May 15, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Vince Young addresses the media during a press conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
I remember campaigning for Vince Young during the 2005 Heisman Trophy race. It was mostly due to the Texas Longhorns conference affiliation and a bitter hatred for anything USC Trojans, but either way I had my burnt orange pom-poms out during the season.
But despite my fandom - and a propensity to argue about most anything - I really thought the voters chose right in giving the award to Reggie Bush. Bush's stats, and his ability to help lead one of the most potent offenses in recent college football memory, surely was enough for me to understand why he ended up with the highest percent of points possible in the history of the award. Sure, there were questions about his eligibility, about agents and his parent's living situation, but he was the best player to suit up that season.
Then everything came to light in 2010, Bush forfeited the award and the Heisman Trust decided to leave it vacated.
This is a travesty.
Outside of Bush, Young was the most deserving recipient of the award. At the time of the voting he had led his team to an undefeated season and a spot in the national championship game. He ended up throwing for 3036 yards and 26 TDs, while rushing for another 1050 yards and 12 scores. And most importantly to the crux of this argument, he came in second in voting.
So, Heisman Trust, I beg of you, please give the award to its rightful owner, Vince Young. He was more than deserving before the award was vacated and even more so once it became abandoned.
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