Jimbo Fisher believes the Heisman is a popularity contest

By | September 26, 2012

Florida State Seminole head coach Jimbo Fisher after beating ClemsonThe Florida State Seminoles are currently 4 – 0 and are rolling along in the ACC. They are led by senior quarterback E.J. Manuel, who is currently 69 of 94 for 905 yards and 8 touchdowns. Manuel is having a Heisman season and there doesn’t seem to be anyone who can stop him from continuing down that path.

His coach Jimbo Fisher doesn’t believe in the Heisman though. Fisher thinks the Heisman is a popularity contest.

“Like I say, that’s for show dogs. If you want to parade him around and do all that, I’d rather have a hunting dog. When I let him out that truck, he’s ready to go,” Fisher said. “I think that’s what he is and I think he understands that. He’s mature enough to understand that.”

To an extent Fisher is right. Last season Robert Griffin III won the Heisman, but the award probably should have gone to Andrew Luck.

Fisher didn’t stop there though, he went on to say that if Manuel were to win the Heisman it would be great for him.

“That’s all great, but that’s not for him to decide. For him to decide is what kind of teammate he’s going to be, what kind of leader he’s going to be and how he’s going to go each week.”

Manuel understands that the Heisman isn’t the most important and that focusing on winning is the best thing for him to do right now.

“Personal accolades are one thing, but you’ve as a team got to win,” Manuel said. “Nobody’s gonna really care about personal accolades unless you’re winning. We’ve just got to keep winning and playing well.”

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10 thoughts on “Jimbo Fisher believes the Heisman is a popularity contest

  1. Eric Pedersen

    I think the polls are a popularity contest. There are 5 to 6 SEhC teams that would go undefeated through the season if they had FSU’s cupcake schedule. There is no reason for them to be rnked in the top 10, when they don’t compete at a top 10 level. Clemson was over rated as well, almost getting beaten by Auburn.

    1. ParadigmShift35

      FSU should probably win their division first before we say they are back. They haven’t done so since 2005. Yes, they have looked very good so far but back? Meh.

  2. Ray Hickey

    Seems as though that puts Clemson on a par with LSU doesn’t it?

  3. anton

    thats why i dont watch college………every august, i am saying august, we are hearing who the heisman should go to………that is ridiculous, and shows what a joke it really is.

  4. Ryan

    I lost all respect for the Heisman back when Charles Woodson won it over Peyton Manning. Jimbo is totally right on this. The award goes to the most hyped player, with the gaudiest stats on the biggest named team. The fact that RGIII won it last year is a bit of an anomaly, but overall, the award is now a joke.

  5. Chad

    This isn’t a news worthy article; it’s no secret that it’s a popularity contest…why else would the media get to vote on it? Hardly any of them ever played football so what do they know about the best player in college football?

  6. JohnF

    4-5 of those sec teams you speak of would lose to the noles…that’s a fact HATER!

  7. Virgil Rodney Smith

    FSU is getting stronger but still have work to do. Manual used to be rather mistake prone but has developed over time, has likely faced likely a lot of adverse press from Seminole fans over the years and probably had the game of his career last Saturday. Some of these guys win the Heismann and then fizzle out in the NFL. We’re proud of you EJ for staying the course when you could have easily bailed out.

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