Both players constructed wildly impressive statistical profiles in 2014, so it was difficult to establish a hierarchy between Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Alabama’s Amari Cooper on my Heisman Trophy ballot.
Gordon is the nation’s best running back. Cooper is the nation’s best receiver. That made for a tough decision.
For second place, anyway. The No. 1 spot couldn’t have been clearer.
Like almost all of the Heisman electorate, my first-place vote went to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who, predictably, was announced as this year’s Heisman winner during Saturday night’s ceremony in New York.
Voting for Mariota, the fourth-year junior from Honolulu, Hawaii, was a no-brainer. He shot to the front of the Heisman race weeks ago, and did nothing during the final month of the season to make anyone believe he is anything other than the best college football player in the country. Read more »
The Huskies return to practice tomorrow. Until then, have some links, including more honors for Hau’oli Kikaha and Danny Shelton.
— CBS Sports named Kikaha and linebacker Shaq Thompson among their first-team All-America selections (with Shelton on the second team), and USA Today named Shelton to its first team (with Kikaha on the second team). Sports On Earth announced its All-America teams, too, with Kikaha on the first team, and Shelton and Thompson on the second.
With all regular-season and conference championship games complete, the College Football Playoff committee convenes today to announce its final rankings. The top four teams will play in the inaugural CFP (the Rose and Sugar bowls serve as semifinal sites). The next seven teams, plus Boise State, will fill out the rest of the “New Year’s Six” bowl games (Fiesta, Orange, Cotton and Peach). If Arizona is one of those teams, the Huskies will almost certainly play in the Cactus Bowl (Jan. 2 in Tempe). If not, every Pac-12 team behind Arizona also gets bumped down a peg, and the Huskies will need an at-large bid elsewhere.
The CFP selection show will air at 9:45 a.m. on ESPN. The rest of the New Year’s Six bowl participants should be revealed by noon. Huskies coach Chris Petersen and select players are scheduled to meet with the media at about 5 p.m., an hour before the UW men’s basketball team’s 6 p.m. game against 13th-ranked San Diego State.