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P.S.R. Heisman Watch: Week 3

The SEC rules the roost – Monday’s post touting the Big 12 notwithstanding. Beyond the national titles, the SEC has also staked a claim to the Heisman since 2007, when Tim Tebow was the league’s first of three Heisman winners in four years. So… what can’t the SEC do? While it’s going to be hard for a team to take out Alabama or L.S.U. in January, it seems – through two weeks, to be fair – that the SEC will not put forth a leading Heisman contender in 2012. For now, fringe and true-blooded candidates like Aaron Murray, Jarvis Jones, Eddie Lacy, Tyler Bray and Tyler Wilson stand removed from the Heisman’s upper crust. The good news? These players will have ample opportunities to state their case in October and November, when SEC opponents butt heads for conference supremacy. For a player like Murray and Jones, solid showings against Missouri are one thing; doing the same against Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina will make voters really stand up and take notice. Before getting to the list, another installment of This Date in Heisman History:

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    P.S.R. Heisman Watch: Week 2

    This week’s moving and shaking has not impacted the top group: the four or five leading contenders remain in place, with little movement. But along the back end, opening-week showings from several under-the-radar skill players – not too far under the radar, to be honest – has led to a retooling of the second tier. Who knew that Taylor Martinez had that sort of arm? Who knew that Denard Robinson was going to lay such an egg? The latter question raises another interesting idea: What does Robinson need to do to leap back into the mix for the Heisman? It won’t be merely about numbers for Michigan’s senior, though that’s certainly part and parcel of any player’s candidacy – Robinson needs to cut down on interceptions, do more with his legs, score touchdowns, what have you. But Robinson also needs highlight-reel moments, the sort that could remind the voting public why he remains one of the most dangerous players in college football; beyond that, he needs wins. A run to Pasadena would put the bloom back on Robinson’s rose. Before getting to the list, another installment of This Date in Heisman History:

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      P.S.R. 2012 Heisman Watch: Preseason

      Remember when Andrew Luck was a lock for the Heisman? His Heisman campaign took off roughly midway through his sophomore season, when Luck led Stanford to its first major breakthrough, and then reached a fever pitch once he opted to return for one more season with the Cardinal. At this point a year ago, Luck was the odds-on favorite to not only win the Heisman but to win it with ease – going wire-to-wire unlike any Heisman winner in recent memory. That Luck didn’t was not a reflection on his own level of play, which was superb, but rather an illustration of just how hard it is to maintain your grasp on the top spot while dozens of other qualified candidates state their case over the three months of the regular season. Last fall, Luck’s early lead evaporated once Robert Griffin III led Baylor to its finest season in decades, if not the finest season in school history. A year later, Matt Barkley finds himself in a similar situation. Before getting to the leading contenders, the first installment of This Date in Heisman History:

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        No. 10: South Carolina

        Steve Spurrier put it best shortly after South Carolina’s bowl win over Nebraska: “I told the guys, ‘Next year’s team, they’ll try to win 12, because 11 already happened.’” Such are expectations: they grow when fed, like Gremlins after midnight, and are hard to contain once they reach a tipping point. For U.S.C, the tipping point was the breakthrough first predicted when Spurrier took the head job in 2005. All it took was a meeting of anticipation and achievement, which we saw last fall; while the Gamecocks had achieved many noteworthy milestones over Spurrier’s first six seasons, it’s clear that last year’s team took the next step forward. Now? These Gamecocks are no longer underdogs, and after adding the most successful season in school history to an SEC East crown in 2010, must up their game to match the ever-growing expectations.

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          Two-Deep Notes: U.S.C., U.F., Utah and U.C.F.

          With spring comes rain, baseball, grass and depth charts. Each of the latter trio is welcome, with none more so than the parade of two-deeps cascading onto university Web sites over the last two weeks. Another four schools offered up a preliminary depth chart over the last two days: Utah, U.C.F., Florida and South Carolina. With these depth charts, and with a few others, comes spring. An important note, however: All depth charts are to be taken lightly, and then taken outside and lit aflame, because they’re worthless. Less than worthless, perhaps — for many teams, the names and numbers listed alongside the vast majority of positions are space-fillers, more or less.

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            The Year in Review: S. Carolina (11-2, 6-2)

            Steve Spurrier put it best shortly after South Carolina’s bowl win over Nebraska: “I told the guys, ‘Next year’s team, they’ll try to win 12, because 11 already happened.’” Such are expectations: they grow when fed, like Gremlins after midnight, and are hard to contain once they reach a tipping point. For U.S.C, the tipping point was the breakthrough first predicted when Spurrier took the head job in 2005. All it took was a meeting of anticipation and achievement, which we saw last fall. Now? These Gamecocks are no longer underdogs, and after adding the most successful season in school history to an SEC East crown in 2010, must up their game to match the ever-growing expectations.

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              Even In This Career, 2011 Stands Out

              Spurrier: “I told the guys, ‘Next year’s team, they’ll try win 12, because 11 has already happened.’”Mon Jan 02 22:27:12 via web

              It’s not a matter of talent, though it once was: Steve Spurrier’s teams at Florida won in February, out-recruiting the rest of the nation’s elite before going to town from September through December. South Carolina, on the other hand, isn’t — and hasn’t, and won’t, by and large — win with talent, but with coaching. After beating Nebraska, 30-13, in the Capital One Bowl, the Gamecocks were able to achieve something that had never been done in program history: win 11 games. Heck, the Gamecocks had won more than nine games only once in program history heading into this season.

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                P.S.R. Heisman Watch: 2012 Watch List

                Perhaps the only surprising aspect of Robert Griffin III’s Heisman win was that he won the South region, garnering 303 points to Trent Richardson’s 256 in an area easily labeled as SEC country: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. That Griffin won at all is far from surprising, nor is that fact that he won by a fairly comfortable margin. His coronation complete, we can close the book on the race for the 2011 Heisman Trophy. And begin looking towards 2012, as it’s never too soon to handicap an award ceremony 12 months away, right?

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                  The Countdown

                  A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.