Jackson State football coach Dion Sanders His son, Tigers quarterback, thought Shader Sanders, must be taken into account for the Heisman Prize this season. On Monday, Deion Sanders launched the campaign.
Schedur Sanders, a sophomore, is on Heisman’s watchlist and is a Walter Payton Prize Nominee (The award given to the best offensive player in the Football Championship division). In four games, Shedeur Sanders passed nearly 1,400 yards with 14 touchdowns and one interception, and Jackson State (4-0) ranked No. 8 in the FCS Coaches Poll and Number 1 among HBCU programs. Deon Sanders said these numbers shouldn’t be ignored by Heisman voters, even though they belong to a quarterback and a program outside of the Power Five conferences.
“Quarterback (Shedeur Sanders) should be mentioned in the Heisman race,” Deion Sanders He said during the weekly media conference SWAC. “That’s up to you guys. I want you guys to push those pens and computers and do what you can because when you put his numbers up against these guys in the Power Five, he does as much if not more than they do now. When they started talking about Heisman, which is What I saw before the previous game, I was a little upset because they didn’t mention the period to us.”
No HBCU player has ever won the Heisman Cup.
The only HBCU player to receive an invitation to New York for the Heisman Awards was Alcorn State’s Steve McNair in 1994. McNair put numbers not yet reached by any quarterback at HBCU. In his first season, McNair had 356 of 612 passes for 5,377 yards with 47 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He also rushed for 936 yards and nine TDs. McNair finished third in the Heisman vote.
Those are the numbers that Shader Sanders is chasing. The competition is not against other football division players, but against McNair, fair or unfair. Sanders will have to put up similar numbers for a SWAC rival to get an invite to the Heisman party.
The front-runner to win the Heisman Award is Alabama sophomore quarterback Bryce Young, last year’s winner. Also referred to frequently are Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud, who finished fourth last season, and Alabama player Will Anderson Jr., who finished fifth.
What hurts Shedeur Sanders’ chances is that Jackson State doesn’t play in prime time against marquee teams that Heisman voters could see late in the season. If Jackson State makes it to the Celebration Bowl, which was played between the SWAC and MEAC champions on ESPN, the game will be played on December 17 — a week after the Heisman Cup was awarded. Shedeur Sanders won’t stand a chance of his “Heisman moment,” the return of 1991 title-winner Desmond Howard for 93 yards for a Michigan touchdown against Ohio State.
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Deion Sanders said the level of competition at Jackson State shouldn’t stop Shedeur Sanders from winning the Heisman Award.
“You have to understand that when you look at a player and you look at his skill set, it doesn’t take long for you to understand that this kid can play at any level,” said Deon Sanders. A five-star recruit) could have played anywhere he wanted to play, and (JSU safety) Shiloh (Sanders, Dion’s son too) could have played anywhere he wanted to play. …You can’t tell me, he (Schedore Sanders) could play in the NFL but he’s not good enough to be in the Heisman race. This is a lie. This is where you got it. If he’s good enough to play in the NFL, he’s good enough to be on Heisman’s ballot.
“Heisman is directly dependent on production. They play against a level, we play against a level, and we are just in control.”
This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Deion Sanders thinks Shedeur’s son should be the Heisman Trophy candidate