Every year the Heisman Trophy is given out to the best player in college football. The voters for the Heisman trophy are 840 members of the media from around the country and the former winners that are still living. Last year’s winner, running back Mark Ingram of Alabama, narrowly edged out another running back, Toby Gerhart of Stanford. This year’s Heisman should go to a quarterback, either Kellen Moore of Boise State or Andrew Luck of Stanford. My vote, if I had one, would go to Luck. Here’s why Andrew Luck should be the winner.
Andrew Luck has Stanford Near the Top of the Polls
With Andrew Luck under center Stanford is currently 8-1 and 6th in the BCS standings. Stanford’s only loss on the year came against #1 Oregon back on October 2. Wins and losses are the most important stat for a quarterback and Andrew Luck wins a lot more than he loses. Stanford has a great chance to win their next three, get to 11-1, and play in a BCS game as an at-large team thanks to their quarterback.
Luck Plays the Most Demanding Position
The most difficult and demanding position in football at any level is quarterback. The quarterback has to know the playbook inside and out and has to be the leader on the field. As quarterback you touch the ball on every play and are counted on to make the right decisions. Luck makes the position of quarterback look easier than it really is. When you watch Andrew Luck play quarterback his poise and confidence are amazing. He rarely makes a bd decision on the football field and his teammates look to him as the coach on the field.
Andrew Luck has Heisman Caliber Statistics
Through the first 10 games of the season Luck has thrown for 2213 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Luck has a quarterback rating of 163.4, good enough for 7th in the country. An area of Luck’s game that is often overlooked is his ability to get out of the pocket. Luck has 340 yards rushing this year and three rushing touchdowns. Luck averages 8.6 yards per carry, better than fellow Heisman hopeful Cam Newton (6.5).
Andrew Luck is a True Student-Athlete
College football is supposed to be about the student-athletes. Students first then athletes. Not only is Luck successful on the football field he is also doing well in the classroom. Luck carries a 3.55 GPA in architectural design at Stanford University. Andrew Luck is also a good teammate, and by all accounts, a good role model. In the wake of Reggie Bush forfeiting his Heisman trophy, it is important that the Heisman go to a man of character, and I think that Andrew Luck is that man.