Eddie George announces his pick

Eddie George, winner of the 1995 Trophy, announced his pick on Sunday night on FSN's BCS Ratings Show:

Darren McFadden, hands down. I like Tim Tebow, but as a quarterback you have to have your team in the national championship hunt. There's no other player more dynamic or more explosive than Darren McFadden.

And incidentally, former Northwestern and Colorado coach Gary Barnett said that he thought Tebow deserved it, but that McFadden would win.


Kari Chisholm | December 3, 2007 | Comment on This Post (12 so far)
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What an idiotic comment by Eddie George (showing off his Ohio-State education). "You have to have your team in the National Championship hunt." So that's why you picked DARREN MCFADDEN? Last time I looked, Mr. Brilliant, Arkansas had four losses and wasn't in the same zip code as a national championship.

Posted by: Marc | Dec 3, 2007 6:25:57 AM

Ha, ha I read that quote by Eddie George & thought the same thing re: his stupidity - stupid, stupid, stupid!

Posted by: Mike | Dec 3, 2007 7:20:40 AM

Marc and Mike... you guys talk about Eddie George's stupidity, yet apparently neither of you can read nor hear. Eddie George said that "as a QB", you have to have your team in the title hunt. He did NOT say you had to be in the hunt to be a Heisman candidate, only if you are a QB. McFadden is a running back, therefore, according to EG, being in the title hunt is not one of his requirements. I like Tebow, but as a QB he touches the ball on every snap. D-mac does not and he' still dominates games. He may not win, but McFadden's the best college football player in America this year and that's what the Heisman is supposed to represent. It's not all about numbers.

Posted by: KN | Dec 3, 2007 10:59:14 AM

Tebow is the best player in college football. Mcfadden only showed up in the last month of the season against an overrated LSU defense. Mcfadden only had 44 yards against Auburn on 20 something carries, which cost them the game. Tebow never put the gators in a position to lose and he had at least 1 touchdown passing and 1 touchdown running in every game. Not to mention he has the 2nd highest passing effiency in the nation and he would have the highest passing effiency of any qb ever to win the heisman. Tebow more than deserves the heisman he has earned it.

Posted by: Matt | Dec 3, 2007 12:35:38 PM

Yes, as a QB, you are suppossed to have your team in the title hunt and there is a little more weight to be carried as a leader of the team. I'm surprised that if that's his Heisman standard, that he hasn't placed his vote for Todd Boeckman (or however the heck you spell it...), he's in the title hunt. Or maybe Matt Flynn. Matt Stafford. John David Booty perhaps. The Bradford kid from Oklahoma... (btw, you will hear from those last three gentlemen next year for sure). They were all in the hunt and Bradford put up some good numbers. I'm being cute, but really, with the season playing out the way it did... is 3 losses with the 5th hardest schedule and 6 freshmen and 3 sophomores starting on defense THAT bad a season?

McFadden is a bad futher-mucker! No doubt about it. He's also currently the best pro prospect in college football and if his QB and defense were both about 20% better, this probably isn't even much of a debate. With Tebow, if Kestahn Moore doesn't fumble or a ball bounces off Ingram's helmet into a defenders arms and his defense is 10% better, we would be making this decision between the two of them based on the SEC title game rematch. Alas, the Heisman isn't based on what ifs, or "if only's". It's just as subjective as the BCS title game is. The BCS folks majorly screwed that up this year, but at the same time, got it relatively right. (glad i'm not a Georgia fan!!!) So too will be the He15man voting.

Posted by: Scott | Dec 3, 2007 12:54:54 PM

I am a Buckeye and Eddie is completely off base. The Heisman Trophy goes to the most OUTSTANDING player in college football. It doesn't go to the most EXPLOSIVE or the most DYNAMIC as Eddie has stated.

We know running backs like to stick with running backs but come on. I saw Tebow first hand last year in the championship game and not a single person on our defense could stop him. This year, not a single team could stop him. He had his team ahead at LSU and the defense couldn't stop LSU's offense. He brought Florida back against Auburn to tie the game only to have his defense give up a final drive field goal. And we all saw how Florida's defense had NO answer for Knowshon Moreno.

Maybe Tebow should of lined up at linebacker for some of those games...

And what is the tocuhdown comparison between McFadden and Tebow in games played against the same teams? Something like 22-7. This shouldn't even be a contest.

Posted by: Buckeye | Dec 3, 2007 2:51:51 PM

McFadden started the game off at LSU by fumbling the ball 3 times. He then ran up his stats during the 3 OT's as LSU's defense was exhausted.

Posted by: Dave | Dec 3, 2007 4:11:30 PM

Eddie needs to shut his mouth and thank his lucky stars that the voters robbed Wuerffel in '95 - if they hadn't, Eddie wouldn't even have a vote. Be grateful, Jackass.

Posted by: heisman | Dec 3, 2007 4:14:37 PM

I thought that all Heisman candidate were supposed to be leader's of their teams. But it appears that Eddie George and Scott posting here,don't believe that RB's need to be the same quality of a leader as the QB. I suppose that's why McFadden decided to take the month of October off and only put on a show for the Heisman voter's at the beginning of the season and again at the end of the season. By the way, didn't Arkansas lose 4 games as opposed to UF's 3 games. McFadden couldn't even turn in a 100 yard game against UFI. At least Tebow gave consistant performances throughout the entire season.

Posted by: Barbara DeMonte | Dec 3, 2007 9:48:11 PM

You guys bashing McFadden are pretty off-base.

1) McFadden had something around 180 yards rushing and 2 TD's and a TD pass in regulation against LSU. He had a Heisman type game in regulation alone.

2) Of course Tebow has more touchdowns, he is the absolute focus of the Florida offense. He touches the ball AT LEAST 2-3x more a game than DMAC. Beyond that, McFadden shares carries with Felix Jones, widely considered one of the top ten backs in college. If Arkansas had given the ball to DMAC inside the five every time like Florida does for Tebow, McFadden's numbers would be through the roof.

3) When Arkansas is on the goal line and McFadden does not score, he is used as a decoy and typically sets up the score. Should he be punished for that? Tebow will ALWAYS get credit for a touchdown, whether throwing or passing in this situation.

4) Are you really going to argue that Arkansas' four losses hurt worse than Florida's three? Please.

5) McFadden didn't just show up for the last half of the season...how about 195 yards against Alabama in a dominating performance? Or 173 yards against Kentucky? He only had one bad game all year, and that was against Auburn. Auburn literally put 9 guys in the box and Arkansas' QB play is so pitiful that we could not back them off. Once again, this is to no fault of McFadden's.

Everyone arguing for Tebow is basically saying that QB's deserve it more than RB's. I don't give a rip about numbers, to be honest with you, because stats don't tell the story. If they did, Brennan would have won it last year, and Texas Tech's QB would be in NYC every single year. When I watch games, McFadden is the most explosive, powerful, dominating, game-changing player I have seen. Tebow is great, no doubt, but put McFadden in the wildcat 100% of the time and surround him with Florida's talent and see what happens. He obviously wouldn't throw for as much as Tebow, but he would run for a hell of a lot more.

The voters told McFadden last year to go home, have a great junior year, and come collect your trophy. He did just that, and hopefully Tebow will be told the same thing this year.

Go Hogs.

Posted by: hogfan | Dec 3, 2007 11:17:26 PM

Thanks for the intellectual perspective! The perspective of comparison of the QB vs RB is on target. Florida ensures that Tebow will build these stats due to one-the nature of his position, and two-build the numbers for the heisman argument. In contrast, McFadden shares the game with other teammates (Jones) and others displaying true sportsmanship and character (not self serving). Is this not what the Heisman is all about?

Posted by: razorbackfan | Dec 4, 2007 4:52:43 AM

Quoting Heisman - "Eddie needs to shut his mouth and thank his lucky stars that the voters robbed Wuerffel in '95 - if they hadn't, Eddie wouldn't even have a vote. Be grateful, Jackass."

It was Tommie Frazier that was robbed. The numbers don't lie, and if we go by George's own comment, the 1995 quarterback that lead his team to a title was Tommie Frazier. Though, I'm sure George was to busy watching Tim Biakabutukua run all over his team to notice Touchdown Tommie and the Huskers thrashing every opponent they faced.

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