“The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.”
That is the mission statement of the Heisman Trust, word for word, from the Heisman webpage. Nowhere does it say “We will award the Heisman to the biggest, strongest, fastest, most athletic freak with a cool name.”
Why then is Jadaveon Clowney getting so much preseason Heisman hype?
I’m not going to sit here and tell you he isn’t one of the best defensives ends in the country, because he is. I’m not going to tell you that he isn’t among the best defensive payers in the country heading into the 2013, because he is. I am, however, going to tell you that there is nothing we’ve seen from Clowney outside of being big, strong and fast that tells me he should be considered a front-runner for an award that is supposed to be given to the best pla...