Heisman Watch: Big East

December, 6, 2011
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No Big East player is going to New York -- again -- but there is always hope for next season, right? The only problem is that the "best hope" might be playing in the Big 12 next season.

That would be West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who is on the verge of throwing for 4,000 yards this season. He has been the most outstanding offensive player in the Big East this season but the Mountaineers have three losses, and he fell out of whatever longshot candidacy he had early this season.

So did virtually everybody in the Big East. Pitt running back Ray Graham put up impressive numbers before being lost for the season with a torn ACL, but the Panthers were not good enough to be considered a team with a Heisman-worthy candidate.

Graham could be considered a favorite if he returns for his senior season, which is expected. But as always, the Big East is going to need a dynamic candidate with terrific stats and a terrific team to make any sort of waves when it comes to a Heisman candidacy in 2012.

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III showed the perfect blueprint for how to get to New York without being on an undefeated team. He put up awesome numbers and really was one of the most dynamic players in football because of the way he elevated Baylor. Without him, would the Bears be 9-3? Highly doubtful. You don't always have to be on a national powerhouse to get to New York, as Griffin proved.

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