Saturday, November 24, 2012

0 Manti Te'o for Heisman is a bunch of crap

By Kenny Howell

ESPN has determined that the final two contenders for the Heisman are Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o. The first one makes sense, but why the second one exactly? Just because they are No.1 right now? Just because they don't have a quarterback you can consider a Heisman candidate? Just because he plays for the first pretty good Notre Dame team in quite some time?

If you look at the numbers, which ESPN likes to disregard on a daily basis because of arguments like "numbers are for geeks" and "the eye test," Te'o shouldn't even be in the discussion. Te'o appears in only three major categories on defense, and only one relatively high. He has six interceptions, which places him tied for third in the nation. He is tied for 100th in solo tackles, and tied for 64th in fumbles recovered. He is not in the top 100 in the nation for sacks, tackles for loss or forced fumbles. So he doesn't get big plays that drop the offense back.

Then you look at a guy like Georgia's Jarvis Jones. Jarvis leads the nation in tackles for loss (18) and forced fumbles (6). He is second in the nation in sacks (10). And he is tied for 30th in fumbles recovered (2).

But somehow, Te'o, is considered the front runner because he is a "leader," which means he is excellent at pointing and yelling. Jones name went away earlier in the season after some offenses schemed against him well. But he has still managed to make a ton of big plays against a tougher schedule. Te'o will probably have a decent NFL career, but best player in the nation? That's a bunch of crap.


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