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Jacquizz Rodgers and the last 15 Heisman winners

I'll be honest. I didn't have much hope for Quizz getting very close to winning the Heisman, figuring it would go to one of the bigger schools, with a bigger star, even if Jacquizz had a better year than most of the top finishers. But when I read Ted Miller's best case for the Beavers, it made me think he might've had a chance. So I decided to look at the last 15 Heisman winners, and see how they relate to Jacquizz.

Position of last 15 Heisman winners:

5 RB
9 QB
1 DB/WR

What it means for Quizz:

Obviously he has a chance, and from a Heisman worthy standpoint, this years crop of running backs is pretty thin. He'll have to beat out last year's Heisman winner Mark Ingram, but other then that, it looks relatively clear for Rodgers. If he has a big year like we know he can, then it could be down to him and a couple of the numerous QB's in contention. Here's how I see the QB situation: Ryan Mallet (Arkansas) should pose a significant threat, along with Kellen Moore (Boise State), and possibly Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State). Maybe, if Jake Locker puts together a great season, he could be in the mix, and my dark horse has to be Zach Collaros (Cincinnati),

Conference:

3 Pac-10 (All USC)
4 Big 10
4 Big 12
3 SEC
1 ACC

What it means for Quizz:

Normally, I'd say this is a death blow to Rodgers' chances. But I don't think USC, as a whole,  will get quite as much attention because they're ineligible for postseason play. And we all know the Beavs play TCU and Boise St., which will get Quizz more publicity for the Heisman voters. Combine all of that with the fact that the Beavers are legitimate contenders for a high-level bowl game, and have a chance for the Rose Bowl, and I think the Mid/East coast bias is almost taken care of.

Team's Conference Finish::

1st: 12
2nd: 1
3rd: 2

What it means for Quizz:

He'll need a supporting cast, because the Beavs need to win, so that he can win. More specifically, he needs his brother to keep up what he's been doing, he needs a defense that gets the ball back to him, and perhaps most importantly, he needs Ryan Katz to do well. That will make a balanced offense for the Beavers, so that opposing defenses can't stuff Quizz every time he touches the ball, and stuff his Heisman hopes in the meantime.  I keep going back and forth on whether Quizz will have a better chance at the Heisman this year or next. Next year, Katz will have more experience, however the Beavers will have lost players like James Rodgers, James Dockery, and Paea, who currently play a large role in the Beavs' offense and defense.

What I expect for Quizz and the Heisman:

I think Jacquizz Rodgers will be invited to NYC, and finish in the top three.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or the Building the Dam staff. FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable Oregon State fans.

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