The Half Heisman


Just past the midway point of the 2015 season, it’s fair to assess where the top candidates stand in the quest for college football’s major award. Presenting the Half Heisman.

And remember: the full trophy goes to the player whose performance is marked by “excellence and integrity.”


Leonard Fournette
Unranked in’s pre-season list of its Top 20 college football players, the LSU running back has run to the front of the pack. Unlike the depiction of our Half Heisman above, Fournette’s campaign appears to have legs.

Corey Coleman
The Baylor star grew up playing football on the mean streets of South Dallas where live gun shots were as common as shotgun formations. Among college wide receivers, Coleman is #1 with a bullet. He has more TD receptions this year than 110 FBS teams!

Matt Johnson
There’s always a smaller college Jordan Lynch or Colin Kaepernick in the Heisman mix. This year’s Cinderfella is Bowling Green QB Matt Johnson. His stats are mind-blowing. Temple was the only other bigger school to recruit him with any fervor. The most prominent programs blew it; he could’ve played almost anywhere.

Trevone Boykin
The TCU quarterback stopped eating fast food burgers in the off-season, lost 20 pounds, and gained friends in the animal rights community. He’s a lock with any Heisman voter who’s also a member of PETA.


Ezekiel Elliott
The Ohio State running back’s biggest issue this year is that fellow RB Fournette is better.

Dalvin Cook
The Florida State running back has the same problem as Elliott.

Derrick Henry
Due to his superior size, the Alabama running back may turn out to be a great pro, but his problem in the Heisman race is identical to the other top rushers: Fournette.

Christian McCaffrey
The Stanford running back’s stats are inferior to those of his peers, but he DOES have notable bloodlines. His father Ed is a former NFL wide receiver, his mom Lisa a former Stanford soccer star, and HER dad David Sime once held the world record in the 100-yard dash. Christian is Tebow-esque in his dedication to religion and fitness.


Here’s how the Half Heisman front-runners’ statistics stack up:

-Leonard Fournette: 1352 rushing yards / 15 rushing TDs
-Corey Coleman: 952 receiving yards / 18 receiving TDs
-Matt Johnson: 3321 passing yards / 29 TD passes
-Trevone Boykin: 2539 passing yards / 25 TD passes
-Dalvin Cook: 1037 rushing yards / 11 rushing TDs
-Derrick Henry: 1044 rushing yards / 14 rushing TDs
-Ezekiel Elliott: 1130 rushing yards / 13 rushing TDs
-Christian McCaffrey: 953 rushing yards / 6 rushing TDs

Dave Coombs, morning radio host on 100.7 FM WUTQ in Utica, New York, is one of 870 media voters for the Heisman Trophy.

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