WHNT News 19 Sports Director Chase Horn reveals his 2016 Heisman Trophy ballot

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There are 870 members of the media nation wide that have the opportunity to vote for the Heisman Trophy winner, and I am lucky enough to be on of those one of those Heisman electors.  The voters are chosen regionally, so I feel like I represent the Tennessee Valley with my vote, and because of that I feel it's only right to be transparent by telling you who I voted for.  Now that we know Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is the 2016 winner, here is how I voted, and why I voted the way I did.

 

1st - Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield

2nd - Louisville Quarterback Lamar Jackson

3rd - Texas running back D'Onta Foreman

 

On my ballot I chose Texas running Back D'Onta Foreman as my third choice.  I know he played on a five win team, but honestly he would have been higher on my ballot if the Longhorns had a better season, because Foreman finished the year with over 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Not only that, Foreman didn't have a single game with less than 124 rushing yards, and he averaged an absurd 6.3 yards per carry.

As my second choice i went with the eventual Heisman winner, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.  Like most back in early November, I had Jackson as my sure fire number one, but in the end i couldn't pull the trigger with how bad he played down the stretch.  He wasn't just bad he was the reason his team lost to both Houston and Kentucky.  Jackson had just 244 total yards with one score against Houston, and against UK he was worse.  Sure he put up a lot of points in that game but he gave the game away with three interceptions and a fumble.

The top spot on my ballot went to Oklahoma quarterback baker Mayfield.  Mayfield was responsible for 44 touchdowns, just 7 fewer than Jackson, he turned the ball over fewer times than Jackson, he also completed a crazy 71.2 percent of his passes, but it wasn't just the overall numbers that made me go with Mayfield.  In my opinion he was never the reason why the Sooners lost, even in his bad games he found a way to limit damage and give his team a chance to win.

With that said, I know there was a lot of Alabama fans out there hoping to see freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts win, so let me tell you why i didn't vote for him.
As good as hurts was he still made too many freshman mistakes, particularly turning the ball over 14 times.  He also is not the best player on his own team, that's defensive lineman Jonathan Allen.  In my opinion Allen is the best defensive player in college football.  If I had a fourth place vote it would go to him, but winning the Heisman as a defensive player is hard, and with so many good quarterbacks Allen was just the odd man out.