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 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.
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 Ingram, Toby 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.