The six Heisman Invites have been offically handed out to four quarterbacks and two running backs respectively. All six will gather in New York on Saturday night for the annual ceremony presentation of college football’s top award; the Heisman Trophy. While on the surface it appears to be a race for second with a run away winner, it is great to see six players get their just due recognition.
Jordan Lynch, Johnny Manziel, Tre Mason, A.J. McCarron, Andre Williams, and Jameis Winston are the six players that received invites, and a win for each would represent different history in Heisman tradition.
For Lynch, he would be the first player ever from the MAC to win. Manziel would become just the second player ever to win multiple awards. Mason is the player that was talked about the least until about two weeks ago when his Auburn Tigers simply ran, and ran, and ran to improbable win after improbable win. For McCarron and Williams, incredibly, they would be just the second winner all-time in each of their school’s long and storied histories. Lastly, Winston, likely the presumed favorite, would be the second straight freshman to win the award after no freshmen ever having won the award previously.
Each player deserves in their own right to be on the list. It is great to see Lynch especially included in this group being that he is the guy from the small school, the non-automatic qualifier. It is great for the committee to look past school affiliations and give recognition to statistical, all-around achievements. Hats off to the Downtown Athletic Club for this. While the winner seems to be a foregone conclusion, it will be great to honor not just one player but six deserving student-athletes.
Nick Schaeflein is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.