The Heisman Poll, 10/13 Heisman Poll, 10/13
(total points, with first-place votes in parantheses)

1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–50 (6)

2. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–35 (2)

3. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame–34 (2)

4. Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati–25 (1)

5. Case Keenum, QB, Houston–20

6. Ndamkong Suh, DT, Nebraska–11 (2)

7. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State–5
     Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech–5

9. Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee–3

10. Todd Reesing, QB, Kansas–2
     Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame–2

12. Jacory Harris, QB, Miami–1
      Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama–1
      Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech–1

About the Poll 

The 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.

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, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Bruce Feldman of, 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 of coordinates and also votes in the poll.

From a Voter

“If the award is for the most outstanding player in college football, you have to be awed by how dominating Ndamkong Suh has been this season. Other guys who become the default frontrunners due to their reps linger near the top and will be tough to beat in the end, but I’m going with Suh at this point. He’s made the Huskers a big deal again and he’s doing some things nobody at his position does. What’s really amazing is that you talk to coaches who go up against him and they focus on him so much in their game plans and he still makes plays.”– a Heisman voter.

Heisman Game of the Week
No. 3 Texas vs. No. 20 Oklahoma.  This could be where McCoy wins or loses the Heisman.  The voters will be watching closely to see if the Texas quarterback can recapture his magic from last season, when he finished second in the balloting.  While he’s been solid so far this year, he has thrown more interceptions and fewer touchdowns than many expected.  But if he plays well and leads Texas to a win, he’ll be hard to beat for the Heisman.  If he stumbles badly in a loss, however, he might have a hard time getting back to New York.

Player to Watch

Sam Bradford, Oklahoma.  Last year’s Heisman winner won’t repeat thanks to a shoulder injury that kept him out of the last three games, but he could still play the role of Heisman spoiler.  He showed few signs of rust in throwing for 389 yards in his return to action last week against Baylor, which augurs well for his matchup on Saturday against Texas and McCoy. If Bradford flashes the form that led to his record-setting season in 2008 and the Sooners win, he might even start appearing on some Heisman lists again.

This Week in Heisman History

Oklahoma running back Steve Owens rushed for 112 yards on 28 carries and scored four touchdowns, eclipsing the 100-yard barrier for the 14th-straight time, as the Sooners held off Colorado, 42-30, in 1969.  Late in the game, Owens broke the NCAA record for career rushing attempts (683) held previously by Wisconsin’s Alan Ameche.  He went on to beat out Purdue’s Mike Phipps to become Oklahoma’s second Heisman winner.

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10 Responses to The Heisman Poll, 10/13

  1. Don October 13, 2009 at 8:25 am #

    Tebow, really? I thought this was supposed to be based on performance, not celebrity or reputation. This season Tebow has been steady but not spectacular. 13 points against LSU? 23 points against UT? Please base your votes on this season to date, not what happened last year or the year before or what you think might happen the rest of the way.

  2. wrmsox October 13, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    Clearly this is not based on fact or statistics…… the top 3-4 spots would not be as you’ve laid out.

  3. Anonymous October 13, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    Jordan Shipley. He currently has 580 yards on 47 catches (12.4 ypc) and 2 punt returns for touchdowns with two more that were called back. I am a huge Colt McCoy and Texas fan, so it hurts a little when I say that J-Ship has been the best player on the Texas Longhorns and therefore should be in the Heisman race.

  4. Choco October 13, 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    About Tebow after LSU game: “He’s unbelievable,” said LSU linebacker Jacob Cutrera. “You have to keep your eye on him every play.”

  5. Turd Ferguson October 14, 2009 at 7:07 am #

    Really, you have to keep your eyes on the QB every play. Wow, that never occurred to me.

    I think Tebow is a great college player. He’s the leader of arguably the best team in the country. That doesn’t mean he’s the best player in the country, or the player who’s having the best statistical year, or even the most indispensable player in the country.

    He’s Derek Jeter (and I’m a Yankee fan). He’s a great player who brings more intangibles to a game than statistical dominance. The year he won the Heisman he had the statistics to back it up. So far this year he doesn’t. If other players have statistically more dominant years for top teams then I don’t think Tebow should win with lesser numbers because of his “intangibles”.

  6. Anonymous 2 October 14, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

    Tim Tebow Fla: 5gms, 165.9qb-rating, 55comps, 84 atts =65.5%, 777 tot yds, 155.4y/g, 9.2y/a 7tds, 2ints

    Colt McCoy Tex: 5gms, 149.2qb-rating, 184atts, 135 comps = 73.4%, 1410tot yds, 282.0y/g, 7.7y/a, 10tds, 6ints

    Jimmy Clausen ND: 5gms, 179.3qb-rating, 148att, 100comps =67.6%, 1544tot yds, 308.8y/g, 10.4y/a, 12tds, 2ints

    Tony Pike Cinc: 5gms, 159.9qb-rating, 174atts, 116comps =66.7%, 1493tot yds, 298.6y/g, 8.6y/a, 13tds, 3ints

    Case Keenum Hou: 5gms, 156.5qb-rating, 262atts, 183comps =69.8%, 2130tot yds, 426.0y/g, 8.1y/a, 17tds, 4ints

    Based on the numbers after 5 games, it looks to me that with 3 wins over BCS teams (Tech, OSU, and Miss St) Case Keenum ought to be front runner for the Heisman. His numbers are eye-popping compared to Tebow’s or any of the 4 other qb’s ahead of him. Poll is pretty biased if you ask me!!

  7. Anonymous October 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    I agree with the former voter. Suh is putting up crazy numbers. And the numbers don’t count how many plays he has made where it forced other team mates to make the takle. Seriously look at this guy and then look at passed DT’s or current ones. What he is doing right now boggels the mind. DT are not supposed to be able to do these kind of things.

  8. Scott Robinson October 18, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    Case Keenum for Heisman!

  9. Anonymous October 27, 2009 at 6:57 am #

    True Top 5 (no particular order):
    Case Keenum
    Ndamukong Suh
    Tony Pike
    CJ Spiller
    Jordan Shipley


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