Aidan Hutchinson and Hassan Haskins deserve Heisman consideration
Aidan Hutchinson set the tone for this team and this season when he decided to return. He didn’t need to. He would have been a first or second-round pick — easily in the 2021 NFL draft.
But his dad was a Michigan football legend, one who won championships and beat Ohio State. Hutchinson wanted to write his own legacy and did he ever this season.
There are still games to play but he’s already set the single-season sack record at Michigan with 13, including three on Saturday.
If there is a better player in the country, I’ve yet to watch him this season and he should absolutely get an invitation to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.
Hassan Haskins should get some consideration too.
The former three-star recruit who once played linebacker for the Wolverines was one of the few Michigan football players who stood out when U-M lost to the Buckeyes in 2019, and he carried the offense on Saturday.
Haskins and the O-line set the tone on the opening drive by converting a couple of third-and-short situations. They won in that scenario every time on Saturday.
Outside of Cade McNamara throwing an interception, Michigan football was perfect in the red zone and it’s because Haskins ran as a man possessed. The line flat-out owned Ohio State too but Haskins proved he’s as good as any running back in the Big Ten, maybe the country.
It’s not Kenneth Walker III that Ohio State defenders are having nightmares about. And C.J. Stroud, that other Heisman candidate, his nightmares will be about Hutchinson, who did as much as any single person to end Ohio State’s winning streak.