Tim Tebow at Florida, Colt McCoy at Texas, Sam Bradford at Oklahoma and … Jonathan Dwyer at Georgia Tech.
The first three players are on most folk’s watch lists for the Heisman Trophy. Dwyer has popped up on some lists as a darkhorse candidate.
I got to sit down with Dwyer, last season’s ACC player of the year, for a few minutes last week for an abbreviated version of the Q&A’s we’ve been running this summer.
AJC: Which running backs do you like to watch?
JD: Growing up, as a kid, Walter Payton. But now, in this new era, Adrian Peterson of the Vikings and LaDainian Tomlinson.
AJC: What about those guys do you like watching?
JD: Adrian Peterson has a lot of style like Walter Payton. He’s powerful and once he touches the ball he’s going full speed at you the whole time. If youre in his way he’s going to run you over. If he can’t run you over he’s going to run around you and make somebody make a big play.
AJC: You are being mentioned as potential Heisman candidate this year. There are three quarterbacks that are everyone’s favorite right now. Have you practiced the Heisman pose in the mirror?
JD: No. Maybe as little kid growing up. I’ve never even thought about it. Just taking it slow and enjoying college and enjoying hanging out with these guys and having fun with them.
AJC: I don’t know if you look at ajc.com, I hope you do. We had a story that Phil Steele left Tech out of the top 25 all together, which surprised me considering the number of starters you have coming back. Why do you think that is?
JD: Everybody thinks that the offense isn’t going to work now because everybody’s been preparing for it. But I mean you still have to respect us like any other team. Each and every week anybody can have a good week.
That’s probably why. But we don’t keep contact with all that ranking stuff. I know coach Johnson definitely doesn’t. I think there’s time for us to look at and use motivation for the season.
AJC: Who hits hardest on y’all’s defense?
JD: It’s a tie between a lot of guys. This crew can lay the wood on anybody.
Defensive line, it’s Derrick Morgan.
Linebackers. A bunch of people, from gladiator, Brad Jefferson, Cedric Griffin, AT Barnes and Sylvester.
Secondary, Burnett, Reece and Tarrant.
Who knows what these young guys can do once the season and games start up.
AJC: In the ACC?
JD: Who is the hardest hitter I ever had in the ACC. I don’t know.
My freshman year it would probably be Chris Long. Besides him I would say some guys from Clemson.
AJC: What’s the dumbest question you’ve been asked by a reporter? And you can’t include any of these.
JD: Probably from high school, I guess what school I would go to, constantly over and over, repeatedly.