Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Contra Costa Times: Heisman? Cal hopes for Best

Jonathan Okanes

Forgive Jahvid Best if he isn't a Heisman Trophy historian.  Cal's star running back said he has never watched the Heisman ceremony held at the end of the season. When asked about last year's three high-profile finalists, he said he is familiar with them mostly by playing EA Sports' "NCAA Football" video game. "I use Florida a lot," Best said. "(Tim) Tebow doesn't make a bad pass in that game."

Best might never have seen the Downtown Athletic Club on television, but there are many college football experts who believe he has a chance to make it to New York in person this December. Best, the country's leading returning rusher in yards per game, is on virtually everybody's list of Heisman contenders for 2009.

"In my mind, he's the best back in college football," ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said. "If you're the premier back in college football, there's no question you should be in the discussion as far as the Heisman Trophy is concerned." Best has several factors in his favor.

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