Today is the last chance that Darren McFadden, one of the best running backs I’ve ever seen play college football, has to influence voters and hopefully place better than he did last year in the Heisman race. The Hogs take on #1 ranked LSU, in Baton Rogue, which will likely be the last SEC game for DMac – and, if we’re lucky, for Houston Nutt as well.
This year has been a huge disappointment, to say the least. After finishing last season 10-4 (and losing our last three games of the season), we had a pretty soap opera-filled offseason when Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn left for... wait for it... Tulsa, and several of our highly recruited Freshmen transferred to others schools as well. Not only that, but then there was the whole freedom of information thing when fans requested transcripts of Nutt’s cell phone.
No one could wait for the new season to start because DMac was primed and rated head-and-shoulders the man to beat in the Heisman race. It’s too bad we couldn’t capitalize on that, because as the HeismanPundit points out, it’s hard for players to win the Heisman if their team loses more than four games.
Basically, the cards are stacked against him, even though he is one of the better players out there.
The good news is that he’s already been named a Maxwell Award finalist, which goes to the nation’s best all-around player. If anything, that should weigh in on his Heisman hopes.