Could a service academy player win the Trophy?
Back in the heyday of Army/Navy football, plenty of cadets and midshipmen won the H------ Trophy (five total). But it's been a long, long time. In fact, not since 1963, when Roger Staubach won it.
But the Denver Post is taking note of the strong performance of the Air Force Academy's do-everything receiver/tailback/returner Chad Hall. He averages over 200 all-purpose yards a game, and is the team's leading rusher AND receiver (the only player in the country with that qualification.)
Chad Hall is the premier player in our league," San Diego State coach Chuck Long said Tuesday on the MWC coaches' weekly teleconference. "There's no question he deserves consideration as a Heisman Trophy candidate.
"He does everything so well, they probably should play him on defense, too."
Hall leads Air Force in rushing (1,264 yards), receiving (457 yards), receptions (43), rushing touchdowns (12), all-purpose yards (2,233) and punt returns (12.3 average). His average of 203.0 all-purpose yards ranks second nationally behind East Carolina's Chris Johnson (210.2).
Hall set Air Force records with 275 yards rushing and 333 all-purpose yards against Army, and he is the only player in the nation to lead his team in rushing and receiving yards.
Is it possible?
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