It’s unfortunate the players on losing and/or struggling teams don’t really get much consideration for college football’s most prestigious individual award, because there are some fantastic players who aren’t on Clemson’s roster who are deserving of consideration. All of them have been mentioned in this space before, but I’m thinking specifically this week of Virginia Tech’s David Wilson and Miami’s Lamar Miller. Those two running backs put on a wildly entertaining show last weekend, but Miller’s Miami team is the only one in the Coastal Division with a losing record, and Virginia Tech still needs Georgia Tech to lose if the Hokies are going to defend their division title.
The one player in the league right now, though, who stands the best chance at representing the ACC in the Heisman race is Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. The Tigers and their fans got a huge scare this past weekend when Boyd was assisted off the field because of a hip injury and did not return to the game. All indications are that he will play Saturday against Maryland, though, which not only upgrades Clemson’s chances of remaining undefeated, but also keeps Boyd in the Heisman conversation. Here’s a quick look at his updated résumé:
Ranks 14th in nation in total offense (310.3).
Ranks 16th in nation in pass efficiency (160.2).
Ranks ninth in the nation in touchdown passes with 15.
He ranks first in the ACC in passing yards per game (290), total offense (310.3) and is second in touchdown passes (15).
He has completed 119 of 194 passes for 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions.