West Virginia fans know by now that Tavon Austin is easily the most dangerous player in college football. Anytime he touches the football, whether it be on offense or special teams, he is likely to turn it into six points.
As a matter of fact, Tavon is such an explosive player, he is statistically more likely to score a touchdown than any of the other leading Heisman trophy candidates. Take a look at how Austin ranks against the rest of the competition in terms of touches (rushes, receptions, passes, and kick/punt returns) per touchdown:
- Tavon Austin: 175 touches for 15 touchdowns. Averages a touchdown every 11.67 times he touches the football.
- Marcus Mariota: 378 touches for 32 touchdowns. Averages 11.81 touches per touchdown.
- Kenjon Barner: 239 touches for 20 touchdowns. Averages 11.95 touches per touchdown.
- Tajh Boyd: 493 touches for 41 touchdowns. Averages 12.02 touches per touchdown.
- Colin Klein: 429 touches for 34 touchdowns. Averages 12.61 touches per touchdown.
- Johnny Manziel: 528 touches for 38 touchdowns. Averages 13.89 touches per touchdown.
- Braxton Miller: 443 touches for 27 touchdowns. Averages 16.41 touches per touchdown.
When you look at how often a player scores when they have the ball in their hands, that is the most accurate way of determining the explosiveness of a player. It clearly shows how often (on average) you can expect a player to score when they are given the football. The most stunning part of this figure is the fact that the presumptive leader for the award, Johnny Manziel, is only 5th in terms of touches per touchdown.
Fans of other candidates may not like it, but you cannot dispute the statistics. Tavon Austin, statistically speaking is the most explosive player with the football in his hands.