Okay, so maybe ESPNVille isn’t technically the name of Bristol, Connecticut – home to ESPN’s headquarters. Regardless, two of Pitt’s football stars in Dion Lewis and Greg Romeus will be visiting the company for a variety of promotional stuff. The visit is basically the kickoff to what will be known as the push for the Heisman. Associate AD E.J. Borghetti knows it will take a lot of winning for either to be considered for the award:â†µ
The Heisman winner has averaged 11.7 wins per year during this decade, according to Borghetti.â†µ
"The succesful (sp)formula for a Heisman winner is the following: you have got to produce, you got to be a skill player-apparently, I mean history plays that out, and you got to win."â†µ
"If the University of Pittsburgh is winning and Dion is producing, we’re going to have that type of opportunity to have him take a trip to New York in December (for the Heisman ceremony)."â†µ
Over on Cardiac Hill, I’ve already covered the fact that Romeus has little shot for any consideration for the award. Still, he’s Pitt’s best defensive player and the school likely wanted to have representation from both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.â†µ
Pitt, like other schools with a Heisman candidate, is doing this right by getting out in front of the media early. No one seriously expected Larry Fitzgerald to be a Heisman contender at the beginning of his sophomore season. By the time the school figured out he had a shot, it was mid-season before any real promotion effort had begun.