The Heisman Poll, 10/20 Heisman Poll, 10/20
Total Points (first place votes in parantheses)
1. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama–48 (4)

2. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–45 (6)

3. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame–19 (1)

4. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska–14
5. Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati–13 (1)

6. Case Keenum, QB, Houston–11
7. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–10

8. Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame–9 (1)
9. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State–7

10. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State–6
Others Receiving Votes: Jacory Harris, QB, Miami–4; Matt Barkley, QB, USC–3; Dion Lewis, RB, Pitt–2; Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU–1; Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan–1; Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama–1; Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee–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, 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, 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.
HP’s Thoughts
We haven’t seen a Heisman race this wide open since 1989.  While Tim Tebow still remains a major factor, the willingness of voters to suddenly surge towards Mark Ingram illustrates their dissatisfaction over how the more established candidates are performing.  If Ingram can keep up his end of the bargain and keep playing at his current level, we will be set up for an SEC title game that could determine not only the conference title and one-half of the BCS title matchup, but also the Heisman Trophy.    
From a Voter
“Mark Ingram has emerged as the leader in my opinion because of he’s played so well, especially in the last three games. The Heisman goes to the most outstanding player and at this point I don’t see anyone who’s more outstanding. Great performances against good opponents impress me most, and he’s had big games against Virginia Tech, Mississippi and South Carolina.” — Olin Buchanan,
Heisman Game of the Week
Tennessee at No. 1 Alabama–Tennessee is one of two teams left on the Tide schedule with the kind of defense that can squash a Heisman run.  Expect the Vols to do all they can to slow down Alabama’s running game.  Also, keep an eye on Eric Berry, who might steal some of Ingram’s thunder with a stellar performance here.
Player to Watch
Mark Ingram, Alabama–The sophomore sensation has rushed for 558 yards in his last three games and is averaging nearly seven yards a pop on the season.  All eyes are now on him as he sets out to become Alabama’s first Heisman winner.  If the last half of his season is as productive as his first half, he has a real shot at it.  But can he handle the pressure of being the front runner?
This Week in Heisman History
USC senior quarterback Carson Palmer threw for a school-record 448 yards and five touchdowns on 31 of 42 passing as the No. 15 Trojans beat No. 14 Oregon, 44-33, in Eugene.  The performance catapulted Palmer into the thick of the Heisman race and he went on to become the first of three Trojan winners this decade.

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21 Responses to The Heisman Poll, 10/20

  1. Nick Cederlind October 20, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    None of these QB candidates have QB Todd Reesing’s numbers… Reesing has consistently thrown for more yards than McCoy and less turnovers than Tebow. Reesing doesn’t just belong on this list. He deserves to be moving up into the top 3.

  2. Travis October 20, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    Can somebody explain to me why Tebow is even in the top 5 for the Heisman this season? I don’t get it. He’s a great player who has been solid for a great team. But surely that’s not enough, lots of nice players are having solid years. How he has so much support for the Heisman this season is mind boggling. It cannot be justified. Anyways race is wide open, going to come down who performs well in big games.

  3. Jonathan October 20, 2009 at 3:30 pm #

    Tebow is in the top 5 because everyone is having solid years. There is nobody spectacular this year to become the default candidate, so many of the voters are going to go back to the player that they are comfortable with, the player that they “can’t go wrong” with.

  4. Roby October 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    Tebow won the Heisman as a true sophmore, then Bradford won as a redshirt sophmore. Ingram is now getting a lot of press as a true sophmore this year. Have we completely broken down the barrier where being an underclassman will not have any bearing on whether or not a player wins? Because I don’t feel like at any point when Ingram’s name was mentioned it was with the caveat that he was an underclassman.

  5. sandymex October 20, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    Reesing has more turnovers than Tebow and he just lost the Colorado game.

  6. Nellie Romer October 22, 2009 at 1:00 am #

    Hello? RYAN MATHEWS is the leading rusher in the nation. How can you possibly have overlooked him…..

    ( Don’t tell me nonsense like he’s in the WAC, that simply won’t cut the mustard.) Some of his biggest games were against ranked teams: Heard of Cincy? Boise State? Wisconsin?

    You need to take another good look and remove the East-Coast bias guys!!!!!

  7. leslie October 22, 2009 at 7:41 am #

    Case Keenum has better numbers than anyone, yet his name is rarely mentioned. why?

  8. Anonymous October 23, 2009 at 8:50 am #

    At this point in the season, the two best players in the country are Jacory Harris and Mark Ingram. The competition that these two Heisman hopefulls are facing is second to none!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Greg October 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    Come on Tony Pike and Clausen from ND…I think it should read Ingram and then Keenum…he is the best quarterback nation with a high team ranking.

  10. Greg October 25, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    sorry, my lap top went crazy. I was meaning to say the best quarterback in the nation.

  11. Alex October 25, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    For the 6 who voted for Tebow, are you Florida alums, getting paid by someone from there or just crazy. He had a horrible game on Saturday & frankly, he hasn’t looked good all season. He’s overhyped to me and I’m a Florida fan. UF is a good team & will be better once Tebow’s eligibility runs out. He’s not gonna make it in the NFL, the defensive guys are a lot bigger and faster. If he’s lucky enough to make an NFL roster, he’s gonna get crushed.

  12. stunned October 25, 2009 at 9:24 pm #

    Has nobody else heard of CJ Spiller???
    All he’s done is score a td of @ least 60yds or more in EVERY game this year, lead the nation in APY/game, & the ONLY other player in history with comparable numbers- Reggie Bush

  13. Timothy Teabow October 26, 2009 at 6:25 am #

    Christian Ponder is easily the best QB in the state of Florida…College and Pros.

    He deserves some love.

  14. JT Money October 26, 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    Golden Tate, CJ Spiller and Mark Ingram in that order. Tate is a ESPN Highlight every time he touches the ball. Tebow and McCoy are winners in popularity only.

  15. Ethan October 26, 2009 at 3:05 pm #

    F My arguments are not lazy just because you disagree. When a football player is mentioned or considered he should not only have good numbers but have a defining game, clausen doesn’t. By your same argument about clausen then should USC’s Barkley be considered? after all he’s undefeated & have played & won at Cal. Ohio St & at notre damned? What is clausen’s defining or signature win against a good team? The answer is he doesn’t have one. He lost to both USC & Michigan. Like said both USC & Michigan teams both have redshirt freshman QB’s & Both QB’s had better numbers than clausen. When all is said & done people will look at all the facts & determined that clausen is undeserving. Keep on thing in mind this is an individual award for a players that surpasses everyone else & who has rises above the rest. There are other players who are more deserving than clausen. I am 100% sure when all the dust settles that clausen will not be walking away with the Heisman.

  16. Walter Day October 27, 2009 at 6:14 am #

    Pike is not playing. Florida just did get by Miss.St.(UH killed them). Is there still doubt about the numbers? Case Keenam is MONEY and should be at the top.

  17. Jeff December 5, 2009 at 8:21 pm #

    McCoy and Moore are tje best qbs. Moore has 39 tds to only 3 ints! And he isn’t throwing 50+ like keenum. With less he does more. That kid is leading a good team and is way way underrated

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