The Heisman Trophy finalists were announced yesterday, but Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was not one of them and one former Seminole is not happy. That ‘Nole is former defensive lineman Travis Johnson, who took his frustration to Twitter.
First of all, let’s start with the fact that Johnson’s claims of there being a bias against Florida State are completely unfounded, as quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman two years ago.
Now let’s shift the conversation to the Heisman itself. The finalists this year are Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Alabama running back Derrick Henry. All of these men had absolutely monster seasons, with Watson and Henry leading their teams to the College Football Playoff while McCaffrey did a lot more than just be a running back. He was also active in the receiving game, on special teams and even had two touchdown passes.
That isn’t to say that Cook himself had an awful season unworthy of the Heisman. He ran for 1,658 yards and 18 touchdowns, but also missed a game due to injury. He also wasn’t as active in the receiving game as McCaffrey, posting just 22 catches for 218 yards and a touchdown while McCaffrey had 41 catches for 540 yards and four scores.
But the most important thing to consider is this. McCaffrey kept his team in the playoff hunt until the very end, while FSU’s fate was likely sealed after a loss to Georgia Tech and then Clemson despite Cook putting on strong performances throughout 2015.
Thus, though some may feel he was indeed snubbed, the reasons for Cook not being a Heisman Trophy finalist this year are understandable.
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