The Heisman Poll, 11/17

The Heisman Poll, 11/17/09
Total Points (with first place votes in parantheses)

1. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama–59 (10)

2. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–35 (1)

3. Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford–33 (1)

4. C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson–23

5. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–16

6. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State–14

7. Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame–6 (1)

8. Case Keenum, QB, Houston–6

9. Dion Lewis, RB, Pitt–1
LaMichael James, RB, Oregon–1
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska–1

About the Poll
The 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, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Bruce Feldman of, 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 coordinates and also votes in the poll.
HP’s Thoughts
After weeks of ho-hummery, the Heisman race is finally developing some intrigue.  Quarterback after quarterback has fallen by the wayside and now running backs Mark IngramToby Gerhart and C.J. Spiller have come out of nowhere to stake claims to the trophy.  While Colt McCoy remains a strong challenger, there’s now a good chance a running back will win the Heisman for just the second time this decade.

Heisman Game of the Week

No. 25 Cal at No. 17 Stanford–Most thought Jahvid Best would be the top Heisman candidate from the Bay Area.  Instead, it’s Stanford’s Gerhart making a serious run for the award, gaining 649 yards and scoring nine touchdowns in the last four games–three of them against ranked opponents.  If Gerhart keeps things rolling against the ranked Bears, he’ll probably be heading to New York.   

Player to Watch

Kellen Moore, Boise State–This year’s Heisman race has been a bit disappointing thanks to some lackluster quarterback play.  But count Moore as an exception to that sentiment.  The Boise State sophomore leads the nation in passing efficiency and has thrown 32 touchdowns versus just three interceptions.  He’s likely to log a top 10 Heisman finish this year and head into 2010 as one of the preseason favorites.

This Week in Heisman History

Doug Flutie executed play call “Flood Tip 55”, a 48-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to wide receiver Gerald Phalen with no time left, as Boston College squeaked by Miami, 47-45, in 1984.  Flutie went 34 of 46 for 472 yards and three touchdowns against the Hurricanes.  Contrary to popular belief, the amazing play was not what tipped the 1984 Heisman to Flutie, as most of the votes were already mailed in before the game.

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16 Responses to The Heisman Poll, 11/17

  1. Andy November 17, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    Still having trouble with the idea of a an excellent, but statistically not amazing sophomore (ingram), winning the Heisman.

  2. tigercpa November 17, 2009 at 11:57 am #

    Andy, totally agree.

    His yards after contact are strong, and Saban has allowed him to pad his stats a little, like this past week against Miss St. Bama up by 3 touches in the 4th, and Ingram is still running.

  3. Anonymous November 17, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    Mark ingram is the best canidate this year

  4. Bama Chris November 17, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    Mark ingram is the best all around back in the country

  5. Anonymous November 17, 2009 at 2:36 pm #

    “Mark ingram is the best all around back in the country”

    Remind me, what are his recieving and return stats?

  6. Anon November 17, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    Ingram is #3 on the team in receptions and we have an all world kick returner in JAvier Arenas so he doesn’t need to play special team. Mark leads the toughest defensive conference in rushing yards and is splitting time with another phenom (Trent richardson) who has 91 carries himself. That productivity. His YAC is incredible. Regarding “padding stats”, Mark was running early in the 4th because he has the most reliable hands of any of our backs (Tennessee not withstanding) and bust one wide open … not padding stats.

  7. Me November 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm #

    How about Toby Gerhart?

  8. Smarter than You November 19, 2009 at 12:32 am #


    Ingram had one carry in the fourth quarter against MSU. One.

    He has not “padded” his stats in the least this season. Start paying attention some, son.

  9. paul simon November 19, 2009 at 10:29 am #

    Toby Gerhart has more touchdowns and more rushing/receiving yards than any RB or WR in this season’s Heisman race.——Toby is the leading candidate in yards per game with 139.5.——Toby is averaging a national best 200.3 yards per game against ranked opponents.——He’s a Semifinalist for Maxwell, Doak Walker, Walter Camp and Pac-10 Player of the Year.——He is a Sporting News Mid-season All-American.——He holds Stanford records for single season rushing (1,395 yards), touchdowns (19), and yards in a single game (first 204 against Washington, then 223 against Oregon).——He has nine 100 yard games in 2009 and 17 in his career.——He is second in career yards at Stanford with 3,046.——He gained 125 yards against the 2nd best defense in the NCAA, Arizona State University (as of gametime 10-24-09).——Toby carries a 3.25 GPA as a Management, Science and Technology major.——Toby’s 2008 Stats: 15 TDs; 1,136 yards in 12 games (a Stanford record), eight 100 yard games, and an average 5.4 yards per carry.

  10. Groves November 20, 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    For anyone with commen sense, this is a simple answer….INGRAM…..Need I say more!?? ROLL TIDE!

  11. Greg November 22, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    No way Chase is not # 1 or # 2 in race. It is a joke that those other players are ahead of him. No other player, but Ingram is deserving.

  12. Dave November 22, 2009 at 8:10 pm #

    It’s over everyone – Colt McCoy won it on national TV last night. With McCoy nailing down the most wins by ANY starting quarterback EVER, not to mention being the undisputed character leader of an undefeated team and having incredible stats, it’s really impossible to NOT vote for him. Toby Gerhart? Give me a break – he’s had a few good games but if he’s so great why has Stanford lost so much?. Mark Ingraham? He’s having a good year, so what? Tim Tebow – well just compare the stats, and he’s one-dimensional because he can’t throw.

    Anyone who doesn’t vote for McCoy will carry around the guilt that they didn’t vote for the best quarterback in college football history, who will probably follow a similar path as Roger Staubach (character, discipline, success) into the NFL Hall of Fame. The voters know this, they just need some time to admit it to themselves. Once everyone gets past all this micro/nano analysis and see the big picture, The Heisman will have have Horns on it this year.

  13. David November 23, 2009 at 10:06 am #

    Hear is the deal, as far as all around athletes and who will make the biggest impact on Sunday’s and who is the most al around best college football player – C.J. Siller – no question. Humble, integrity, leadership, talent are just a few charcteristics that he excudes. Just look at this past week, he made it about the team, not him.

  14. dartx November 23, 2009 at 3:14 pm #


    Not everyone is in love with McCoy. Sure, he broke the record with most wins, but how many QBs have actually played four full years of college ball? Most NFL QBs haven’t even been in 40 college games.

    And McCoy has not impressed many this year. His numbers are good, but there are other QBs with better numbers, and Texas has only been challenged once this year, against Oklahoma.

    How did McCoy rise to the challenge? By throwing for 127 yds. That is why Ingram is in the lead, and rightly so. He steps up when the game is on the line. This year Texas is where they are because of the defense, not because of McCoy. And they have beaten only one ranked team all year OSU, which is going to lose their ranking after they get clobbered by OU next week. Alabama has beaten four ranked teams and they will soon have to play #1 Florida. Texas has to play yet another unranked mediocre team.

    McCoy’s numbers are good, but he plays some of the weakest defenses, whereas Ingram has played some of the toughest rushing defenses.

  15. Anonymous November 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm #

    Too bad that Dexter McCluster only played substantially in 4 games – accounted for over 900 yards (over 9 yards per touch). Great kid, active in community with kids – deserved better treatment than he got from Ole Miss coaches.

  16. Case Keenum November 23, 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    The Heisman should not be awarded just for playing quarterback at a school with the country’s best defense, especially when you have a terrible season like Colt McCoy. He has a 370 yard, 3 td, 1 int passing game against a terrible team and people want to crown him God-Emperor. Earlier that day, Case Keenum had 400 yards, 5 touchdowns and no picks in the FIRST HALF, then went and sat down as the Cougars rolled. The Heisman is for most outstanding college football player. Keenum is still it.