I’m sure many of you by now know that Cal’s athletic department has launched a web site to promote wide receiver/kick returner DeSean Jackson for the Heisman Trophy. History says Jackson will need all the promoting he can get.
In the history of the award, only two wide receivers have ever won — Tim Brown in 1987 and Desmond Howard in 1991. Of course, the one thing Jackson has going for him is his explosiveness as a kick returner, something that helped Howard win the award (of course, this also raises one of the compelling questions going into the season — why in the world would anyone ever kick to Jackson?)
Jackson may be the most exciting player in college football this season, but that may not be enough to get him the Heisman. The funny thing is quarterback Nate Longshore may be the more practical candidate. Quarterbacks have won the Heisman 26 times, including six out of the last seven seasons. Longshore figures to put up some gawdy numbers this season. He also figures to be overshadowed by USC quarterback John David Booty.
The link to the Jackson website: http://www.the1towatch.com