HeismanPundit.com 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 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.
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 of HeismanPundit.com 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.