The Heisman trophy is very unlikely going to go to a non-BCS school, and this year is not going to change that. However, Nevada Wolf Pack running back Stefphon Jefferson is putting up stats to at least be considered for the prestigious award.
In seven games this season Jefferson has rushed for 1,140 yards rushing and is averaging over five yards per carry. He also leads the nation in yards per game at 162.86, plus he also has 14 rushing touchdowns, which also leads all running backs. He also has 139 yards in the receiving game.
With those numbers, Sports Illustrated's Cory McCartney places Jefferson at No. 10 in his latest Heisman poll, and here is what he says about the Nevada back:
Could this be college football's next 2,000-yard rusher? Only 14 players have ever hit the plateau -- five of whom (Marcus Allen, Mike Rozier, Barry Sanders, Rashaan Salaam and Ricky Williams) own Heismans -- and no one has done it since Matt Forte and Kevin Smith in 2007. But Jefferson may soon join them. He's averaging 162.8 yards per game, and with a remaining schedule that includes four teams that rank 50th or worse against the run, and with the 6-1 Wolf Pack certain to play in a bowl game, Jefferson could easily join the exclusive club.
Nevada still has five games left, and six counting a bowl game. So, if Jefferson keeps up his average he will finish the season with 2,117 yards, and possibly 26 touchdowns if he keeps up his two score per game average.
While those stats are nice, odds of getting even invited to New York is a long shot. The only real chance is if Nevada finishes 12-1, and somehow make their way to a BCS bowl game. In the end, Jefferson won't get the Heisman, but he could get a nice consolation prize by winning the Doak Walker award, which is given to the best running back.