NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: The 2010 Heisman Trophy is displayed prior to a press conference for Heisman Trophy candidates at The New York Marriott Marquis on December 11 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
So we've discussed what life would be like if a Heisman winner played for Maryland, how close Maryland has gotten to winning the Heisman, but what are the chances of someone from Maryland winning the Heisman in the near future?
The easy answer to that question is probably slim to none. Unfortunately for the Terps, the closest we might get to a Heisman winner on Maryland might be by adding one in EA Sports' NCAA Football 13. But because it's the middle of the summer and the season hasn't started yet, lets take a look at who I think would be the best candidate to win the Heisman for Maryland within the next 2-4 years. (I'd just like to emphasize that I think it's highly unlikely that this scenario would actually happen, but if you asked me to pick one person, this is who I'd chose).
To me, if you're looking at someone with the potential to one day win the Heisman, Diggs was the first person who came to mind. Not only is he the highest rated recruit Maryland has signed in a number of years, but he has the ability to be a flashy, dominant player that often times seem to rule the Heisman voting. Diggs seems to be the type of player that you can focus an offense around. You could use him in an option offense as a running back or wide receiver. He can return kicks and punts. He's also a rather solid cornerback. His dominant ability to run with the ball after the catch makes him a home run threat on every play. After gaining additional experience in route running, he should become the focal point in Mike Locksley's spread offense.
Even if Diggs did put up a dominant season in a Maryland uniform, he'd still face a huge uphill battle to even be included in the top 5 of the Heisman voting. The last time a wide receiver won the Heisman was back in 1991 when Desmond Howard won. The emphasis on the quarterback and running back in Heisman voting has been a dominant theme over the last several decades as those two positions have combined for 19 of the last 21 winners. That QB-RB dominance could prevent Diggs from winning, should he be able to dominate while at Maryland. But Diggs could also be disadvantaged because he'd be playing for Maryland, who is not considered one of the historically dominant college football schools, meaning Diggs might not get the exposure and creditability that some of his peers receive. Diggs would also have to put up really, really impressive numbers just to get into the Heisman conversation. That's no easy task, let alone at a school that's coming off of a 2-10 record last season. But if I had to put my money on anyone from M
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