Stiff-armed by the Heisman
Who will win the Heisman Trophy tonight? Probably Ohio State's Troy Smith, who will lead the Buckeyes against the Gators in the BCS title game next month.
Danny Wuerffel was the last Gator to win the Heisman, taking home the trophy in 1996 after a fantastic season in which he finished with a QB rating of 170.6. That Florida team averaged 46 points a game and won the national title after beating Florida State in the Sugar Bowl.
One other Gator who certainly deserved to be a Heisman finalist in the years since '96? That'd be Rex Grossman in 2001. The bottom line is that Grossman lost because he was a sophomore and the winner, QB Eric Couch of Nebraska, was a senior. Grossman threw for more than 300 yards in every game but one -- when he threw for 290.