Heisman Finalists

lotr10

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Jalen Hurts
Joe Burrow
Justin Fields
Chase Young
Is there any doubt Burrow wins?

I would rate them:

Burrow - His play has been sublime.

Fields - Great year and if he stays healthy he should win next year.

Hurts - Was to careless with the football in his later games.

Young - will be a great pro but largely disappeared the last 2 games.
 

hubman

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In 2014 the Buckeyes played and beat all 3 Heisman finalist in consecutive games (Melvin Gordon, Amari Cooper, Marcus Mariotta). This year they only have the opportunity to take out 1 :(
 

Fayette79

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In 2014 the Buckeyes played and beat all 3 Heisman finalist in consecutive games (Melvin Gordon, Amari Cooper, Marcus Mariotta). This year they only have the opportunity to take out 1 :(
We have to beat Clemson first...our track record is not good against Clemson.
 

cjb56

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Congrats to Joe Burrow! Very much deserving of the award. Everyone knew he had the talent at OSU, but it's good he finally got a chance to shine as the main man at LSU...and that Ed Orgeron and Steve Ensminger were humble enough to allow Joe Brady to develop an offense that played to Borrow's strengths and really skyrocketed his career. And for those who would bash OSU for letting Burrow leave, don't forget the Buckeyes had back to back epic QB seasons from Haskins and Fields. It turned out to be a win/win.
 

Red14

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Kind of refreshing this year, all 4 finalists were really likely not projected to be there at seasons beginning. The Heisman has turned more into a marketing ploy by schools. This year, Joe Burrow was a good, but not great addition to LSU last year, heck two years ago he was behind at least 2 QB's at Ohio State. Fields was expected to be good, but I don't think even Buckeye fans were expecting this. Chase Young was so good he had to be in the running, and I think it was wait and see for Jalen Hurts. If Burrow loses one game and Hurts wins all of his, is the script flipped?
 

eastisbest

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Congrats to Joe Burrow! Very much deserving of the award. Everyone knew he had the talent at OSU, but it's good he finally got a chance to shine as the main man at LSU...and that Ed Orgeron and Steve Ensminger were humble enough to allow Joe Brady to develop an offense that played to Borrow's strengths and really skyrocketed his career. And for those who would bash OSU for letting Burrow leave, don't forget the Buckeyes had back to back epic QB seasons from Haskins and Fields. It turned out to be a win/win.
I don't see it as simple as what OSU had. If the guy couldn't be allowed to play, he can't put up the numbers.

We'll never know but I not once saw him playing for Meyer. Many didn't if you go back to those recruiting times.

More to the thought, what was it Orgeron saw that made him so desperate to get Burrow? LSU could near have their pick and they chose a bench warmer from Ohio St? There's more to this story isn't there? Both as to why Burrow wasn't getting reps at Ohio St and why he landed at LSU?
 

cjb56

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I don't see it as simple as what OSU had. If the guy couldn't be allowed to play, he can't put up the numbers.

We'll never know but I not once saw him playing for Meyer. Many didn't if you go back to those recruiting times.

More to the thought, what was it Orgeron saw that made him so desperate to get Burrow? LSU could near have their pick and they chose a bench warmer from Ohio St? There's more to this story isn't there? Both as to why Burrow wasn't getting reps at Ohio St and why he landed at LSU?
Urban didn't want him to leave, of course, but Haskins won the spot. Haskins had a year on Burrow and it showed on the field. Burrow had a good first year as an LSU starter. Haskins had an all-time great season as a first year OSU starter. What could Haskins have done at OSU in one more season, as Burrow did at LSU? We'll never know, but he certainly seemed more advanced than Burrow in 2018.
 

lotr10

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Urban didn't want him to leave, of course, but Haskins won the spot. Haskins had a year on Burrow and it showed on the field. Burrow had a good first year as an LSU starter. Haskins had an all-time great season as a first year OSU starter. What could Haskins have done at OSU in one more season, as Burrow did at LSU? We'll never know, but he certainly seemed more advanced than Burrow in 2018.
I suspect that Meyer's hope was for Burrow to stay and play the role of Tim Tebow. Haskin's would be the starter but Burrow, because of his greater mobility, would be the guy that came in on short yardage and red zone opportunities. Then after Haskins left Burrow would have taken over the starting job for this year.

The truth is that for as great a college coach as Meyer is, and he's one of the greatest of all time IMO, he has a lousy track record for developing NFL QB's. Alex Smith is probably his greatest success to date. The jury is still out on Haskins but the issues we saw with him, the drop in accuracy when under pressure, could be a fatal flaw in the NFL.

As others have said events have worked out in a way benefiting BOTH Burrow & the Ohio State Buckeyes. I mean who could have predicted one year ago that Burrow would win the Heisman Trophy completing one of the greatest QB performances in college football history and that BOTH Ohio State & LSU would be in the playoffs with a real chance of playing each other for a National Championship. Keep in mind that there were no guarantees that Fields would be as good as he's played and the loss of Haskins could have killed the Bucks O.

Amazing how it all turned out.
 

eastisbest

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I would imagine that the change in coach was more in the public conscious than the change in QB. But yes, it's kind of neat how it all worked out. Not just so much that it was the Ohio kid but that he has been so well received. Of course if his numbers had not been so good, he'd probably been showed the closest gator creek.
 
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