No college football player in the country deserves the Heisman Trophy more than Case Keenum. Want to argue? Let’s go.
He’s more deserving than Florida’s Tim Tebow, more deserving than Alabama’s Mark Ingram, more deserving than even Texas’ Colt McCoy.
If the Heisman Trophy were a lifetime achievement award, McCoy would have earned it as he puts the finishing touches on an amazing career. He’s in the mix anyway because his team is unbeaten and because he’s completing 73 percent of his passes. He’s 41-7 as a starter. That’s the most victories of any UT quarterback in history, and years from now, McCoy will be mentioned in the same breath as Earl Campbell, Tommy Nobis and Vince Young.
As legacies go, that’s a pretty good one. McCoy also could be the poster boy for pretty much everything a college football player should be.
The Longhorns lean on McCoy as much as the Gators lean on Tebow, so the argument that this player or that player is more important to his team is hard to make. All the great ones are important.
Keenum is still more deserving because he has done things none of the others has come close to doing. He’s the most productive player on the most productive offense in college football.
“I’d say when it comes to performance among the top 15-20 teams, he’s as good a player as there is in the country,” UH coach Kevin Sumlin said.
About the only person you couldn’t get this kind of endorsement from is Keenum himself. Sumlin swears Keenum would love to win the Heisman, but he has steadfastly kept the focus on team goals.
“I don’t know what to think about all that,” Keenum said. “That’s a lot of stuff I don’t know about and am not experienced with. I’m going to ignore that as much as possible and just do what I do. I would rather be on the practice field taking a snap and not answering questions about it.”
Say what you want about McCoy, Tebow and Ingram, but their teams are led by their defenses. Texas, Florida and Alabama are ranked first, second and fourth in total defense. Houston is 116th.
The Coogs are 8-1 because they outscore opponents. Did you say defense wins championships? That’s essentially true, but sometimes a player is so good and makes so many plays that he can overcome the things a team doesn’t have.