"Super soph. Second in the WAC 100-yard dash last spring. Has everything, speed, size and moves. Epitome of the all-around back in terms of speed for the outside and hitting ability for the inside. By his senior year, he could be the most wanted of all time."
Or perhaps since Marinaro and Pruitt. That pair seems to be competing this year for more than the rushing title, for they are turning the Heisman Trophy derby into a two-man sprint with their continuously bewildering stats.
It is no secret that Marinaro, far more than the newly prominent Pruitt, is thinking Heisman. "Sure, I'd like to win it," he says. "But I feel like I have to keep gaining 200 yards a game while everybody else drops down to 100."
Until at least a few runners do that—drop off and give the statisticians a rest—or until these stars move into the NFL, the biggest question of 1971 will apparently have to go unanswered. Are the runners really this good, or is it a combination of the system and the circumstance?
It could, of course, be both.