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Deshaun Watson: Does He Deserve The Heisman?

ABSOLUTELY … BUT SO DO HIS FELLOW FINALISTS Clemson University quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy – joining Alabama running back Derrick Henry and Stanford all-purpose offensive standout Christian McCaffrey. He is Clemson’s first-ever Heisman finalist for the coveted award. Does the 6-foot-2, 205-pound sophomore deserve to win?…

ABSOLUTELY … BUT SO DO HIS FELLOW FINALISTS

Clemson University quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy – joining Alabama running back Derrick Henry and Stanford all-purpose offensive standout Christian McCaffrey.

He is Clemson’s first-ever Heisman finalist for the coveted award.

Does the 6-foot-2, 205-pound sophomore deserve to win?

Yes … although both Henry and McCaffrey make excellent cases to take home the trophy.

First, the numbers: Watson has thrown for 3,512 yards and thirty touchdowns this season – and rushed for another 887 yards and 11 scores.  The last player to eclipse 3,500 yards passing and 800 yards rushing?  Johnny Manziel – who won the Heisman in 2012.  Also Watson’s team is ranked No. 1 in the nation and is currently undefeated – something neither Henry nor McCaffrey can say.

“This could not have been done without my teammates and our coaches,” Watson said.  “This is a team award as much as anything.  Being undefeated and No. 1 ranked has everything to do with this.”

Watson also has wins over three teams ranked in the Top Ten of the College Football Playoff poll (Notre Dame, Florida State and North Carolina) – the only quarterback in America who can say that.

“This means a lot because I have come a long way from last year,” Watson said.  “A year ago on December 12, I was recovering from surgery.  I remember watching a story about Adrian Peterson and how he suffered a torn ACL but came back to become the MVP of the NFL that next year.  That inspired me to work hard on my rehab.”

Henry’s argument?  Well, the junior tailback broke the SEC’s single season rushing record with 1,986 yards – tops in the NCAA in 2015 – and scored 23 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide.  He also put up those gaudy digits against the best defenses in the country (while playing for an offensive unit with an anemic passing attack).  That strikes us as a far more impressive performance than the one put up six years ago by Mark Ingram, who captured Alabama’s first Heisman Trophy back in 2009.

McCaffrey?  All he did was amass 3,496 all-purpose yards this year, breaking Heisman winner Barry Sanders‘ 1988 NCAA record.  In other words, Stanford’s sophomore star has accomplished something no winner of this award has ever done.

No wonder this year’s vote is expected to be the closest in Heisman history …

The winner of the trophy will be announced on Saturday with ESPN beginning its coverage of the ceremony at 5:00 p.m. EST.  A total of 929 ballots are cast, including 58 by former winners of the award (including former University of South Carolina standout George Rogers, who won the award in 1980).

Of interest?  While no Clemson player has ever won the Heisman, the award’s namesake – John Heisman – coached the Tigers football team from 1900-03.  Also worth noting?  The player who posed for the now iconic trophy design – Ed Smith of the now-defunct New York University football team – never won the award.

So: Who do you think should win?  Vote in our poll and post your thoughts in our comments section below …

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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48 comments

J.Smith December 8, 2015 at 9:52 am

Before I hit the road for South Carolina/Florida….YES!!!!! A great season.Clemson would be 6-6 without him.

If OSU lost Elliot they would have still been 10-2.

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E Norma Scok December 8, 2015 at 10:47 am

“If”..always with the “if”

if wishes were horses beggars would ride.

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pogo December 8, 2015 at 2:02 pm

If MSU had 3/4ths its roster comatose in the hospital, the only thing that mattered were meaningless stats that Ohio State does better on and not scored points, and the game was 20 hours long, Ohio State would be undisputed national championships! LMAO!!!

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Nölff December 8, 2015 at 9:56 am

You said something nice about a Clemson player. Did it hurt?

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mamatiger92 December 8, 2015 at 9:59 am

Give it to #4! I remember when it was a big deal that Woody Dantzler was the first QB to throw for 2,000 & run for 1,000 in a single season.

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E Norma Scok December 8, 2015 at 10:45 am

Well…it still is.

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mamatiger92 December 8, 2015 at 11:03 am

Loved Woody D. :)

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DW4 For Heisman December 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm

And he got snubbed even the invite. the next year Vince Young threw for 2500 and ran for 1000 and won it

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mamatiger92 December 8, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Yep. Spiller’s snub bothered me more. He should’ve at least gotten an invite.

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The Colonel (R) December 8, 2015 at 10:11 am

11 picks and barely winning his last two games (one against a reeling USC and the other only after questionable calls by the Refs) makes Watson a Heisman candidate?

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CNSYD December 8, 2015 at 10:34 am

Remove your garnet tinted glasses. Also get yourself a copy of the NCAA rule book. Check the section covering kickoffs, especially spacing and alignment.

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The Colonel (R) December 8, 2015 at 10:55 am

Reviewed it, coached a little high school ball as well. The call was “offsides”, not “illegal formation”. The only people on this planet who think that was a good call have “traffic cone orange” as the predominant color in their closet. I was pulling for Clemson by the way.

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Squishy123 December 8, 2015 at 11:02 am

Why did UNC losing come down to one play?

BTW – I saw a couple obvious holding calls by UNC during the game that weren’t called.

Dirtpecker fans can’t seem to find happiness anywhere these days.

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21stconfed December 8, 2015 at 12:05 pm

yeah, those two early horsecollar and facemask calls were bull too. both were barely noticeable and did not effect the tackling of the ball carrier. the horsecollar along with the other subsequent unsportsmanlike got Green ejected from the game. Several bad calls that night.

CNSYD December 8, 2015 at 11:20 am

So you agree it was a penalty whether the infraction was correctly quoted or not? Then what does it matter. BTW had it not been called, UNCheat would have to score a TD and go for two and make it to tie not win.

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The Colonel (R) December 8, 2015 at 2:06 pm

No, it wan’t an infraction at all – bogus call. Would it have mattered? probably not, the point is that they shouldn’t have been at that point, the score should have been two touchdowns.

E Norma Scok December 8, 2015 at 10:44 am

Check Watson’s stats against prior years winners–he bettered Jameis Winston (2013) in most of them.

And he’s gone 13-0. Not sure how he doesn’t win it.

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The Colonel (R) December 8, 2015 at 10:47 am

He’ll probably win, but you’d have to go back fifteen years to find a QB winner with a worse interception record.

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E Norma Scok December 8, 2015 at 10:48 am

And yet he still went 13-0. Seems like even more of a reason he should win.

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Tazmaniac December 8, 2015 at 11:09 am

Yeah EnormaS, he didn’t choke on the big one like THE Ohio State.

9" December 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

That’s happened to me before…

Squishy123 December 8, 2015 at 10:59 am

It also depends on his completion stats. If he threw 12 passes all season and 11 of them were picked off or if he threw 1200 passes and 11 of them were picked off is a big difference.

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The Colonel (R) December 8, 2015 at 11:23 am

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21stconfed December 8, 2015 at 11:59 am

don’t forget running game and that he is dual threat.

Bible Thumper December 8, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Padded numbers against Boston College, the #1 defense in the country. R I G H T …

The Colonel (R) December 8, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Boston College finished 3 – 9, they’re an FBS team. Watson threw for 420 yards – his best outing of the season.

Bible Thumper December 8, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Picking apart the #1 Total defense, #9 passing defense in the country. Boston College. Ooooh Kaay..

The Colonel (R) December 8, 2015 at 4:10 pm

What part of 420 yards passing and 3-9 are you missing? The final score was 34-17, Boston isn’t even ranked. (Watson did throw 2 of his 11 interceptions…)

Watson was on, Boston College’s mighty defense was off: 34-17. Rankings don’t mean doodle if you can’t win games.

Torch December 8, 2015 at 2:50 pm

You missed the targeting on the kick off and so did the referees. If they didn’t call offsides and called the targeting would it have made a differnece? It’s a wash.

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The Colonel (R) December 8, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Wasn’t targeting, wasn’t even close, the player was going after the ball.

Argue the off sides with the photographic evidence: http://s16.postimg.org/tha3pq6x1/onside.jpg

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water December 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm

the refs didn’t miss the targeting on the kick off, it wasn’t. the UNC guy dove for the ball that the Clemson guy dropped before that. watch it again without your blinders on.

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a face in the crowd December 8, 2015 at 10:40 am

He might win it, but I would not want an angry Derrick Henry running at me.

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Tazmaniac December 8, 2015 at 10:57 am

Unfortunately, super consistent performers like Henry lose the HT because they make dependable look “boring”.

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erneba December 8, 2015 at 11:10 am

Don’t know much about McCaffrey, but Henry is stiff competition. It should come down to Watson versus Henry, both are well recognized since their respective teams are in the final four. Probably a toss-up between the two.

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Gamecock Fan December 8, 2015 at 11:44 am

I’m a Gamecock fan through and through, but I wish DeShawn the best in the Hiesmen race and Clemson the best in the CFB playoffs. DeShawn has some serious QB skills, can’t take that away from he. Clemson winning the CFB playoff doesn’t hurt the Gamecocks in anyway and it makes the state look good. You won’t hear me say this often by Go Tigers. College Football is very cyclical Clemson is up and the Gamecocks are down, the cycle will change as it does every year.

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Crooner December 8, 2015 at 11:49 am

Give Watson the trophy and let it curse the Tigers in the playoffs. I was pulling for them when they won their title back in the Danny Ford days. But this Gamecock can’t abide them having two.
If Watson doesn’t get it this year he surely will next. He’s that good.

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Elfego December 8, 2015 at 12:07 pm

I would take any of the Three. I think Henry will make the best Pro which has nothing to do with the Heisman but there are no losers in this group of course Watson could make it also.

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Ben Tillman's Ghost December 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm

McCaffrey is the perhaps third best running back in the country and pretty far down the list of receivers. Yes he is a great player on a good team and he is a white guy, but the Heisman? Come on, man.
Henry is responsible for Alabama winning the SEC – Hunter Henry of Arkansas, that is. Derrick Henry is a one dimensional player who doesn’t have to think about anything on the field other than running straight ahead behind a line of Orcs who could make Nick Saban’s grandmother look like Hershel Walker. Where would Bama be without him? Still dominant.
Deshaun Watson – coming off a torn ACL – has made a mediocre team into a National
Championship contender. He has put his team on his back and single handedly won games. He has played his best football in the brightest spotlights under the most pressure. Where would Clemson be without him? 6-6? He is an Academic All American, and leader off the field.
He hasn’t raped anyone, stolen anything, sold autographs, taken money from agents, or yelled “Fuck her right in the pussy…”
And his mother doesn’t have a tongue. So there. He should be the clear winner.

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wayne root December 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm

hate the taters. but yes who else deserves it

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NOhio State December 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm

I can think of one QB that shouldn’t get it.

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Im sorry but i dont think so. December 8, 2015 at 3:16 pm

He is very good, but not the best payer in football (at least not this year). He will and should finish 2nd. He never faced a really good defense. 11 interceptions plus a few fumbles is too many against who he played. He throws the deep ball better than anyone, and has great timing on other routes, but a bulk of his passing yards are screens and that sweep around to Scott that for some reason gets counted as a pass when its a hand off. Excellent player and perhaps next year but Henry will win it this year

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Bible Thumper December 8, 2015 at 3:32 pm

SEC has Great Defenses Myth

FITSNEWS – Henry’s argument? Well, the junior tailback broke the SEC’s single season rushing record with 1,986 yards – tops in the NCAA in 2015 – and scored 23 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide. He also put up those gaudy digits against the best defenses in the country (while playing for an offensive unit with an anemic passing attack).

Im sorry – “He never faced a really good defense.”

Top 50 Defensive opponents: Alabama 5 vs. Clemson 9

Alabama vs. #3 Wisconsin, #6 Florida, #8 Georgia, #25 LSU, #46 Tennessee

Clemson vs. #1 Boston College, #12 Appalachian St. #13 Louisville, #15 FSU, #19 NC State, #27 Pittsburgh, #38 Notre Dame, #39 Wake Forest, #43 Georgia Tech

http://www.ncaa.com/stats/football/fbs/current/team/22

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Im sorry but I dont think so. December 11, 2015 at 8:03 am

so BC and App At (I cant believe you would even try to count them)play no one all year and get to make it look like they have a good defense and GT runs the ball so much the other teams offense never gets on the field to try to get points. also much like a Clemson fan you only count it the way you want. Bama actually played 7 top 50 teams at the time they played the game much like Clemson tries to claim they beat three top 10 teams. if you take end of the year rankings Clemson didn’t they beat 1. you cant get it both ways so which way do you want it? That mean that really leaves Louisville, ND, and FSU who Watson didn’t do too much against and 2 of those only won because it was at home vs a back up QB but there the Wake Game!! Not even a close comparison. Again Watson is very good but he is not the best in college this year and wont win.

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Also December 11, 2015 at 9:52 am

Also he is only using top 50 because it takes that long to give Clemsux an edge. 3-1 top ten for Bama and 4-4 top 25 who much is what most use to rate

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idcydm December 8, 2015 at 5:29 pm

United States Naval Academy quarterback Keenan Reynolds.

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