Sure, he wants the Heisman Trophy, Brigham Young's Ty Detmer will tell you.
But if he does collect the nation's highest collegiate football honor two weeks from now, Detmer insists it will belong just as much, maybe more, to his teammates.In fourth-ranked BYU's 45-22 win over Utah last week, Detmer had five touchdown passes while becoming the first junior to throw for two seasons of 4,000 yards each (he has 4,309).
The Cougars (9-1) clinched the Western Athletic Conference crown with the victory, and this week Detmer added the WAC's Offensive Player of the Year award to the season's accomplishments. His mentor, LaVell Edwards, won Coach of the Year honors.
"I definitely think we put up the numbers to win it this year. We had a great year," Detmer allows. "But it's not just me doing the work; it's everybody combined.
"I think the biggest key to our offense this year is the offensive line. They take the challenge every week. I've had really great protection," he adds.
Detmer is in a tight race for the Heisman with the likes of Notre Dame runner Raghib Ismail, Colorado ball-carrier Eric Bieniemy, Houston passer David Klingler and Virginia quarterback Shawn Moore.
While Detmer demures, Edwards, usually a model of reticence, forcefully argues his quarterback's right to the trophy.
"I think he really deserves the Heisman. There's no question about that," Edwards said. "He's led (the Cougars) to the conference championship, and he's led them where they have a legitimate shot, going down to the wire, for the national championship."
Then, the 19th-year Cougar coach reminds you, there are Detmer's stats.In addition to being the first underclassman to pile up more than 10,000 career passing yards (10,121 so far), he has a 22-game streak passing for more than 300 yards.
"And he's never been left in the game to just build up his stats," Edwards adds - a possible reference to Klingler's NCAA-record 11 touchdown passes in Houston's 84-21 victory over lowly Eastern Washington, a Division I-AA school, last weekend.
Edwards says Detmer is one of the best, if not the best, of a stable of star-quality passers he has coached at BYU - including current NFL quarterbacks Jim McMahon and Steve Young.
"He's obviously right in the same category," Edwards said. "He's a great one, every bit as good as anyone we've had. He's so smart, and such a tough competitor."
Edwards will even go a step further, predicting Detmer will continue to shine in the pro ranks when he leaves Provo after his senior season.
"I know this, that if he gets with the right club, he can take them to the Super Bowl," the coach boasts.
But neither Edwards or Detmer like to have their heads in the clouds too long. They insist Utah State - which has won its last four games in a row, including last weekend's 51-45 victory over Pacific - will have their full attention this Saturday in Provo.
Detmer says it will be business as usual for him and his corps of talented receivers - he's not planning to do anything out of the ordinary just because it's his last chance to catch the Heisman voters' attention.
"If we haven't impressed them yet, then we aren't going to do it in the last weekend," he said. "We're just focusing on Utah State. . . . We're not going to go deep any more than usual or anything like that."
Utah State coach Chuck Shelton admits it's a heck of a way for his Aggies to end their season, playing a team that is ranked No. 2 in the nation for passing (446.2 yards per game) and total offense (561.9).
Nonetheless, he feels USU (5-4-1) has a shot - though he admits it's a long one.
"If we can keep their offense off the field . . ." Shelton mused. "(But) I wouldn't know how to stop them; no one does. They are the best team we will play. I think this is a better team than they had in their national championship year (1984)."