many years I voted on the Heisman Trophy. What I do recall, however, was looking at the ballot one season and realizing that the entire concept of picking America's best college football player was totally absurd. The thing has turned into a media carnival, with entire mid-season TV shows devoted to the latest front-runners and which guys moved up or down on the basis of their most recent games. Sometime in the 1990s, I finally found the guts to do what I'd been considering for quite awhile sending back my ballot without any names and asking to be taken off the Heisman voter list. In the end, my reasoning was ridiculously simple: The Heisman Trophy was a goofy idea all along, and as the years have passed, it's become even more of joke. Consider that the ballot comes in the mail, accompanied by just one simple instruction to vote for the best player in America. There are no other guidelines. Think about that notion for a minute, and surely you'll realize it's just nuts. Fun for fans and the non-stop babblers from a zillion media outlets, sure but in reality, it's a completely unfair popularity contest fueled by expensive campaigns, statistics that can be inflated by schools hoping to land a winner, yada, yada. I've hosted talk shows in several major markets, and for years I'd get calls from football junkies who couldn't believe I refused to vote on the Heisman. They'd always ask: "Why?" My standard reply usually went something like this: "Well, what if the best player in the country the guy who absolutely, totally dominated his position more than anyone else happened to be an offensive guard at Utah State?" Could he win? Not a chance. Would his name even reach the public consciousness? Don't be silly. Nah, the Heisman turns into a statistical battle among quarterbacks and running backs at huge schools almost exclusively teams that are ranked in the top 10 nationally. That's bad enough, but think about something else: How on earth can Heisman voters ever see all the candidates for this award? Reporters and broadcasters who cover one school follow only that team and its opponents plus watching a few highlights they pick up on TV. Even national pundits can't possibly watch enough teams and focus on enough players to make a truly informed choice. This year's Heisman watch was locked for weeks on Stanford's Andrew Luck, who will be the first pick in the NFL draft unless he's seriously injured between now and selection day. But then Stanford, through no fault of Luck's, got rolled by an Oregon team that was faster and more talented at multiple positions. Soone lossand Luck's stock dropped, elevating Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weedon to the top spot. Back up for a minute, though, and remember that ballot with the simple instruction to choose the "best college player in America." Heck, there are a million ways to judge candidates by that wide-open standard so stats have become insanely important. Numbersand winning. Hey, Luck and Weedon are great players having terrific years, just from what I've seen. But has either of those guys been more important to his team, or more efficient given what he's asked to do, than Collin Klein of Kansas State? Klein has been almost super-human while taking one beating after another as he's led the surprising Wildcats to an 8-2 record and a national ranking. Klein isn't even considered a passer, but he's completed 129 throws in 219 attempts for 10 TDs giving him a sensational quarterback rating of 127.1. As a thrower! No, that doesn't compare to all-day gunners like Luck, Weedon, Houston's Case Keenum and several other cannon-armed QBs. Wait, though. Klein also has run for 1,305 yards and an astounding 24 touchdowns and that rushing total would be much, much higher if sacks didn't count as part of your running yards in college football. OK, now subtract the gigantic yardage Klein's lost while being sacked 27 times, and you start to get the picture. This kid gets clobbered on every play while running K-State's option offense, and yet he's accounted for 34 TDs including almost all the ones that have decided games. Last week, for instance, Klein practically willed K-State to a 53-50, four-overtime victory over Texas A&M running for five scores and throwing for another. All this occurred despite the loss of the Cats' only true deep threat, freshman Tyler Lockett now lost for the year with a lacerated kidney. Am I saying Klein deserves the Heisman Trophy? No, because I reject the premise of the Heisman entirely but my goodness, what more could a college player possibly contribute to his team's season? Like front-runners Luck and Weedon, Klein also provides K-State with unquestioned, never-quit leadership. Put it another way: Would K-State be 8-2 with either Luck or Weedon at quarterback? Maybe, but I doubt it. Yet you never hear Klein mentioned on any of these so-called "Heisman shows." What nonsense! Look, I can't prevent football fans from caring about the Heisman Trophy winner. The thing has taken on a life of its own. I feel a lot better, though, knowing I have no part in picking a "winner" in this crazy scheme.
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