The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll, 11/24/09
Total Points, (with first-place votes in parantheses)
1. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama–58 (10)
2. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–40 (1)
3. Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford–33 (1)
4. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–20
5. C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson–13
6. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State–9
7. Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame–7 (1)
Case Keenum, QB, Houston–7
9. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska–3
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State–3
11. Jeremiah Masoli, QB, Oregon–1
Dexter McCluster, RB, Mississippi–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.
It looks like this twisting and turning race has finally come down to Ingram and McCoy. Whichever of these two can finish strongest will win the Heisman. While Gerhart, Tebow and Spiller aren’t in position to take the top prize, they can still influence the outcome based on how they close out their seasons. To wit: A vote for Gerhart or Spiller could be a vote otherwise meant for Ingram, while a vote for Tebow might’ve gone for McCoy. This one is going down to the wire and could be the closest Heisman race since 2001.
Heisman Game of the Week
Texas vs. Texas A&M–The nation will tune in to the annual battle between the Aggies and Longhorns while stuffed on turkey and mashed potatoes. It’s the only college game on Thanksgiving Day, so McCoy will have the Heisman spotlight to himself. He’d better get off to a fast start in this one before the tryptophan kicks in.
Player to Watch
Mark Ingram–Mr. Ingram, get ready for your Heisman close up. While McCoy takes center stage on Thursday, the big game on Friday will be between Auburn and Alabama. Heisman ballots have been sent out, so many of the voters will be taking a close look at Ingram for the first time. If they like what they see, he’ll be set up to clinch the Heisman one week later against Florida in the SEC title game.
This Week in Heisman History
Playing with two broken ribs on his 23rd birthday, Auburn’s Bo Jackson ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns…all to no avail as the Tigers lost, 25-23, to Alabama on a last-second, 52-yard field goal by Van Tiffin in 1985. Jackson would go on to win the Heisman by the smallest margin ever–a mere 45 points over Iowa’s Chuck Long.