McFadden rushed for 1,725 yards in 12 games - more than he did in 14 games last season. His versatility is common knowledge by now. McFadden occasionally lines up at quarterback. He’s completed six passes this season, four for touchdowns.
McFadden also returns kickoffs, and at six-foot-two, he’s a bruising blocker when he doesn’t have the ball.
Is that enough to win the Heisman? He’ll find out this week. McFadden has strong competition, particularly from Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, who will face McFadden and 25th-ranked Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl, also is a contender.
“When Darren McFadden is at his highest level, there’s not a defence in this country that can stop him,” said Reggie Herring, who took over as Arkansas’ interim coach when Houston Nutt resigned last week. “He needs blockers just like every other great running back, but what he’s done over the past two years is more than enough to secure a Heisman Trophy.
“Just by the prerequisite of what’s been in the past, looking at stats and what you’ve done on the field and how important you are to a football team, I think Darren McFadden exemplifies that and then some.”
Heisman Profile: McFadden brilliant for second straight year
December 3rd, 2007