FORT WAYNE – I do not have a Heisman Trophy vote.
This is an indication that good things do sometimes happen, all evidence to the contrary.
I do not have a Heisman vote, which means I dont have to worry about possibly casting it for a guy who might be charged today with sexual assault. To vote for Jameis Winston or not to vote for Jameis Winston? That is indeed the question.
And, yes, thats the least pertinent question in all of this, considering were talking about a serious potential crime which has already had seriously damaging consequences to the alleged victim. In that context, it almost feels dirty to be talking about who wins or doesnt win some glorified doorstop.
I dont have a Heisman vote, but if I did, I wouldnt cast it for Winston, even though, absent everything else, hes the slam-dunk obvious choice. Everyone else has taken himself out of the running with ill-timed losses, so-so numbers or a distinct lack of the sort of heroics that so often decide these things.
So Winston stands alone. Or would, without that certain elephant in the room.
But if not Winston, who?
Two words: Jordan Lynch.
Yes, hes an outside-the-box pick, considering he plays for a mid-major school (Northern Illinois) in a mid-major conference (Mid-American Conference). But the kids putting up ridiculous numbers (2,457 passing yards, 22 TDs, 5 interceptions, 1,755 rushing yards, 20 TDs) for a school that, lest we forget, played in the Orange Bowl last year. And if there were any year when you could justify going outside the box, this is it.
Besides, its not a totally crazy notion. Steve McNair of Alcorn State finished third in the voting one year, and Randy Moss from Marshall fourth another year. Gordie Lockbaum of Holy Cross was third yet another year. And one year, a Division III player, Joe Dudek of Plymouth State, finished ninth in the voting after Sports Illustrated picked him as its Heisman candidate.
Youll see him Friday in the MAC championship game. Watch him. Then tell me he couldnt play, and excel, anywhere he wanted.
Anyway, he gets my vote. Not that I have one.