Coming off of leading the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to an 11-3 record including a 49-34 win in the Orange Bowl over a Mississippi State team that was in College Playoff contention for the majority of the season is what makes the Heisman hype that surrounds Justin Thomas legitimate.
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The odds on Thomas getting the Heisman are long, in fact bovada.lv currently has the odds on Justin Thomas winning the Heisman at 33-1.
Just the fact that there are odds on Justin Thomas shows that there is a chance of him pulling off the feat.
But what exactly would it take for Justin Thomas to bring the Heisman Trophy to the Flats in 2015.
Everyone read that part and said “a perfect season!” .
The thing is that honestly he does not need to go undefeated in order to win the Heisman.
But the Yellow Jackets can’t afford to lose more than one game.
Think about it, Paul Johnson has already said that the schedule that the Yellow Jackets have to battle through in 2015 is easily the toughest that he has had to encounter in his eight seasons at the helm of the Tech program.
If Georgia Tech was to navigate through it and go 11-1 that would definitely keep the Heisman spotlight on Thomas.
Then factor in that the Georgia Tech offense is going to be pretty dependent on him this season with the departure of Zach Laskey, Synjyn Days, Darren Waller, DeAndre Smelter and Tony Zenon.
If Justin Thomas is able to guide an offense with new skill position players at every spot to the same or better efficiency than 2014, voters should take notice.
Statistically Heisman voters like to see style points. Now last season Thomas was able to complete 51.3% of his passes for 1,719 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions.
What if he was able to improve his completion percentage to around 60%, which is possible since the Jackets don’t really throw the ball that often. That is basically asking him to complete 120 of 200 passing attempts or better.
Then on the passing yards he would need to hit at least 2,500 yards passing or better which is going to be the hard part.
Of course he would need to rush for over 1,000 yards again, but this time around he needs to account for 35 to 40 touchdowns with minimal turnovers.
Last season he accounted for 26 touchdowns (18 passing and eight rushing), but there is a high chance that he can expand on that number given the circumstances.
Finally he has to win all the big games. In this Heisman scenario he has to go 11-1 don’t forget.
So he has to guide the Jackets in wins over Florida St., Notre Dame, Clemson, and Georgia, which by the way are all the games they are expected to lose by most people.
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If they do drop one the main thing is not to lose the Georgia game because that is late in the season and can leave a lasting impression if he is having a big season up until that point and is, therefore, in Heisman contention.
If he is healthy enough to help Georgia Tech pull off a close to perfect season, and has strong stats to help stake his claim, there is no reason for him not to be in Heisman talks.
Of course a National Championship is more important than any individual accolade, but it is cool to dream big any.
An 11-1 regular season, a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback and ACC Title would be a dream right?