ESPN explains Keenan Reynolds’ removal from Heisman page

One of the best players in college football this season has been Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, so it was understandably shocking when ESPN removed him from its Heisman Trophy voting page.

Per a report from Scott Allen of The Washington Post, plus some tweets from Navy Athletics, Reynolds was removed from the page because, funnily enough, he was running away with the fan vote.

#NavyFootball QB Keenan Reynolds was running away with the fan vote so @Nissan or @espn took him off the ballot:

— Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) December 1, 2015

Naturally, some fans cried foul despite the fact that Reynolds can still be voted for manually.

Another example of @ESPN making up ways to influence fan voting. News flash: Reynolds has a double digit lead from us "lowly" fans.

— Austin Lanteigne (@a3lanteigne) December 2, 2015

Because ESPN only cares about promoting kids from the Power 5 Schools. Reynolds is a deserving candidate!

— Tiger For Life (@tigerinatlanta) December 2, 2015

Navy's Keenan Reynolds was winning the Nissan Heisman fan vote, so they/ESPN pulled his name from the preselected voting options. Pathetic.

— JD (@Sta7ic) December 2, 2015

Hey, @ESPN and @Nissan…. tell me you didn't disrespect @NavyAthletics by pulling Keenan Reynolds from the ballot?? #Merica #AnchorsAweigh

— Cody (@Cmerbitz) December 2, 2015

There’s no doubt that Reynolds is deserving of the Heisman. Though he has only thrown for 964 yards and six touchdowns this year, he has accumulated 1,093 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground, breaking former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball’s FBS record for rushing touchdowns in the process.

Granted, he isn’t the most conventional of Heisman contenders, but his skills speak for themselves. If ESPN’s reason for removing him was simply to level the playing field, then they’ve got some serious ‘splainin to do.

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