NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: The 2010 Heisman Trophy is displayed prior to a press conference for Heisman Trophy candidates at The New York Marriott Marquis on December 11 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Oklahoma State Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon will not win the Heisman trophy this year, but don't worry - elite wide receivers never do. Well, almost never.
In the 75 years that the award has been presented, only 2 Wide Receivers have been presented with the trophy. Tim Brown in 1987 and Desmond Howard in 1991. Howard played defense and returned kicks and punts, so he didn't win the award for his receiving merits. Brown was an "all purpose" type receiver as well, finishing his career at Notre Dame with just 137 receptions.
Ultimately, it was the "all purpose" nature of these two that vaulted them to the top of the Heisman award ballot, not their ability to get open, move the chains and catch touchdowns,
There is no question in my mind that Justin Blackmon is the best wide receiver in the country. None. But it makes more sense to me to promote Brandon Weeden for Heisman.
QB's have won 8 of the last 10 years, and after 2 games, he's second in the nation in passing yards behind Nick Foles. Oklahoma State also sit atop the rankings in total offense largely because of Weeden's ability to manage it. The problem here is that we've got a mini campaign going for both of them and it's just not going to happen. Wide Receiver's that don't return kickoffs and punts do not win the Heisman.
It's time to let the Heisman dream for Blackmon go. Let's focus on what actually could happen, and let Justin Blackmon win back to back Biletnikoff awards while Brandon Weeden chases the Heisman dream.