The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll, 11/10
Total Points with first place votes in parantheses
1. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama–55 (9)
2. Case Keenum, QB, Houston–29 (1)
3. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–28 (2)
4. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–24
5. C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson–16
6. Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford–11
7. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska–8
8. Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame–7 (1)
Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State–7
10. Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas–6
11. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame–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.
Mark Ingram appears to be in firm control of this race after his 144-yard rushing effort in the Tide’s win over LSU. This means he’s on track to win the Heisman as long as he finishes strong and doesn’t slip up against Florida in the SEC Title game. However, keep an eye on Colt McCoy of Texas, who is making a late run for the trophy. I see the race as being between these two candidates, though as many as five players could be invited to New York for the award ceremony.
From a Voter
“Julio made the highlight reel, but for the fourth or fifth game in a row, it was Ingram piling up yards when ‘Bama had to have them–especially with Greg McElroy continuing to struggle. Yes, Tebow and McCOy had nice games, but they’ve lacked the consistency of Ingram, who in my mind is consolidating his grip on the award.” — a Heisman voter.
Heisman Game of the Week
No. 1 Florida at South Carolina–The Gators haven’t been the same offensively this season. As a result, Tebow’s numbers have decline markedly and now he needs a jolt to kickstart his campaign. A stellar performance against a good South Carolina defense would do just that. However, a poor outing would, for all intents and purposes, bring his run for a second Heisman to a close. If history is any guide, I wouldn’t count him out just yet.
Player to Watch
C. J. Spiller, Clemson–Spiller is coming off a school-record 312 all-purpose yards against Florida State and now he’s beginning to make some noise in the Heisman race. He is as spectacular a player as there is in college football. He is on pace to become one of just five players to crack the 7,000-yard career mark in all-purpose yardage and he’s just one kickoff return touchdown away from the owning the NCAA career mark in that category. If he puts together some more games like he had against FSU and Clemson wins the ACC, look out.
This Week in Heisman History
Ron Dayne rumbled 31 yards off right tackle to break Ricky Williams’ one-year-old NCAA career-rushing record, part of a 216-yard effort by the senior tailback in Wisconsin’s 41-3 win over Iowa in 1999. He went on to handily beat out Joey Hamilton and Michael Vick in the 1999 Heisman voting. Dayne’s final total of 6,397 career rushing yards still stands today.