Once per month this offseason, we’ll take a look at the ACC‘s top five contenders for college football’s highest honor: the Heisman Trophy. Sure there’s a very slim likelihood we’ll see an ACC player receive the award this year, but nothing wrong with dreaming.
ACC’s Top Five Heisman Contenders for 2012
Through eight games last season, Boyd was among the nation’s best. Now that he has a full season under his belt, will he be able to keep it up for a full season? If he can, and manages to improve upon his impressive stat line from 2011, a Heisman trophy may not be the only thing experts are talking about come November and December. As Boyd excels, so will Clemson. The Tigers go as far as he can take them.
2. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson (Last Month: 2)
As true as the above statements on Boyd may ring, however, one can’t forget how much his success can be linked to Watkins, either. As a receiver, a return-man and even a runner out of the backfield, the rising-sophomore can do it all, and even better, he’s driven to do the work to prove it. Away from the ball, Watkins draws double-teams, allowing the offense to open up for its other tools, too. Assessing the ACC’s Heisman field, if anyone can prevent Boyd from being the league’s top contender, it’s his number-one target, Watkins.
While the weight on Glennon’s shoulders may not be equivalent to that of Boyd, he’s still got a lot to prove in his senior season as the unquestioned leader of the Wolfpack (chuckle away!). His strong arm and quick decision-making in the clutch have become the type of stuff reputations and draft stock are built on, but can it also be the foundation of an ACC title campaign and/or darkhorse Heisman candidacy? He’ll need help, for sure, but it’s not out of the question. Continue reading