BlueGrayOctoberSky Blog/Pick Your Candidate
As the new season approaches, we always take a look at the new Heisman hopefuls that merge onto the scene in the preseason talks. This year has a different feel than recent years past as to the number of candidates in discussion, and Dark Horse contenders.
We’ll start with Ohio St because, lets face it, they possibly have 2 players in the running, and can go 1-2 in the voting at seasons end. JT Barrett, and Ezekiel Elliott both pretty well had a “Big Play” montage of highlights on every college recap show all season long. By now you’re thinking JT Barrett hasn’t been named the starter over Cardale Jones yet, but c’mon, he’s gonna start. Should we talk Braxton Miller being a dark horse candidate as a WR? Staying in the B1G, we keep an eye on Conner Cook (Mich St), and Christian Hackenberg (Penn St). Arguably the 2 most pro-ready QB’s in the conference, both look ready to have big seasons with great talent around them.
The SEC once again goes a little lite on QB’s this year, but goes RB heavy with Nick Chubb (Georgia), and Leonard Fournette (LSU). Just say Hike! hand the ball off, and watch the destruction. Both are very powerful runners with the speed to break plays wide open. I wouldn’t want to stand in front of either one of those 2.
In the BIG 12, its Trevone Boykin (TCU). He’s on most people’s radar as the favorite, and for good reason. TCU is loaded with talent, the schedule isn’t bad, and it looks as if the stars have aligned for him to put up about a million yds of offense this year.
In the ACC its Deshaun Watson (Clemson). The concern here is health. He suffered a torn ACL last season, and all indications lean toward him being stronger than ever for this season. If he has monster games against Notre Dame, and Florida St, he’ll be thrown right at the top of the discussion list.
The PAC 12 goes to QB Cody Kessler (USC), and RB Royce Freeman (Oregon). Kessler might be the most pro-ready QB in the country, and with the talent that USC has every year surrounding him, big numbers are gonna come by in scary fashion for opposing teams. If Oregon wants to hang onto the Heisman, give the ball to Royce Freeman. With Mariota gone, they don’t have proven leader under center. Look for Freeman to follow up his freshman year by shouldering the load for the Ducks this season.
I wouldn’t be able to live with myself without giving Jaylon Smith LB (Notre Dame) a mention. Manti Te’o finished runner-up to Johnny Maziel, and it’s not too far fetched that Jaylon Smith could find himself in the discussion at this seasons end.
I’d love to read your comments on other players worthy to make the list. This discussion is open…….
Well as we approach our College Football Season we are bringing back “College Football Saturday”, also we will be talking H.S. Football Across the State of Indiana every other Saturday.
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Now on to this weeks BlueGrayOctoberSky Blog
Should the cut block be banned totally? If you’re a fan of triple option football, then the answer is HELL NO! And it could be suggested that I’m a big dummy for asking. This is a designed block used with the intent of cutting a defender down at the knees. It’s only legal within 5 yds of the line of scrimmage, and within the tackle box. Also, the defender can’t be engaged with another player, or it’s considered an “illegal chop block”. Most teams use this technique in some form or another, but the most devastating team that uses it is Navy. Now, I’m not really crying about it because I’m an Irish fan, and it seams like half the defense is out for the rest of the year after the Navy game. I’m just merely asking the question, and checking the water temperature on this subject. I understand why teams like Navy use this weapon. I’m guessing because of size restrictions, the OL is undersized to block straight up. How dangerous is this style of play, and what are ways to protect yourself against injury from it? How many knees, ACL’s, MCL’s, shins, ankles, and feet have been sacrificed for the good of a hard fought win?