Originally posted on The Duck Stops Here  |  Last updated 12/9/12
Handsome, articulate, well-educated, athletically gifted and soon to be rich, a consensus All-American and the second-leading running back in school history, Kenjon Barner got snubbed in the balloting for the Doak Walker Award, just as Marcus Mariota will have a difficult time winning a Heisman Trophy. KB will probably get over it, and Oregon fans have to hope he'll console himself by earning the MVP Trophy in the Fiesta Bowl. Johnny Manziel is a system quarterback. Montee Ball and Johnathan Franklin are system running backs. That's not a knock; it's simply the reality that every great college football player is in place because coaches felt that player fit their system and style of play, surround him with complementary players and offensive looks that enhance what they do best. Manziel wouldn't be the same quarterback in a pro-style offense. Franklin and Ball don't belong in a four and five-wide vertical passing set. They thrive with a big fullback and ginormous linemen blocking ...
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