Paul Finebaum mentions Vince Young and Deshaun Watson among college football’s top QBs to avoid winning Heisman

Paul Finebaum was asked on his show this week who he would pick as college football‘s top quarterback without a Heisman Trophy. Finebaum had several candidates, including a recent surprise.

“That’s a good question,” he said on his show Monday. “Dan Marino is one that we will throw on this list. I’ll come up with a few more here – Stetson Bennett, Colt McCoy. … John Elway was good. Joe Namath wasn’t bad back then. Vince Young … he should have won the Heisman.”

After finishing second to Reggie Bush in the 2005 Heisman race, Young took it personally and almost single-handedly beat USC in the national championship game with a memorable drive and a game-winning touchdown run in the dying moments. He finished the season with 26 touchdown passes and 1,050 rushing yards. During his three-year career in Austin, Texas, Young averaged more than 9,000 yards in offense and 81 touchdowns.

Another quarterback who Finebaum says never won the Heisman showed his greatness several times in the college football playoff against Alabama.

“I have the perfect answer for you – because I still regret not voting for this guy, but – Deshaun Watson‘ Finebaum said.

Watson, one of several recent players to have benefited from the Heisman vote after the playoffs, might have won the award in 2015 if ballots included his stunning performance against Alabama in the national championship game after throwing 405 yards and four had thrown touchdowns while rushing for another 73 yards.

He totaled 5,214 yards of offense with 47 touchdowns that campaign as an unstoppable dual-threat machine. Alabama’s Derrick Henry was the winner after eclipsing the 2,000-yard rushing plateau.

McCoy was a four-year starter for the Longhorns, completing 13,253 yards passing and 112 touchdown passes. He also rushed for 20 points and was a multiple All Big 12 performer.

Peyton Manning was another great not to win the Heisman, but Finebaum’s caller said he was off-limits to his question on Monday’s show. Manning finished second to Michigan’s Charles Woodson in the 1997 Heisman vote. Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf and Marshall wide receiver Randy Moss followed Manning on the ballot, rounded out by Penn State, who trailed Curtis Ennis in 5th place.

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Manning finished in the Heisman top 8 for three straight seasons in Knoxville, Tenn., including his runner-up nomination in 1997 as a senior when he threw for 3,819 yards and 36 touchdowns for SEC Player of the Year. Manning was a consensus All-American that fall and won the Maxwell Award and Campbell Trophy but couldn’t overcome Woodson’s momentum. Manning’s next steps in the NFL were legendary.

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