The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll, 11/3

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.
 
HP’s Thoughts
 
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.

About Heismanpundit

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10 Responses to The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll, 11/3

  1. Jorge M. November 3, 2009 at 7:02 am #

    And Ryan Mathews continues to put up good numbers. Heisman or no, he still continues to impress. I pray that his pro career proves just as fruitful as his college one, minus the injuries.

  2. UTAlan November 3, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    Good to see Colt moving his way back up the list. Hopefully he can maintain his recent performances over the remainder of the season and earn this award!

  3. Steven Starkweather November 3, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

    Ugh, not a single vote for Mathews? Jacquizz Rodgers has been good this year but he’s not really any more impressive than Toby Gerhart and I don’t see the Stanford love on here (not saying they deserve it, it’s just an equivocation) if you’re going to start touting Pac 10 backs. I love Boise State and truly believe they belong in a BCS Bowl but Kellen Moore is not the most impressive player in the world. He’s a good QB but let’s not get carried away. Watch him and then vote for him, don’t just read his numbers and vote for him. Case Keenum, on the other hand, looks better to me every time I see him. I’m drinking the Kool-Aid on that one. I just wish ‘Bama would divide the carries more evenly so that the Ingram hype would recede a bit. Ingram is, at best, marginally better than Trent Richardson. Not more talented (he’s not) but more disciplined.

  4. Jason November 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm #

    The most dominate player is keenum by far, Ingram and McCoy behind. Tebow should be out of the race. System quarterback or not Keenum’s number are far and beyond anyone! UH is on it’s way to be a dominate program. Coach Sumlin is doing a great job! This heisman vote shouldn’t even be in question.

  5. Andy November 4, 2009 at 8:51 pm #

    All the folks who are pulling for Keenum. He just put up 5 TDs on Southern Miss…why is that impressive? They have solid wins over 1 decent and 1 mediocre BCS conference oponent. If you want to win the Heisman you should be highly discounted for playing a schedule that includes Northwestern State, UTEP (loss), Tulane, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulsa, UCF, Memphis and Rice. That’s a stat stuffer schedule. How many BCS QBs would put up ridiculous numbers with those 9 teams on the schedule? There strength of schedule is terrible (actually, right up there with Boise State and its overly hyped QB).

  6. JUSTAFAN November 5, 2009 at 7:50 am #

    Colt is rated WAY TO HIGH for this year. Last year, yes, this year, NO WAY. The best individual stats on Texas this year belong to Jordan Shipley, by far. Voters, PLEASE vote on 2009 stats, not past reputation otherwise you will make a mockery of the award. Bottom line, use common sense, not politics, to judge the winner.

  7. Chad November 6, 2009 at 2:16 pm #

    Until you have Case Keenum at #1 the entire award is a joke. And those of you voting are making a mockery of yourselves.

    Watch Keenum’s games or check the stats against Okie State and Tech and compare them to McCoys. No contest. Watch the game at Miss State and compare to Tebow. No contest. Watch the game at Tulsa and compare to Kellen Moore. No contest. Pick any of those players’ cupcake games and compare to Keenum against Southern Miss (who had the 24th ranked D in the nation). Booyah. Sorry fellas, pull your heads out…this year THE DARK HORSE RIDES.

  8. John November 8, 2009 at 7:05 pm #

    No mention of CJ Spiller? Gotta be in top 5 now.

  9. Mytake November 9, 2009 at 7:16 pm #

    Case Keenum is the best.

  10. NOCASE November 10, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    If they start awarding the Heisman for best High School player, Case Keenum of Houston Cougar High will be a shoe in. Any team that loses to UTEP should not be in top 25.