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Colby Cameron for Heisman

October 25, 2012

AMAYA

 

DEREK J. AMAYA
Associate Sports Editor

 

Redshirt senior quarterback Colby Cameron is one of the top five best quarterbacks in the country. Do not believe me? Let me show you.

 

He has thrown for 2,306 yards with 20 touchdowns, has been sacked only seven times and has a whopping 71.3 completion percentage. He has yet to throw an interception.

 

He is one of two players in the Football Bowl Subdivision to still not throw one. The other one is No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide’s junior quarterback A.J. McCarron.

 

A friend of mine sent me a text message saying, “Colby Cameron for Heisman.”

 

At first, I chuckled a little bit, but he also sent me the stats of the once considered top player for Heisman, West Virginia University’s senior quarterback Geno Smith.

 

So far, Smith has thrown for 2,414 yards with 26 touchdowns, has a completion percentage of 74.2 and has been sacked 11 times. He has thrown for 2 interceptions.

 

Compared to Cameron, they are almost identical in stats. What separates the two is Cameron is actually winning.

 

But, Derek, what about strength of schedule?

 

Though the Bulldogs might not have been playing the hardest teams overall, they have been playing above average passing defenses. Univeristy of Virginia is ranked 36th and University of Illinois is ranked 49th. We have also yet to play conference rivals San Jose State University and Utah State University, which are ranked 40th and 51st respectively.

 

I feel Cameron is not getting the attention for two reasons.

 

First is the fact we have such a superstar at wide receiver in redshirt senior Quinton Patton and the limelight is on him. Funny thing is, Cameron is the one giving him the ball.

 

Secondly, we are not a big market team. Teams like Alabama and West Virginia are moneymakers for ESPN, who basically run college football and the sport’s most prestigious awards.

 

Even after this argument, I highly doubt our favorite quarterback to cheer for will even be considered on the watch list. However, there are plenty of awards he can be put up for and it is up to the fans to help out. He has been nominated for the Davey O’Brien National QB Award, the Maxwell Award and the Manning Award almost every week.

 

Got to give it up to the slinger.

 

Derek is a junior journalism and marketing major from Metairie. Email comments to dja014@latech.edu.

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