HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll, 11/3
Total Points with first place votes in parantheses
1. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama–48 (6)
2. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–27 (3)
3. Case Keenum, QB, Houston–26 (1)
Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–26
5. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame–25 (1)
6. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State–14
7. Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame–8 (1)
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska–8 (1)
9. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State–6
10. Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee–3
Jeremiah Masoli, QB, Oregon–3
12. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon–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.
Being the only running back seriously contending for the Heisman has been to Mark Ingram’s benefit, as voters appear to be unable to settle on which quarterback should serve as the alternative to the Alabama sophomore. Tebow, Keenum, Clausen and McCoy are all at around the same level of support, but one of them will need to break the logjam to shake up the race. Can Ingram hold them off and become just the second running back to win the Heisman in this decade? We might have an answer after this Saturday.
From a Voter
“I think Clausen has had a Heisman-type season for Notre Dame and that’s why he’s No. 1 on my ballot right now. His stats are excellent and, more importantly, the Irish would be a mess without him. With him, they might make a BCS bowl. I think Jacquizz Rodgers is the best all-purpose back in the nation, while Case Keenum has been consistently dominant for Houston.” — Chris Huston, HeismanPundit.com
Heisman Game of the Week
No. 9 LSU at No. 3 Alabama–This game could determine Ingram’s Heisman fate. Put up big numbers in a win against the Tigers and he will be in the driver’s seat, headed for a Heisman showdown with Tebow and Florida in the SEC title game. If he gets bottled up, though, he’ll lose his current lead in the race and will need to finish out strong to have a shot at the Heisman.
Player to Watch
Kellen Moore, Boise State–The nation’s leader in passing efficiency has an outstanding 24-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio…and Heisman voters are beginning to take notice. Recent Heisman polls indicate a jump in voter support for the Boise State sophomore. He’ll have an opportunity to impress more voters in a nationally televised game against Louisiana Tech on Friday night. If he can lead the Broncos to a BCS berth, he could crack the top five in the voting.
This Week in Heisman History
Herschel Walker ran for 219 yards and three touchdowns–one of them a first quarter 30-yarder up the gut of the Gators defense–to lead Georgia to a 44-0 victory over Florida in Jacksonville on Nov 6, 1982. Walker, who gained 649 yards in three career games versus the Gators, went on to win the Heisman Trophy as a junior, beating out such luminaries as John Elway and Eric Dickerson.