Oklahoma ' Heisman Trophy' hype

Friday, December 10th 2004, 11:27 am
By: News On 6

It's an elite group. Only 68 people have ever won a Heisman trophy. Who will be the next? Or perhaps will it be one we've already seen before.

News on 6 reporter Steve Berg talked with local people as the excitement builds toward Saturday's award. You'll be shocked to know who the Tulsans we talked to, think should win the Heisman. Fan: "Well I think that Jason White should get it, because his stats have proven that throughout the year and he's played a stronger level of competition than most of the other candidates out there." Okay, so you're not shocked.

And the fans are already bracing themselves for both White and freshman Adrian Peterson to be shut out. Fan: "It's just the odds aren't for them to win, being a freshman and a two-time, I think they deserve it, but whether they get the votes to get it is the question.”

There are no doubt those who think that Jason White has already gotten his fair share of the spotlight, but Tulsa World sportswriter Jimmie Tramel, who does have a vote, says last year shouldn't matter. "The Heisman is not a career achievement award; it's the best player in college football, this year."

So who did Jimmie vote for? "The Heisman people really want you to be secretive with your vote because they want it to be a surprise on Saturday night, but I will say that the people of Oklahoma will not be disappointed with my vote."

The odd thing is that as a past winner, White has a vote in this year's award. He hasn't said how he'll vote, but it might be wise to vote for himself or Peterson. “For instance, Carson Palmer, the former USC winner says he's going to vote for Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, and a USC freshman receiver on his ballot just so he doesn't have to give Jason White any votes and honestly, I think that's kind of dirty.”

But one fan says; keep your eye on the big prize. Fan: "The year we won the national championship, Josh Heupel didn't win the Heisman, but we won the Orange Bowl, so let's go for the big one."