QB Bryce Petty not named a Heisman Finalist

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Despite his arguably worthy statistical credentials, Baylor QB Bryce Petty was not among the finalists named moments ago by the Heisman Trust.

So, yeah.  Apparently you can go 11-1 on one of the best offenses in the country, put up a stat line of...


Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
2013 - Bryce Petty 12 179.2 221 357 61.9 3854 321.2 10.8 30 2 83 192 16 2.3 11 15 -

Finish second in the country in passer rating to the presumed Heisman favorite, throw just 2 interceptions on the entire year, win the Big 12 Conference, and not get so much as an invite to New York City.  All the more to work for in 2014, I guess.

I'm not really angry about Petty's "snub" because I don't honestly believe he had a chance to win the Trophy once Jameis Winston was cleared of felony sexual assault charges last week, but the recognition from getting Petty to New York, 2 years after having Robert Griffin III win it, would have been nice for both the team as a whole and Petty, individually.  Actually reminds me quite a bit of Brandon Weeden's campaign in 2011 -- the primary reason why Oklahoma State fans hate RGIII, in case you were wondering -- when he lost one game and tumbled from all consideration despite a remarkable statistical season.  That's ... not exactly bad company to be in, I guess.

Whatever.  Petty will return as a senior in 2014 at the head of what should be a very powerful Baylor offense once again and receive the benefit, this time, of not being an almost complete unknown.  With another year under his belt, it's not at all a stretch to say he'll probably be even better.  Think about that, Big 12, and tremble.

Wasn't A.J. McCarron's great claim to Heisman fame that his team was undefeated?  Jordan Lynch's NIU's amazing run? Apparently six finalists is a bit of an outlier in terms of Heisman history, and my guess is that you'll see a big clump of people at #2 behind landslide, cleared, Winston as your 2013 Heisman Trophy winner.

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