Derrick Henry beat out Christian McCaffrey for the Heisman Trophy this past Saturday, but the Stanford tailback may have the last laugh – at least at the next level.
That’s because Bart Scott believes that McCaffrey – not Henry – is the better pro prospect.
“I like McCaffrey better,” Scott said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I think (Heisman voters) was hating on the white tailback. Sometimes they don’t give them the credit. I think he’s the better all-around player. He does it all. Returns kicks, all-purpose yards – whenever you do something that has Barry Sanders in the same sentence, that’s saying something, man.”
McCaffrey had 3,496 all-purpose yards this season, thus breaking Sanders’ previous mark (3,250) that stood for 27 years. Nevertheless, Henry took home the Heisman hardware, finishing with 1,832 points – nearly 300 more than McCaffrey’s 1,539.
Scott feels that McCaffrey’s race, school and time zone all worked against him.
“Fifteen percent of the Heisman voters (put) in their votes before the (Pac-12) championship game,” Scott said. “What kind of crap is that, bro? I think the Heisman has become like the Pro Bowl voting. You just vote for the brand that you know, and you just say, ‘Okay, the media has been pushing the guy. He must be the best.’ And then you put the ballot in. If you break down the film, if you talk about a guy that impacts the game more, it’s (McCaffrey). I think people underestimate how good this guy was.”
And potentially how good he’ll be – regardless of skin color.
“Listen, when you look at the scouting report,” Scott said, “white guys (are) always described as heady players, smart, (deceptive speed, poised, high football IQ). Black athletes (are) raw (with) untapped talent. We got to stop doing this, man. The guy can ball. If you can ball, you can ball. Keep the race out of it, man.”