HeismanPundit.com 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 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 of HeismanPundit.com coordinates and also votes in the poll.
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, Rivals.com.
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.