With one week in the books it's time to crown the Heisman Trophy winner. Of the week. In the first of several upcoming Power Features, I will crown a weekly Heisman Trophy winner, and that winner will receive what I'm calling a "PowerPoint," awarded here:
At the end of the season, the player with the most "PowerPoints" will be crowned "PowerPointer of the Year," which I foresee becoming something, like, it'll be one of these: PowerPointer of the Year : Heisman Trophy Winner :: Oscar Winner : Yahoo! homepage.
There are five finalists for this week's Power Point, so let's get started.
Marcus Mariota, Oregon QB
Despite playing only slightly longer against outclassed South Dakota on Saturday than I did, Mariota threw for 267 yards, rushed for 43 and accounted for 4 touchdowns. Mariota passed up millions last year to stay at Oregon, and he's awesome. So get used to seeing him here. Congrats on being a finalist for the first PowerPoint of the year, Marcus.
Kenny Hill, Texas A&M QB
I've made my stance on Johnny Manziel's Heisman campaign pretty clear, but I won't hold that aginst Kenny Hill--at least this week. Going in to South Carolina and putting up 511 yards is worthy of consideration for this week's PowerPoint. South Carolina, I think, is going to end up being very good this year despite getting napalmed by Hill and the Aggies Thursday, and as long as the Aggies remain in the national narrative (Johnny Manziel's value to that program can never be overstated), Hill will probably take down his share of PowerPoints.
Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska RB
Get to know this guy, he's unbelievable. Also, thank this guy because he's the reason Braylon Heard transferred to Kentucky. If Abdullah played for Alabama or Florida State or Nebraska in the '90s, he'd be a household name (assuming that household had college football fans). Abdullah rushed for a cool 232 against Florida Atlantic Saturday, and if the game weren't so lopsided he could've rushed for 1000. He'll have some huge games this year. I just wish he played for a cooler team (Nebraska is one of this site's Power Nemeses).
A.J. Stamps, Kentucky S
Surprised? Well, that's dumb. I'm a huge Kentucky fan, and this whole website is anchored to cyberspace by a Big Blue signpost. Also, Stamps won the college football Internet Saturday by doing this:
And this (courtesy: Aaron Smith's Vine):
Get it? If nothing else, Stamps has earned the first UK PowerPoint of the year.
BUT YOUR WEEK ONE POWERPOINT GOES TO...
Todd Gurley, Georgia RB
Against Clemson, who was ranked 16th in the nation, Todd Gurley ran for 198 yards. On 15 carries. For 3 touchdowns. And added a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. His 293 all-purpose yards (he lost 5 yards on his lone reception) broke Georgia's all-time record. Gurley? More like Manly, amirite? Todd Gurley is the best player in college football, which, as we've learned, has almost nothing to do with winning the Heisman Trophy (see: Fitzgerald, Larry; Ismail, Rocket; others, several), but Georgia looked like a team capable of dominating, and if they keep it up, the Heisman is Gurley's little bronze white guy to lose. His Lil Bronzie. And just like that, I came up with the PowerPointer of the Year official trophy: Lil Bronzie.