The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious award in college football. With a history reaching back almost 80 years, to be recognized by the Heisman Trophy Trust is to join the ranks of the very best in college football history.
But how do these players transition to the NFL? And more importantly for us fantasy nerds, do they rack up the fantasy points?
Here are the career and annual fantasy stats of the last five Heisman winners (2007 to 2011):
Cam Newton (2010-2011, Auburn)
Not much more can be said of Cam Newton. His stellar rookie year proved why he won 81.55% of the votes during a college season capped by a national title. Newton was available deep in most leagues last year, having an ADP falling in the 13th round. It would be hard for anyone to have a sophomore year as successful as his rookie season, but owners aren’t passing on Newton in 2012, scooping him in round 2 of most drafts, behind the big 3+1 (Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Stafford). Comparisons to the Redskins’ 2012 Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III, are natural but unfair. To duplicate Newton’s gaudy numbers (14 rush TD’s!) is too much to ask, particularly in a Shanahan offense. Even Peyton Manning had 28 INT’s in his first year, followed by a similar-style QB in Donovan Mcnabb, who finished his rookie campaign with a 49.1% completion percentage. However with an impressive preseason and freakish athletic ability, 3500 yards and 20 combined TDs would not be out of the question.
Mark Ingram (2009-2010, Alabama)
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Another BCS National Champion, Ingram had tremendous success in his 3 years with the Alabama Crimson Tide. The player the New Orleans Saints expected with their first round pick has yet to surface, partly due to injury, and partly due to the pass-oriented offense. With the emergence of Darren Sproles in the backfield, it will be tough for Ingram to showcase his skills, but given the chance, many fantasy team owners see some value in the 7th or 8th round.
Sam Bradford (2008-2009, Oklahoma)
It’s been only two years for Bradford in the pros, but Rams’ management must be disappointed by the regression in Bradford’s sophomore year after a promising rookie campaign. You wouldn’t think that the Bradford you saw in ANY GAME LAST YEAR was the same person who broke a rookie record set by Peyton Manning, but it was; 354 completions in 2010, eclipsing Manning’s 326. Reverse his first two year’s results and you have something you can work with going into 2012. With no depth at receiver and an offensive line under construction, it looks like another rebuilding year for the once promising Rams.
Tim Tebow (2007-2008, Florida)
Though his rookie year was 2010, the real coming out party for Tim Tebow was in the 2011 season. Tebow led the Broncos from a 2-5 start to win six straight games, making the playoffs and barely getting past the Steelers in overtime in typical Tebow fashion, only to get dissected by Bill Belichek in the divisional round. No one would hardly attribute Tebow’s throwing arm to the success of the team, but W after W, fervour swept across America and it was Tebow Time in the Winter of 2011. The former Heisman winner has been relegated to Mark Sanchez’s backup to start the 2012 season, but with Sanchez’s inconsistency, it is very possible Tebow gets the nod mid-way in the year. Tebow could be worth stashing on your bench for his rushing stats in certain matchups if you have a low end QB.
Troy Smith (2006-2007, Ohio State)
After a successful college career, Troy Smith entered the NFL as the 5th round pick of the Baltimore Ravens. Considered small for a QB (measuring in at 6’0”), Smith was an afterthought with the Ravens, before signing with the 49ers. Despite some impressive games, Coach Harbaugh decided on a different direction, resulting in Smith becoming a free agent and eventually joining the United Football League.