After Troy Smith’s and Ohio State’s romping of my hometown Texas team, Brady Quinn’s performance against Penn State, and Adrian Peterson’s continuous bullying of college football, it is about time we label them as the leading candidates for this years Heisman Trophy. While there are still numerous games to be played, stats to be accumulated, and opinions to be formed, the Heisman winner is ultimately determined by one thing: “Star Power.”
So who has it? What is Star Power?
Star Power is the ability to attract the public to your stage, to bring fans to your games…basically, to make people want to see you succeed. Star Power makes reporters want to interview you, causes magazines to want to print your face and puts little children in awe of your capabilities. Star Power is what separates the players who surprise us when they perform well, from the players who we expect to perform well. And when players live up to their expectations, Star power generates money, fame and eminence.
Who has Star Power? You would think that it is the players that earn it, but rarely is that the case. The players with Star Power are the players who are at the big school, playing with the big team that has big talent. You rarely see the Heisman Trophy go to the player from a non-major conference. You have yet to have seen the Heisman Trophy go to a team that is not talented enough to reach a formidable bowl game. And if a player does not have a decent supporting cast that can truly attest to the importance of that player, he surely will not win the Heisman Trophy. Thus, the players with the most Star Power are, first, the ones that come from the perfect situation, and 2nd, are the ones with the talent.
Now that you understand Star Power and how it dictates who wins the Heisman Trophy, here are the top 3 candidates for this year’s award, along with an analysis of their Star Power:
– Brady is what the entire sports nation has been waiting for, for a long time. He is at a school that is probably renowned as the most traditional, prestigious, sports university in the nation. Notre Dame is not just another football powerhouse, it is a national past time in itself. Even when Notre Dame was barely better than Army, they were being shown on television as if they were playing in the game of the week. Brady, just by being the best player on this team alone, inherits all of the Notre Dame prestige and folklore right into his Heisman Trophy campaign. All he has to do is make sure Notre Dame wins games, and he will have enough Star Power to carry him to the Heisman Trophy presentation. However, his ability to rack up point after point on the scoreboard shows that he is a lethal down-the-field passer, and it’s that throwing arm of his that will land him in New York City.
– He is bar none the best running back in college football. He has all of the intangibles; including speed, power, and quickness. He willed his team to victory in the first two weeks of the season, and you can guarantee that they will continue to do so. His Star Power is more predicated on where his team has been more than where it is going. Because while the Oklahoma Sooners are not exactly in championship contention, they have been for 4 of the last 5 years. Along with the team’s past success, Peterson’s previous trip to New York City for the Heisman Trophy presentation is what gives him the Star Power to make a run at the award this year. Every one is expecting him to be the dominant runner he was when he was a freshman, and he has showed no signs that he has any other intentions.
Oklahoma has a storied past, which may be enough for this young man to attain a legitimate amount of Star Power. However, he does have the ability to win games on his own, and he might be capable of making OU run the table this season. If he does that, his Star Power stock will go through the roof.
Troy Smith – This man should be the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy. He not only has the Star Power, but he has the talent and the “great story” to back it all up too. After his complete domination of the Texas
defense, Troy Smith proved to the nation, yet again, that he is the ultimate big stage performer. And when you perform on the big stage, you certainly garner loads of Star Power. But the drumming of my Longhorns aside, Troy Smith just has a composure and a delivery that is unparalleled in college football. Much like
Vince Young, Smith does not seem to be phased by any type of pressure. Other teams will try to take away
Teddy Ginn Jr.all season, but he is just going to make you suffer by throwing to Gonzalez and running the ball with his feet. But being at Ohio State, and playing for the #1 team are the factors that are going to win him the Heisman Trophy. Whenever you are the best player on the best team, you are going to have more than enough Star Power.
Troy should have enough to take home the hardware.