Randle El not a Heisman Trophy Finalist...Or is he?
December 4, 2001
Bloomington, Ind. -- The Downtown Athletic Club of New York City, Inc., today announced the four finalists who have been invited to attend the Heisman Trophy award presentation on Saturday, December 8 (7:00 p.m. EST on ESPN) at the Marriott Marquis in New York. The four finalists include Nebraska's Eric Crouch, Miami (Fla.) quarterback Ken Dorsey, Florida's Rex Grossman, and Oregon signal caller Joey Harrington. However, surprisingly, the Downtown Athletic Club selected the four finalists with only 20 percent of the 870 media electors and the 53 past Heisman Trophy recipients' votes being cast. The Downtown Athletic Club reserves the right to add a fifth and possibly even a sixth player to this list if warrented and Indiana graduate quarterback Antwaan Randle El figures to be among the leading possibilities along with Oklahoma defensive back Roy Williams. Where Randle El and Williams have a valid complaint is the fact that those voters who still have not cast their vote may decide to limit their selection to the four announced finalists.
On ESPN this evening, the network conducted its own poll of 96 Heisman voters and Randle El finished fifth in that sampling, only two votes behind Williams and 12 votes ahead of Dorsey. Randle El had garnered 10 first-place votes to Dorsey's two. It is conceivable that if Randle El and/or Williams finishes ahead of Dorsey when the results are finalized on Friday, both would likely be invited to the ceremony.
Randle El, who has already earned his degree, has re-written the Indiana and NCAA record books during his career. He becomes the first IU player to be named Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Year since tailback Anthony Thompson earned the distinction in 1988 and again in 1989. Randle El has rushed for more yards (3,895) than any quarterback in NCAA Division I-A history and in 44 career games passed for 7,469 yards and 42 touchdowns and rushed for 3,895 yards and 44 scores.
The Riverdale, Ill., product also finished fifth on the NCAA Division I-A total yardage list with 11,364 yards and is the only player in major college football history to record 2,500 total yards in four consecutive seasons. He is the first player in NCAA Division I-A history to pass for 40 touchdowns and score 40 touchdowns and finished his career with 42 touchdown passes and 45 touchdowns rushing and receiving. He is also the only Division I-A player to pass for over 6,000 yards and rush for over 3,000 yards in a career.
Randle El finished 20th in the 1999 Heisman Trophy voting and was 13th in 2000.
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