November 27, 2009

Dwyer for Heisman?

J.D., the Diesel, Jon Deere. About the only thing, Jonathan Dwyer accumulates faster than nicknames are rushing yards and touchdowns. He is the reigning ACC player of the year after rushing for 1395 yards and 12 touchdowns in 13 games (107.3 yards per game) last season. After putting up such gaudy stats, it would be easy to predict a let down season for Dwyer, especially considering that defenses have been keying on him exclusively this year.

Not so fast my friend. Dwyer already has 1203 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns through 11 games and his yard per game average of 109.4 is actually better than last year. Not to mention that he has guided the Yellow Jackets to their best record since winning the national championship in 1990.

Nevertheless, Dwyer is still not getting the respect that he deserves. He is not even mentioned in the Heisman discussion and is not considered to be the front-runner for the ACC player of the year. "I guess people think that last year was a fluke", he said. "That just makes me want to go out and prove myself even more on the field. I want to show everybody that last year was not just a Cinderella story. I'm going to try to makes plays and do whatever I can for my team."

C.J. Spiller, the Clemson running back and media infatuation, is getting all of the publicity. Do not get me wrong, his stat line is quite impressive as he ranks third nationally with 187.8 all-purpose yards per game and has 16 total touchdowns. However, he has received all of the hype and publicity ever since he was a freshman, even though this is the first year that his production on the field has actually matched that inflated standard. For the time being, Dwyer will continue to stay hungry in the shadows until their big head to head show down in the ACC Championship game on Dec 5.

First things first, rumors have it that there is an important game on campus this weekend.

Dwyer talked spoke about the match up between Georgia Tech and Georgia. He said, "It's a rivalry game and it's for the state championship. The winner gets bragging rights for a whole year. This is the biggest game of the year. This is what we come here for. They go to Georgia to beat us and we come here to beat them. It's the last game of the regular season and we are trying to stay undefeated at home by playing our game."

Last year Dwyer ran for 144 yards, including 107 yards and two touchdowns in the second half to help the Jackets overcome a 16-point halftime deficit. Tech went for 409 yards on the ground as a team and they will look for a repeat performance. The win was huge for players and fans alike as they broke a seven-year losing streak to their bitter in state rival. The Jackets will look to break a separate losing streak on Saturday, as they will aim for their first home win over the Bulldogs in this decade. Their last rivalry win at Bobby Dodd was in 1999.

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