Despite the ESPN narrative, Henry is subject to some degree of SEC fatigue amongst others in the local media around the country. The Big 10 and Big 12 areas, without legit candidates of their own, are certain to have Watson somewhere on their ballots.
With regard to McCaffrey, many either won't be familiar with him due to west coast bias (translated, east coast sleepy heads who had watched football coverage and games for 14 hours before some of Stanford's games even kicked off) or view him like CJ Spiller, amassing yardage and stats but not carrying a team.
The only downside to Watson's chances has been how long it took for his candidacy to take off. If voters waited, he should win it. If they voted two or three weeks early, who knows?
How cool would it be for DW4 to take it this year and repeat ext year with two Nattys to boot?
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I ran the numbers against Henry and they're not impressive..
Dec 8, 2015, 10:01 AM
I wanted to see what the best individual rushing/all purpose numbers were against the teams that Alabama played.
In other words, how other teams ran the ball against the same teams Alabama faced.
Henry was the leader in only (5) games, and three of those he ran the ball over 30 times. Florida, which is what most ESecPN heads are using as his signature game, he was in 3rd place behind D. Cook and L. Fournette. Cook beat him with almost half the carries!
I will post all the numbers around lunch time... I wanted to compare Watsons too, but this took longer than I expected.
Wonder if this is based on polling some of the voters? If so, he definitely has a chance. He was also No. 1 in the CBS writers poll.
The running back vote may be split with DW4 No. 2 on most of the ballots that voted a running back for No. 1. DW4 was obviously No. 1 on most ballots that voted a QB No. 1, otherwise, Mayfield from OK would have gotten an invite.
Watson is the best team player on and off the field. The Heisman folks want a college player that can represent all the past winners with integrity now and in the future. I think Henry will be third and DW or McCaffrey have the best chance to win the trophy.
If they vote on merit and don't have a big glass of sec juice first, then without a doubt he can win. He has more yards , more touchdowns and is the reason we are #1 and undefeated. No question. Henry is good. But Watson is the leader of the offense. He has all the responsibility. Henry and the other guy just takes the hand off. Wayne was 4 yards shy of Henry's yardage with half the carries against the #10 team vs the #18 team. Watson is the clear choice. GO TIGERS!!!
Something I haven't seen any of the talking heads mention on Henry is that he has almost no receiving yardage. Only 10 catches for 97 yards. Compare that with Watson, who has over 3500 passing yards and nearly 900 rushing yards. Strikes me that the Heisman winner ought to be strong at more than one element of the game. Watson fits that bill, hope he can bring it home. We're gonna need a bigger trophy case!