The Heisman Price Is Right!
When the Washington Huskies take on the Stanford Cardinals this Saturday night on ABC all the heisman focus will be on quaterback Andrew Luck. Last season the Huskies marketing went all out to promote Jake Locker for the heisman.
What I ask now is why is there no Keith Price for Heisman talk?
He plays at a high profile school, has the stats and play the most important position in football.
In this following post I’ll give five reasons why Price should at least be considered for the heisman.
1. Stats don’t lie:
This season Price is second in the entire nation in passing touchdowns and eighth in passer efficiency rating. Price has completed 69.4% of his passes for 1,466 yards with 21 touchdowns to just four interceptions.
Price is on pace for 42 touchdowns to eight interceptions on the season.
2. Turned the Huskies into an offensive juggernut despite losing Locker:
The UW Huskies are averaging 37.0 points per game despite losing a quarterback in the first round. The Huskies offense for the first time in school history scored over 30 points in six straight games. In over 100 years of football this is an historictically great offense which is led by Price.
3. He plays for a high profile school:
When trying to win the heisman you have to play for a high profile school. Price plays in a big media market in Seattle and plays in a conference which has Seattle, Portland, Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Denver and Phoenix covering the Pac-12 games.
Price will play at least three games on national t.v. this season where the first game the Huskies lost but he played well throwing four touchdowns on the road in Lincoln, Nebraska.
4. He plays the most important and high profiled position:
When trying to win the Heisman you are typically a quarterback or a running back. The last non Quarterback/Running Back to win the Heisman was Charles Woodson in 1997. Price by playing quarterback will be in the running as that position has won the heisman 9 of the last 11 seasons.
5. Price has made the Huskies into winners; makes for good story:
A program who was 0-12 just three years ago is now 5-1 and on the cusp of doing some big things. The Huskies especially with a key upset or two can really land Price in the heisman trophy running.
Those are my reasons why he should be in the running but here is the main reason he won’t be in the running.
If you aren’t playing for a national title you have no chance:
Since the 2000 season the winners of the Heisman have played in the national championship game in 9 of 11 winners. The two who didn’t play in the game were Carson Palmer who played in the Orange Bowl and Tim Tebow who won the national championship the year prior.
The Heisman has turned into a best player on the national title team award.
In conclusion, I think Price could have a chance at being invited to New York but not this year.
Price has laid the groundwork as a sophomore and by his senior year he will be a household name.
Hopefully by then the Huskies are a BCS program as this team features plenty of young rising stars.