The Heismanpundit Heisman Poll, 10/6

This Week’s Poll Results, 10/6
(points, plus first-place votes in parantheses)
 
1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–52 (7)
 
2. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–48 (3)
 
3. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame–31 (2)

4. Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati–24

5. Case Keenum, QB, Houston–11

6. Jacory Harris, QB, Miami–8

7. A.J. Green, WR, Georgia–7 (1)

8. Tate Forcier, QB, Michigan–4

9. Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford–3

10. Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame–3

11. Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota–2
Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State–2

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.
 
From a Voter

“They may not have the most eye-popping numbers to date — especially since they’ve played one less game than a lot of the other contenders — but Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy are running the best teams and still performing at a high level.  Tony Pike is in that same category.  The numbers of Jimmy Clausen and Toby Gerhardt are just too significant to ignore, even if the overall team success hasn’t quite validated either Notre Dame or Stanford as among the nation’s elite.  But then, both players will have chances for signature games soon enough, especially when Clausen stares down the USC defense in a couple weeks.” — a Heisman voter.
 
Heisman Game of the Week
 
No. 1 Florida at No. 4 LSU.  High stakes here, as always.  The Tigers might be Florida’s biggest obstacle to an undefeated regular season.  So will Tebow play or won’t he?  That is the question.  If he plays and leads Florida to a victory, it will add another chapter to his amazing legacy and his end reward could be that elusive second Heisman.  If he doesn’t play, or performs poorly in a loss, then his Heisman hopes will fade considerably.    
 
Player to Watch

Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford.  Who would’ve thought the top running back on the West Coast might end up coming from the other side of the San Francisco Bay?  The 6-1, 240-pound Gerhart is fourth in the nation in rushing and embodies Stanford’s newly-discovered, blue-collar style under head coach Jim Harbaugh.  With no other running backs in the race, Gerhart could make a late-season run at the trophy. 
 
This Week in Heisman History

Quarterback Jim Plunkett completed 19 of 31 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown (a 50-yarder to tight end Bob Moore) as No. 12 Stanford upset No. 4 USC in 1970, ending the Trojans’ 25-game regular-season unbeaten streak.  Plunkett later beat out Notre Dame’s Joe Theismann for the Heisman and then led the Indians to a stunning 27-17 win over undefeated Ohio State in the 1971 Rose Bowl.

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14 Responses to The Heismanpundit Heisman Poll, 10/6

  1. Anonymous October 7, 2009 at 5:33 am #

    They may not have the most eye-popping numbers to date — especially since they’ve played one less game than a lot of the other contenders — but Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy are running the best teams and still performing at a high level.
    THIS IS NUTS! CHOSE A HEISMAN WINNER BASED UPON PRODUCTION, TODAY, NOT ON YOUR PERCIEVED IDEA OF WHAT HIS

  2. JUSTAFAN October 7, 2009 at 5:40 am #

    They may not have the most eye-popping numbers to date — especially since they’ve played one less game than a lot of the other contenders — but Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy are running the best teams and still performing at a high level.
    THIS IS NUTS! CHOSE A HEISMAN FRONT RUNNER/WINNER BASED UPON PRODUCTION, TODAY, NOT ON YOUR PERCIEVED IDEA OF WHAT HIS
    STATS MAY BE AT SEASON’S END. EXAMPLE:USING STATS FOR QB’S, McCOY IS PROBALBY THE 3-4TH RATED PASSER IN HIS CONFERENCE. PLEASE DO NOT VOTE FOR A HEISMAN WINNER BASED ON PERCEIVED STATS, LAST YEAR’S STATS, VOTE ON WHAT THEY ARE AND HAVE DONE THIS YEAR OR STOP VOTING.

  3. Matt October 7, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    JustAFan, I couldn’t have said it better myself. I said before the year started I have ZERO respect for the Heisman award anymore because they will do everything they can to get McCoy the heisman this year. If that is the case it will be more of a college career achievement than anything else. So far against VERY WEAK competition Texas has played nobody and McCoy still only has 9 TD’s and 5 INT’s. Not great numbers for the leading candidate. I will say it now if Tebow doesn’t play against LSU he needs to be dropped from the discussion. The biggest game of the year for UF and he doesn’t play?

  4. juan mercado October 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    evry thing in u.f.is about tim tebow if he dont play this weeking.he dont need to be the heismantrofry. let someone elas taket. the media is puting to much in his head.

  5. Daniel B October 7, 2009 at 8:46 pm #

    Hey HP, do you know how long Dez Bryant is out for?

  6. Daniel B October 7, 2009 at 8:52 pm #

    Also, what do you think of NCAA’s ruling? Pretty stupid if you ask me

  7. Cody October 7, 2009 at 9:54 pm #

    Great to see AJ get a little bit of recognition. I would love to see him get a trip to NYC next year.

  8. D-dog October 9, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    The year is being set up for McCoy, don’t kid yourself. Tebow won two years ago, Bradford won last year, let’s bring back the real the Heisman and not a recourse for “who didn’t win last year”.

  9. BobZybach October 10, 2009 at 9:54 pm #

    It was good that Gerhart was the “Player to Watch” this week. That way Watchers got to see JaQuiz Rodgers, and his brother James.

    Maybe this is the year the Heisman can go to brothers.

  10. Jason October 11, 2009 at 6:30 am #

    Come on Clausen over Keennum, give me a break the Cougars are 4-1 and he threw for 536 yard in the loss! Just wait till next years when he’s a Senior I guess? Notre Dame would get stomped by UH! I agree with Pike and Mccoy, but I dont think Tebow should still be number one, Florida’s team is great because of Defense.

    Just think you should look at Keenum a little harder!!

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