The ACC no longer has a viable national title contender, thus we have no Heisman candidate to speak of, either (not fair, but unfortunately true). So as promised, for the remainder of this season, we’ll now be compiling a watch list for the fictional Chris Weinke Award, to honor the best player in the ACC. These posts will remain under “Heisman Watch” for the purposes of consistency and SEO, however. Have other nominees? Submit your ballots below.
Those pesky interceptions are tough to sweep under the rug when it comes to actual Heisman voting, but for our purposes here, they’re a little less important. Boyd’s still leading an 8-1 team in a major conference, and has still racked up some of the best passing statistics in the country (another five touchdown tosses last week). Shouldn’t that count for something? National accolades or not, Boyd’s put on a show thus far this year. Now, he’s not just looking to shatter the Clemson record books, but get the Tigers back to a BCS game, too.
Bernard didn’t play last week, but that obviously doesn’t hurt his candidacy at all. While he’s getting passed up for Heisman buzz, mostly due to his team’s losses (three already) and postseason ineligibility, attention has now focused to whether or not the sophomore running back will even return next season. Considering all of the young talent on that Tar Heels squad, they’re bound for special things going forward. But again, nothing’s guaranteed. So instead, we celebrate the phenomenal performance he’s putting in this season, and hold out some hope that next year gives us more of the same.