Despite a captivating start to the 2017 season, there’s not much of a chance that Saquon Barkley will take home the Heisman Trophy on Dec. 9. And that really is a shame, according to one national sports columnist.
Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News penned a column on Wednesday about how Barkley deserves the Heisman Trophy, even with a dip in production over the season’s final month. DeCourcy’s argument is simple: Barkley was college football’s most outstanding player in 2017.
“There is no player in college football this season whose presence in a game screams more loudly: YOU MUST WATCH THIS.
When Barkley is on the field, the impossible not only is possible, it might just be a moment away,” DeCourcy writes.
Penn State coach James Franklin appeared to agree with DeCourcy.
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) November 29, 2017
Like the rest of the college football world, DeCourcy expects Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield to take home the 2017 Heisman. While Mayfield’s numbers are terrific and his team is in prime position to land in the College Football Playoff, DeCourcy pointed out that the year-long obsession with tracking Heisman candidates has turned the trophy into an MVP award rather than one that goes to the best player in the sport.
This column, and similar perception from other college football experts might be a silver lining for Penn State fans, who will likely watch Mayfield lift the trophy next month. Either way, those fans will always be able to re-watch Barkley’s lengthy 2017 highlight reel.
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