Norman Chad of SI must be on drugs. Cha Please!
Norman Chad wrote:This year, I bring Sports Nation the most unlikely, yet most obvious, Heisman Trophy winner ever -- unlikely because he is a freshman, obvious because he plays under the brightest lights.
His name is Matt Barkley. He is a true freshman -- I've never been quite sure what a "true freshman" is but I figure it's better than a "fallacious sophomore" -- and he is the starting quarterback at USC. He just turned 19 last week, but he has the maturity of a 20- or 21-year-old.
Tebow was the first sophomore to win the Heisman; no freshman has ever won it. Barkley will.
He's had a private quarterback tutor longer than Paris Hilton has had a personal shopping assistant. He looks spectacular -- golden hair, big smile -- and he plays spectacularly. On Saturday, he led a game-winning 14-play, 86-yard drive at Ohio State, and I am backing him though I despise Southern Cal.
Southern Cal not only produces Heisman quarterbacks (Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart), even its backup quarterbacks (Matt Cassel) become NFL starters. So if you're the starting quarterback at the nation's top football program, aren't you the best player in the land?
(As most of you know, only quarterbacks and running backs get serious Heisman consideration. Interior linemen don't count; they're cows grazing on the side of the road.)
In addition, Barkley does volunteer work, plays guitar with a church youth group and went to South Africa last Christmas to help run an orphanage.
Heck, why stop at the Heisman? This kid could be president someday.
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