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A legitimate Heisman Candidate

NCAA Football: Wake Forest at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

So here at BSD, I am the resident Hot Take aficionado. I said Wake would start 4-0, beat Florida State and that the ceiling for this team was 9 wins(I haven’t been wrong on two of them so far.)

Back in April I wrote an article detailing why I thought Kendall Hinton would win the Heisman. And then John Wolford decided to nuke the ACC

Wolford outright won the battle in the summer and so I figured, “what’s the worst that could happen?”

Wolford led the team to a 4-0 start and heads started to turn. The Decs lost a heartbreaker to FSU, Wolford didn’t play at a closer than expected game at Clemson, and Wake fell at Georgia tech. 4-3, middling in the hardest stretch in recent memory and not knowing what to do.

John Wolford, going head to head against the most recent Heisman winner, went 28/34, 461 yards and 5 touchdowns through the air, while adding another score on the ground. Earning him the ACC offensive back of the week.

The next week? A solid 28/45 for 331 yards 2TD’s through the air and 59 yards with a score on the ground in a valiant effort against Notre Dame on the road, missing 3 crucial pieces.

Then... well this was NSFW: 25/38 for 363 yards and 3 scores though the air, 19 rushes for 136 yards and 3 scores on the ground... Yes you read that right this man had almost 500 yards himself and had 6 touchdowns in a 64-43 second half beat down of Syracuse to make the Deacs bowl eligible. Once again Wolford was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week and named the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the week

Last week against a ranked NC State team, Wolford became the first player in program history to pass for 8,000 yards and run for more than 1,000 in his career. He only put up a modest 19/28 247yards 3 touchdowns and only his 4th(!!) interception of the year.

This tweet kinda makes a huge argument for #WhyNotJohn

I’m not a genius but that seems pretty damn good to me? And he missed a game on top of it? He is 7th in QBR, 7th in Passer Efficiency, 6th in TD:INT ratio, and has turned this offense into an absolute juggernaut.

Via @DavidHaleESPN, in the last decade ony 4 QBs had tallied 2000+ yards through the air, 20 passing TDs, 500 rushing yards and 10 rush TDs in the first 10 games of the season:

Lamar Jackson(TWICE)

Jordan Lynch

Dak Prescott

John Wolford(the only one to do it with less than 5 turnovers)

I’m all on the train that Lamar Jackson should be in NYC for the ceremony, hes been having an even better of a year than he was last year when he won the award. Baker Mayfield has been on fire this year. But for the conversation and going to New York, the player who is #1 in the ACC in Passer Rating, a 2x CFPA National Performer of the Week, and who has been putting up video game stats deserves to be there and that person is John Wolford