Heisman 2009: Why not Masoli?

January, 15, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Tebow? Bradford? Old news.

Sanchez? He's NFL-bound.

Jahvid Best? Boring -- how many long, flashy touchdown runs can you watch before you fall asleep?

 
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  Jeremiah Masoli passed for 13 TDs and ran for 10 more this season.

Here's a Heisman Trophy candidate with numbers and highlights.

And, as Big 12 blogger extraordinaire Tim Griffin noted in his story on the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli owns a regular-guy body that could earn a few swing votes from the regular-guy constituency.

Masoli came from nowhere to become one of the nation's best pass-run threats by season's end, see his 258 yards passing and 119 yards rushing in the 42-31 Holiday Bowl win over Oklahoma State.

So why not Masoli for the Heisman in 2009? Think Oregon will again put up a billboard in Times Square?

Of course, Masoli's candidacy would hang on winning. These days, top Heisman candidates almost always play for top-10 teams.

The Ducks have some holes to fill on offense, but Masoli and running back LeGarrette Blount certainly are a good start.

Of course, there is one problem. Masoli may split the vital Oregon state vote with Beavers running back Jacquizz Rodgers.

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