Well, here we are on the last non-game week Monday of the off season. At this time a week from now, we will be in full blown Penn State season preview mode getting ready for Syracuse and the 2013 season. But before we get there, we asked the VBR staff for their thoughts on some predictions on the season to come in the Big 10, and around the country. Today’s question: who takes home the 2013 Heisman Trophy?
Lead Editor Matt de Bear (@PSUMatt2005)
I’m actually really torn on this. And no, it’s not because there’s some guy named Jonathan Football in College Station, Texas. No, I’m torn because the best player in the country is almost certainly Jadevon Clowney, but he’s also a defensive end, and those guys never win an award like this. However, I think Clowney has the hype (and the GIF) to make it interesting. But my vote is going to be Braxton Miller. He’s the best player on a team that is going to get a ton of attention all year, and he plays quarterback. Sounds like a recipe for Heisman glory to me.
Staff Writer Eric Sion (@ericbsion)
For this season’s Heisman, I’m going to go with A.J. McCarron. He has a ridiculous amount of experience and is also going for a third straight national championship. In 2012, he threw for 30 touchdowns and only three(!) interceptions. McCarron will once again have a mammoth offensive line to protect him and he also has a silly amount of offensive weapons at his disposal. The loaded Crimson Tide backfield is led by running back T.J. Yeldon, who’s also a pretty good receiver. And in terms of receivers on the outside, Amari Cooper (who was awesome as a freshman last season) will be McCarron’s go-to guy. McCarron also has Kenny Bell, Christion Jones, Kevin Norwood and a bunch of others to throw to as well.
Staff Writer Corey Hunter (@realhuntdog23)
Currently, the sexy choices for the 2013 Heisman Trophy are Braxton Miller and Jadeveon Clowney. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are great players who will do amazing things this year, but I think Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville will be your winning recipient.
Bridgewater’s odds, per Brovada, are currently at 15/2, sitting only behind Jadeveon Clowney (7/1) and the clubhouse leader Braxton Miller (5/1).
My reasons for liking Bridgewater are simple – he’s got a great schedule (2 of his 3 toughest games – Rutgers and UCF are at home while his lone road test, Cincinnati, comes after a bye week), plays for a consensus top-10 team (unlikely to lose a game in the new AAC Conference – the remnants of the former Big East conference), and he has shown the ability to perform well on the biggest stage (let’s give a woot, woot to the Florida Gators for last year’s Sugar Bowl collapse).
All of these reasons make Teddy Bridgewater my choice as the winner of the 2013 Heisman Trophy.
Staff Writer Barry Leonard Jr (@barryleonardjr)
I’m probably following the crowd on this one, but Braxton Miller is my favorite to win the Heisman. He’s progressed and improved this year and I’m expecting big things from him this season. He needs to improve his throwing a bit, but his ability to run and make big plays makes him a star. Also, it doesn’t hurt that Ohio State is likely looking at a run to the National Championship game.