Roquan Smith for Heisman
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Roquan Smith proved again this year why he is arguably the best defensive player in college football, if not in all of college football. This year he led the #3 Georgia Bulldogs to a 12-1 record so far, the SEC Championship and a playoff spot in the Rose Bowl. He led the team in tackles for a second year in a row as a junior inside linebacker. He won the Butkus Award for the best linebacker in the nation by a margin higher than any in the past decade, SEC defensive player of the year, SEC Championship MVP, and many other awards, as well as being a finalist for event more awards that haven’t been decided yet. He was also named to the all-SEC first team.Smith led #3 UGA this year in tackles, sacks, solo tackles, tackles for loss, and assisted tackles, in which he had led by far for most of those categories. He finished the year with 113 tackles, 72 solo tackles,10.5 tackles for loss, 2 passes broken up, 5.5 sacks, 8 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, and 2 fumble recoveries. In addition to this he was the leader of his team on and off the field and led one of the most dominant defenses in the long history of UGA and one of the best in the nation. Smith exemplars traits of leadership and integrity which should be looked for ina Heisman winner, as he has been a humble and respectful yet impactful leader for one of the nation’s top teams. Not only isn’t he a leader off of the field for Georgia and has tremendous stats including leading the SEC in solo tackles, but he simply takes over the game in a defense standpoint. Almost every single play Smith is involved in bringing down the ball carrier or disrupting a pass. This includes but is not limited to tackles, pressuring the quarterback often, spying on rushing quarterbacks, closing gaps, and running down players from behind. If you watch the film it is obvious that Roquan Smith is by far one of the nation’s best football players, and that is why it is clear he should be a finalist, if not the winner, for the Heisman Trophy Award.
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