Fans are getting more and more on board with this season's basketball team with every passing game, and with good reason -- the Jackets appear for all the world to be a completely different team from just a year ago in nearly every aspect of the game. Everything from three point shooting to free throw percentage is up and the team is much less of an ocular burden because of it. In fact, this season's team is actually fun to watch as opposed to borderline intolerable as it has been for a few seasons now. This feels like the year for Brian Gregory and his team. Will they now proceed to lose every conference game because I said that? Probably. But I'm just enjoying the ride right now.
A couple of Georgia Tech commits -- Dedrick Mills and Xavier Gantt -- are having phenomenal senior postseasons for Ware County and Buford, their respective high schools. I haven't seen any statistics on either of their full seasons, but Mills recently went for 270 yards and a quartet of touchdowns as his team defeated Drew High 46-21 in the state playoffs. Gantt's day was nothing to sneeze at either; he ran for a pair of touchdowns of his own as Buford stomped Thompson 49-7. I ironically know nothing about high school football in the state of Georgia, but I can certainly tell you that anyone who takes enough snaps at Buford to make a sizable impact will do just fine at the next level. Gantt is not the exception.
They said that option quarterbacks couldn't win the Heisman Trophy. While "they" are still technically right at the moment, that could change very soon: Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds is currently leading the fan vote for the Heisman Trophy by 12% over runner-up Derrick Henry, receiving 38% of all votes. I first heard this news when it was announced that Reynolds was not-so-maliciously removed from the ballot earlier this week, prompting a frustrated response from Navy's athletic department. Reynolds -- who is back on the ballot now following some quick backtracking by ESPN and Heisman affiliate Nissan -- was leading with a staggering 44% of fan vote at the time of his removal. And if we're being honest, why shouldn't the FBS's leader in career rushing scores win the highest honor? I have no shame in trying to influence your vote on this matter. Go Watson or Reynolds and don't look back. So, without further ado, here's why you should vote for Keenan Reynolds:
1. IF YOU DON'T THEN YOU'RE A COMMUNIST BY DEFAULT. Seriously. He goes to the Naval Academy. He's dedicated to you already. Reciprocate or suffer.
2. HE IS GOOD AT FOOTBALL. Career rushing touchdowns leaders don't just grow on trees, you know.
3. IT WOULD HELP GEORGIA TECH. An option quarterback winning the Heisman would be fantastic recruiting material for this coaching staff.
That's all for today. I'll just casually leave this link here in case you want to, oh, I don't know... vote for Keenan Reynolds? I hear it's what all the cool kids are doing. How can you resist now? If you don't want to then I guess there's always this option in the write-in section...
Who is your vote for Heisman this season?