Selecting the Heisman Trophy winner is not any straightforward job, however creating a good, well-thought-out voting course of to find out the finalists ought to be.
That’s actually what FOX Sports activities lead school soccer analyst Joel Klatt believes.
Following the announcement of this 12 months’s Heisman finalists — USC’s Caleb Williams, TCU’s Max Duggan, Georgia’s Stetson Bennett and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud — Klatt proposed a three-step answer to repair the Heisman voting course of on the newest episode of his podcast, “The Joel Klatt Show.”
“I nonetheless consider within the Heisman,” Klatt stated. “I consider in what it represents, I consider within the enormity of it each for the participant and this system, and I feel there are some issues inherently throughout the Heisman course of that have to be fastened.”
Does the Heisman voting system want to vary?
Joel Klatt talks concerning the Heisman award voting course of and the way it wants to vary now.
Whereas Klatt made it clear that he didn’t take subject with any of the 4 gamers who will likely be current in New York for Saturday evening’s Heisman Trophy ceremony, he did level out the inclusion of Bennett — who handed for 3,425 yards however solely 20 touchdowns — permits circumstances to be made for different gamers who had been not less than as deserving.
“Stetson (Bennett) is a good participant. I like his recreation so much, however whenever you embody him as a finalist, and that is only a four-person record, it instantly opens the door to snubs.”
Hooker led the SEC with a 70% completion share whereas throwing for greater than 3,100 yards and 27 touchdowns. The Vols senior had the second-best Heisman odds (+400) heading into Week 12, when he suffered a season-ending damage in a 63-38 loss to South Carolina. The loss took Tennessee out of rivalry for a spot within the Faculty Soccer Playoff and Hooker noticed his Heisman odds take a major hit.
“I don’t suppose an damage ought to knock you out of the Heisman Trophy ceremony or voting block, specifically when it occurs late within the season,” Klatt stated of Hooker. “He was first-team All-SEC and rotated a Tennessee program that was within the dumpster. They had been 60 minutes away from being a playoff staff.
“He had the numbers essential to go to New York, and he’s not gonna be there.”
Corum was the very best offensive participant on an undefeated Michigan staff that gained the Massive Ten Championship and secured a spot within the Faculty Soccer Playoff for a second straight season. He rushed for 1,463 yards and 18 touchdowns, which was tied for the fourth-highest whole within the nation. He did that regardless of a knee damage that primarily price him two-and-a-half video games of motion, together with the Massive Ten title recreation in opposition to Purdue.
“If we’re gonna speak about coronary heart and dedication, Blake Corum is in the very same mildew as Stetson Bennett,” Klatt stated. “He was the catalyst to that offense for an enormous portion of this season.”
Klatt additionally talked about Texas working again Bijan Robinson — who led the Massive-12 in dashing — and Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. — who led the FBS in passing yards — as different gamers who ought to have been thought of as Heisman finalists.
Heisman Trophy Finalists: Who received snubbed?
FOX Sports activities’ lead school soccer analyst Joel Klatt takes a deep dive into this 12 months’s Heisman Trophy finalists and can not seem to make sense of the standards.
“What we have to begin to notice is you possibly can love Stetson Bennett as a participant and suppose there are some guys that received snubbed,” Klatt stated. “I feel these two issues can stay equally collectively.”
This led to Klatt providing up a three-part answer to repair the Heisman voting course of:
1. Scale back the pool of Heisman trophy voters.
“It is a actually vital piece. These votes ought to be extremely coveted and uncommon. They need to be protected, and if we vetted out who received Heisman votes, I feel you would weed out among the ‘regionalization’ of the award. There’s sufficient expertise for a smaller group of voters, like 100 and never 900, to get it proper. That vetting course of actually must happen.”
2. No voting till after the convention championship video games.
“Some would argue that not all people will get the chance to play a convention championship recreation, so it’s solely honest in case you put your vote in earlier than the convention championship recreation. I disagree. I feel the extra alternative to see these gamers on the soccer area, the higher. So I’d not open up the submission course of till after convention champ video games. I don’t perceive why we’d enable voters to vote when there may be nonetheless soccer to be performed.”
3. Increase the variety of finalists to 5.
“Being a finalist is a big deal. It is big for the participant, and it’s huge for this system and the stage you set this system on. Josh Heupel would do something to see Hendon Hooker be in New York in order that he can say to a recruit … ‘In case you come right here, you may be in New York, you could be a Heisman finalist, and perhaps in case you play properly sufficient, you possibly can win the Heisman Trophy.’ That’s an enormous, highly effective recruiting software. It ought to all the time simply be 5 finalists.”
Klatt stated that his proposed adjustments would enhance the method of deciding “the singular most vital particular person award in American sports activities.”
“There isn’t any different particular person award that comes shut,” Klatt stated. “Heisman Trophy winners are legends eternally.”
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