“Did they tell him not to run the ball? Did they tell him just to pass the ball? I don’t know. Those mysteries there, in my opinion, were the reason he didn’t win the Heisman or at least have a good shot at it.”
Wyant firmly believes “he was the man” during the first four or five games of the season.
“They, for whatever reason, wouldn’t let him run the ball systematically and it could have been the coaches,” Wyant said. “They didn’t want him to stray out of the pocket for fear he might get hurt. But he was a moose.”
He also was impressed by Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein. But he noted that someone has a bad game and another have a good game.
A freshman, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M was elected to win the Heisman Trophy.
“When I was playing, there were a lot of real good quarterbacks, too,” Wyant recalled.
“Sonny Jurgensen and I have had conversations about people calling plays,” Wyant said, “instead of the quarterback. And he and I are of the same opinion.”
Wyant said Coach Art “Pappy” Lewis allowed him to call all of the plays for WVU after his freshman year.
“What I was proudest most as a player of was that the offensive line never once kept us from scoring a touchdown or making a first down,” Wyant said.