In college football there is no bigger individual prize than the Heisman Trophy. Of the last ten winners, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, Sam Bradford, Mark Ingram and Carson Palmer are starting in the NFL with Matt Leinart, Troy Smith and Tim Tebow as backups. It’s expected that last year’s winner, Johnny Manziel will be the top drafted QB whenever he comes out as he won it as a freshman.
To win the award it takes a very special player and a school willing to back them up. Not just on the field, with a campaign that would rival most congressional runs. Pushing to get the player media coverage, television time and anything else that might make voters think of their player when it’s time to cast their ballot. There is even an unconfirmed story that former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann changed the pronunciation of his name from “theese-man” to “thi-z-man” to rhyme with the trophy. Theismann has denied this.
With Manziel already having won and going into his sophomore season, other candidates may be worried that a normal campaign and good play won’t be enough. The folks at Kent State have turned to a comic book artist alum to help them out. A new comic series has debuted on twitter in support of running back Dri Archer and his push to win the Heisman. https://twitter.com/Dri4Heisman is the official page for the “Dri Archer for Heisman Campaign” and it debuted The Archer on August 13th.
Chuck Ayers, illustrator on “Funky Winkerbean” and “Crankshaft”, was brought in by the athletic department to assist in promoting the Golden Flash running back. The plan is to do a weekly strip showing The Archer (Dri Archer’s alter-ego) taking down the mascot of the opposing team. So we might be seeing such villain-of-the-week as The Flame (Liberty), Nittany Lion (Penn State) and The Zip (Akron). Good thing they don’t play the Ohio State Buckeyes as I can’t see much drama in the Archer fighting a poisonous nut.
Now if Kent State really wanted to get Archer some attention from the geek culture, they’d try and get him a guest appearance on Arrow… seems like a natural fit.