This Week’s Poll Results, 9/29
(first-place votes in parantheses)
1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–57 (8)
2. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–55 (5)
3. Case Keenum, QB, Houston–37
4. Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati–20
5. Jahvid Best, RB, California–11
6. Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee–4
7. Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama–2
Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State–2
Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota–2
Ryan Williams, RB, Va. Tech–2
11. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame–1
Jacory Harris, QB, Miami–1
A.J. Green, WR, Georgia–1
About the Poll
The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll is made up of 13 Heisman voters from across the country. They vote for five players each week. Tabulations are made on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis, with five points awarded for a first-place vote, four points for a second-place vote and so on. Last year’s final Heismanpundit poll was the most accurate in the country, picking five of the top six finishers in the Heisman vote, including the winner.
Members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, Teddy Greenstein and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, Olin Buchanan and Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com, J.B. Morris of ESPN the Magazine, Austin Murphy, B.J. Schecter and Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated, plus Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News.
Chris Huston, owner of Heismanpundit.com, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.
With Jahvid Best and Jacory Harris absorbing major hits to their candidacies and Tim Tebow suffering a concussion, the race looks quite different than it did a week ago. Though Tebow still leads, Colt McCoy has surged back into a virtual tie with the Gator quarterback, while Houston’s Case Keenum has, for the first time, placed himself within striking distance of the top spot. The long view of the race still favors McCoy, though Tebow is benefitting from a short-term rallying effect due to his injury. A possible dramatic return versus LSU on Oct. 10 might decide Tebow’s Heisman fate.
From a Voter
“This Heisman race is much more wide open than I thought it would be. There are a lot of interchangeable parts, but I still voted Tim Tebow No. 1 because he played hurt — with a respiratory illness– and contributed one touchdown pass and two rushing touchdowns in less than three quarters as Florida cruised to an SEC road victory over Kentucky. The next two spots on my ballot are Colt McCoy of Texas, then Case Keenum of Houston– who has led his unbeaten, non-BCS team to a pair of wins over Big 12 schools.”– Dick Weiss, New York Daily News.
Heisman Game of the Week
No. 7 USC at No. 24 California. Last week, Best was sitting pretty in the Heisman race after moving into second in the Heismanpundit.com poll for the first time. This week, he’s just trying to survive after being a non-factor in Cal’s 42-3 loss to Oregon. The calculus for Best against USC is simple: If he does well and the Bears beat the Trojans, he’ll jump back into contention. If not, he’s finished as a Heisman candidate and we’ll go another year without a running back winner.
Player to Watch
Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati. Pike is starting to get some attention as he has led the Bearcats into the top 10 while completing 71 percent of his passes for 1,223 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first four games. He doesn’t have the kind of marquee schedule that lends itself to a serious Heisman run but, if Cincinnati remains unbeaten, he has a chance to get some solid backing as the main candidate from the Midwest region.
This Week in Heisman History
Michigan coach Bump Elliot called Navy quarterback Roger Staubach the “greatest quarterback I’ve ever seen” after watching him gain 307 yards running and passing (including two TDs in the air and one on the ground) in a 26-13 win over the Wolverines in 1963. The total broke “Roger the Dodger’s” own Midshipmen record set the week before against William & Mary. Staubach won the 1963 Heisman as a junior and was the last of five service academy athletes to take home the trophy.