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Clint Trickett: Heisman Candidate?

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The West Virginia Mountaineers fell short, yet again, of upsetting a top ten team Saturday losing to TCU 31-30.  While his team is 5-3 and barely cracking the top 25, shouldn't Clint Trickett be considered in the Heisman talks?

Through the first eight games, Trickett has thrown for 2925 yards, 18 TDs, and 7 INTs.  Compare this to the two Heisman leading quarterbacks, Mississippi State's Dak Prescott (2025 yards, 16 TDs, 7 INTs), and Oregon's Marcus Marriotta (2541 yards, 26 TDS, 2 INTs).  Why is it that we only consider players on playoff contending teams for the Heisman?  Is it not an individual award for individual performance?  If West Virginia would have pulled off an upset over Alabama, Oklahoma, or TCU, would Trickett be in the Heisman talks?

The fact that most "experts," including ESPN, still have Todd Gurley on the list and not Clint Trickett is utterly ridiculous.  When will we get over the team's record and get down to what this award is all about, recognizing the best player in football, regardless of the team they're on.

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