Amari Cooper having great year, but Marcus Mariota will win Heisman

Alabama WR Amari Cooper is one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy this season. (AP photo)

Alabama WR Amari Cooper is one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy this season. (AP photo)

Only two receivers — Tim Brown and Desmond Howard — have ever won the Heisman Trophy.

That number won’t change this year.

The Heisman Trophy will go home with Oregon QB Marcus Mariota at the ceremony on Saturday night, even tough Alabama’s Amari Cooper had an outstanding season.

Opponents haven’t been able to cover Cooper at all.

He has 1,656 yards and 14 TDs, and has set a SEC record with 115 receptions.

Cooper burned Auburn for 13 catches for 224 yards and TDs of 17, 39 and 75 yards, and then caught 12 passes in the win over Missouri for the conference title.

Compelling evidence, but Mariota will win, even though much of the country has rarely stayed up late enough to watch him play in those games that begin around 10 p.m.

Trust me, if you haven’t seen him, Mariota is amazing and would start for every SEC team.

Here are his numbers.

He’s thrown for 3,783 yards, 38 TDs and four interceptions. Mariota is the nation’s top-rated passer (186.3) and has run for 669 yards and 14 more scores.

Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon is the third finalist. He’s leads the nation with 2,336 yards rushing and 179.7 yards per game, including that monstrous game in which he set the short-lived NCAA rushing record with 408 yards against Nebraska.

Recent history is against Gordon.

A QB has won the Heisman Trophy in 12 of the past 13 years, with only Alabama’s Mark Ingram breaking up that streak in 2009.


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