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Chris Dufrense on the Heisman Trophy, Jim L. Mora and more [Video]

December 12, 2011 |  1:47 pm


Times College Football writer Chris Dufresne talks to CineSport's Tara Petrolino about the Heisman Trophy, Jim L. Mora and the possibility of a college football playoff.

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III won the trophy on Saturday, leaving early season favorite Andrew Luck of Stanford as runner-up for the second year in a row. But, as Dufresne pointed out in Sunday's paper, the future still looks quite bright for Luck, who is expected to be the first player picked in the NFL draft:

The Heisman results should have no bearing on his pro potential. NFL passing greats who didn't win the coveted award include Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Brett Favre, Troy Aikman, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young, Bart Starr and Dan Marino.

Many Heisman-winning quarterbacks, however, have not fared well in the NFL: Matt Leinart, Eric Crouch, Jason White, Chris Weinke, Ty Detmer, John Huarte, Pat Sullivan, Steve Spurrier, Doug Flutie, Gino Torretta and Gary Beban.

Dufresne compares UCLA's hiring of Mora as football coach to a similar move by USC nearly 11 years ago, when the Trojans brought in another former NFL coach, Pete Carroll.

Another topic of conversation is the rumbling that there may actually be some sort of playoff system, possibly involving four teams, in college football in the near future.


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