How McCoy Can Win The Heisman

We looked at what Mark Ingram has to do down below, now here is a look at what Colt McCoy has to do–and what else has to happen–for him to win the Heisman.

Stats so far: 198 for 275 (72 percent) for 1,977 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 144.57 rating, 138 rushing yards, 1 touchdown.

Games to go: UCF, at Baylor, Kansas, at Texas A&M, Big 12 title game

Best Route to the Heisman:

1. Win out.

2. Average 280 passing yards and 2.6 TDs per game (with no more than four total interceptions) the rest of the way, while maintaining his completion percentage.  This would give him 3,377 passing yards with 28 touchdown passes and no more than 12 interceptions by the time of the Heisman vote.  Not spectacular, but good enough to win in this year’s race, especially given his name recognition and status as senior quarterback for a top-2 team.

3. LSU beats Alabama;  Ingram’s production falls off.

Possible Pitfalls:

1.   Texas gets upset.

2.  Ingram finishes strong, rendering McCoy’s performances moot.

3.  McCoy keeps throwing interceptions and looks lackluster the rest of the way.

Ingram may control his Heisman destiny, but McCoy is there to potentially pick up the pieces if the Alabama running back falls apart.  A favorable schedule the rest of the way seems to point to Texas ending up undefeated and McCoy finishing strong.  If Ingram slips up, McCoy is in the best position to capitalize. 


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7 Responses to How McCoy Can Win The Heisman

  1. Thomas November 4, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    He may suffer from the Andre Ware effect, but how can one deny the fantastic play by Case Keenum? 25 touchdowns, 412 yards passing per game, and 3,293 yards passing, first in FBS by more than 10% over second place Tyler Sheehan and more than 25% more passing yard than third place and the rest of the country. Ingram’s Tide only ranks 13th in rushing, while the team passing yardage comes in a low 98th in the nation–maybe if Alabama would pass more Ingram’s stats wouldn’t look so good. Same thing with Tebow leading Florida to a disappointing 89th in the nation in passing yards per game. A quarter back win the Heisman with such a poor showing passing? Please tell me no!

    Sure Houston passes more than other programs in the FBS, but their program isn’t as lopsided as let’s say Texas Tech. Houston is 69th in the country in rushing just behind ninth ranked LSU. Not great, but not as bad a focus as people would have you believe.

    Keenum runs an offense that puts up an amazing 563 yards per game–first in the nation. Tebow’s Florida 13th, McCoy’s Texas 31st, and Ingram’s Alabama 33rd. Keenum is the leader of the second highest scoring team in the nation only behind the Longhorns.

    Ingram doesn’t even deserve the hype he’s getting right now, he doesn’t lead the nation in total yard rushing (6th), yards per attempt (16th), or even rushing touchdowns (tied with Tebow in 26th place).

    Case Keenum has lead a Cougar team to a 7-1 record (only loss to UTEP he passed for 536 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions) and a unexpected ranking of 15th in the BCS. Alabama, Florida, and Texas have only met expectations. Keenum’s Cougars have suprised everyone.

    But more than any of those offensive statistics we ought to be looking at the defense. Florida, Texas, and Alabama are ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively on defense. Maybe this has something to do with their BCS rankings. McCoy sure didn’t help UT beat OU (127 yards passing, 1 TD, 1 INT). Houston’s 114th ranked defense has done very little driving the Cougars to 7-1. If it weren’t for the poor defense we would have Keenum #1 by far with the Houston being a BCS buster.

    Keenum beat USM with a last minute touchdown drive. Keenum put MSSU away in the forth quarter. Keenum finished a 95-yard forth quarter drive with the come from behind rushing touchdown with less than a minute remaining on the clock against Texas Tech. Keenum went into Stillwater and defeated then #5 Oklahoma State on forth quarter touchdown drives. Through stats or actions it is clear Keenum makes more of a difference to his team than any other player in college football hands down.

  2. Brent November 4, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    I dont understand how Mccoy can be in the best position to capitalize from an Ingram slip than Tebow. One of Ingram’s key games comes in a match up against Tebow and the Gators. Assuming both teams win out, wouldnt the winner of that game have the upper hand?

  3. Brent November 4, 2009 at 11:00 pm #

    Wow… that first sentence looks like I might have been hammered and typing… guess it’s bedtime.

  4. Eric November 5, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    Off topic. Does the Nissan Heisman Vote give 2nd, 3rd ect.. place votes as well as 1st?

  5. Texas Fan November 7, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    Add 470 yards and 2 tds to Colt’s numbers.

  6. Thomas November 7, 2009 at 10:40 pm #

    Add 522 passing yards and three touchdowns to Keenum’s numbers. …And another last minute come from behind victory.

    If Case Keenum doesn’t win the Heisman this year the trophy loses it’s credibility. Best player in college football, not best player on the best team. The man wills his team to victory despite the obstacles thrown in his way!

    Forget the hype Tebow, Ingram, and McCoy undeservingly get from the media. Don’t be a lemming. Keenum is the only logical choice of any informed voter.


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