Adding a Heisman Winner to Navy

This week saw the release of NCAA Football 2013, the much anticipated annual update to EA Sports college football video game franchise. As always the game features significant technical, graphical, and gameplay updates, and this year one of the most talked about features is the Heisman Challenge mode. In this mode players can add one of ten selected former Heisman..

Trophy winners to any 2012 squad and use their digital likeness to tear a path of destruction through this season's schedule.

So, with that in mind it is time to decide which of the ten legends of the game would be the best fit for the 2012 Navy Midshipmen.

The first thing to note when assessing the potential additions to the Academy roster is that EA have chosen to go with modern era players when selecting the available legends. Though the Heisman itself dates back to 1935, Marcus Allen (USC 1981) is the furthest back the company decided to go. This unfortunately means that Roger Staubach cannot return to Navy for another season. Also of note is that the options are only offensive skill position players (sorry Charles Woodson) with five quarterbacks, four running backs, and a single wide receiver.

When looking at a player to add to the offense there is no point in adding a piece which wouldn't fit the scheme. With the triple option Navy run this is even more important than it would be for passing oriented schools. Simply taking the offensive system into account we can rule out Desmond Howard (the WR), Carson Palmer (pocket passer), Charlie Ward (great athlete but not a great fit), and Andre Ware (unreal arm but a run and shoot guy). Already we are down to six .

That leaves two quarterbacks and four running backs to choose from. Doug Flutie and Robert Griffin III would both be good options. Flutie has enough moxie for ten players and was mobile enough to do some damage, while Griffin III was one of the best athletes to play quarterback in NCAA history and would be terrifying when he got loose in the secondary. Durability would be something of a concern for both however. The running backs all have skill sets which would transfer to the team, but of the four (Allen, Hershel Walker, Barry Sanders, and Eddie George) one stands out.

The Heisman Trophy Winner to add to this Navy team to take it to the next level is Georgia legend Hershel Walker. Walker had a blend of speed and power which was unique in its day and which would still stand up today, 30 years after he won his Heisman. Slotting Walker into the fullback role in the Navy attack would provide the team with a wrecking ball of a back who was a threat to run around and over defenders and could take the ball 80 yards in the blink of an eye.

So if you find yourself playing NCAA 2013, take this advice and make Hershel Walker a Navy Midshipmen. Top Stories