The Heisman Poll, 12/1

The Heisman Poll, 12/1/09
Total Points, with first-place votes in parantheses

1. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–58 (7)

2. Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford–47 (3)

3. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama–28 (1)

4. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–24

5. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State–13 (1)

6. Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame–10 (1)

7. Case Keenum, QB, Houston–7

8. C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson–5

9. Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas–2

10. Jeremiah Masoli, QB, Oregon–1
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska–1
Jacqizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State–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
Colt McCoy has finally done what voters have been expecting of him all season and, as a result, this Heisman race is now his to lose.  If he can lead Texas to a win over Nebraska on Saturday, he’ll become the third Longhorn Heisman winner and just the fifth player to win after coming in second the year before.  Should McCoy slip up in a loss to the Cornhuskers, Toby Gerhart is in position to take home the Pac-10’s first trophy by a non-USC player since fellow Cardinal Jim Plunkett won it in 1970.
Heisman Game of the Week
No. 1 Florida vs. No. 2 Alabama–This game will feature a former Heisman winner (Tebow) and a former Heisman front runner (Ingram).  While both of these players are now longshots to win the 2009 trophy, the SEC title game could have a profound effect on the outcome of this race, as both will draw significant support when the ballots are tallied.  At the very least, this game provides one last chance to appreciate one of the great players in Heisman history in Tebow. 

Player to Watch

Colt McCoy, Texas–As it turns out, the player many thought was the preseason favorite to win the 2009 Heisman (including HP) has actually lived up to the expectations.  Not only has he produced another excellent season, but he has led his team to the brink of a national title berth.  Through it all, McCoy has handled the pressure as well as anyone possibly could.  His reward will be to go down as one of the great players in college football history.

This Week in Heisman History

A total of 65 voters ballots were cast for the inaugural Heisman Trophy, awarded to the University of Chicago’s Jay Berwanger in 1935.  Actually, at the time it was not called the Heisman. The Award was the Downtown Athletic Club’s Trophy to the Outstanding College Football Player East of the Mississippi River. In October of 1936, John Heisman, then the DAC’s Director of Athletics, passed away and the Award was named in his honor.

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28 Responses to The Heisman Poll, 12/1

  1. Anonymous December 1, 2009 at 3:38 am #

    It all comes down to how McCoy performs against Nebraska.

  2. philnotfil December 1, 2009 at 11:06 am #

    I feel bad for Gerhart that he doesn’t get another game to remind the voters how good he is. McCoy, Ingram, and Tebow all get one more Saturday in front of the voters, even if they don’t outperform what Gerhart did last week, he did it last week and there will be voters that put those three on their ballots because those are the three they watched play on Saturday.

  3. JUSTAFAN December 1, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    PLEASE look at the facts: Keenum versus MCCoy. Colt, this year, based on his 2009 production, pales in comparison to Kennum. Is this becoming a career award instead of a one year award? It certainly appears it is leaning that direction.

  4. Anonymous December 1, 2009 at 12:51 pm #

    No, it’s more of a “you carried your team” award and without McCoy, Texas wouldn’t be close to playing for a championship.

  5. Ed December 1, 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    Change the name of the award to “The Heisman Offensive Trophy.”

    The BEST FOOTBALL PLAYER is on defense, and wears number 93 for Nebraska: Ndamukong Suh.

  6. Anonymous December 1, 2009 at 4:18 pm #

    Buddy, Suh had a very comparable year to Lamarr Houston. Houston was better IMO!

  7. Geoff December 2, 2009 at 1:22 am #

    Suh stands out on Nebraska, because he’s the only “great” player on the team…but like Anonymous sad above, players like Lamarr Houston aren’t far off at all.

  8. sandymex December 2, 2009 at 11:56 pm #

    Now HP claims than NEITHER candidate from the SEC can possibly win. Now that’s the worst kind of regional bias!

    All 6 computer polls have the SEC #1
    The SEC has the undefeated #1 and #2 teams and one will play for the championship
    Both UF and Bama have legit Heisman candidates
    Both have the game of the year still to play before voting concludes

    Heisman winners by conference in the BCS Era:

    BCS Championships:

    Top Conference (Sagarin):

    The south has produced 7 BCS champs and has had the #1 conference 7 times, but only has 1 Heisman winner? With regional bias like HP, it’s no wonder!

  9. HP December 3, 2009 at 2:19 am #

    Oh cripes, Sandymex. I hope you are joking. The reason Ingram and Tebow won’t win (I never said both can’t win), has nothing to do with their region and a lot to do with the kind of seasons they have had.

    The reason the SEC only has one Heisman winner is that the SEC, until recently, has had lousy offenses in this decade. Then Meyer got to Florida and Tebow had his crazy year and, voila, he wins a Heisman.

  10. Mike December 3, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    Regional bias has nothing to do with it. Think about it logically. Tebow and Ingram are going to split votes in the South region (which is the only region that would consider them worthy). CJ Spiller will take some of those votes as well. Of the three, Spiller is the only one with a legit claim, but he plays for an average team, and that pretty much eliminates him.

    Gerhart is having a monster year, but again, average team. This award has become the “best player on a championship contender award.”

    Colt should’ve won the Heisman last year. If Texas hadn’t gotten hosed by the voters, HE would’ve romp Mizzou in the Big XII Championship and won the trophy.

    Keenum won’t win because he’s considered a system QB. If we just went by stats, Texas Tech QBs would win every year.

    Suh is a fantastic player, but defense doesn’t win Heismans unfortunately. His prize will be a HUGE contract when he goes #1 overall in the draft.

  11. Anonymous December 3, 2009 at 10:44 am #

    There are 3 criteria for winning the Heisman:

    1) Put up excellent numbers.
    2) Play for a championship caliber team
    3) Irreplacable to your team

    The only player that meets all 3, Colt McCoy. These aren’t the official criteria, but we all know this is how it is.

    Texas without McCoy is not in the championship picture. Tebow meets 2 and 3, but does not have excellent numbers. His candidacy is based on media adulation. Ingram meets 1 and 2, but we found out against Auburn that he is not irreplacable.

    The other candidates are missing pieces to the puzzle as well.

    It’s unfortunate, but this is the way it is.

    McCoy will win the trophy unless Texas loses to Nebraska.

  12. sandymex December 3, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    HP –

    If the southeast has such “lousy offenses”, why has it accounted for 7 of 11 BCS champs?

    Here’s just a partial list of recent great offensive candidates:
    Darren McFadden
    Michael Vick
    Rex Grossman
    Eli Manning
    Ken Dorsey
    Tim Couch
    Joe Hamilton
    Tim Tebow 2008 (most first-place votes)
    Tim Tebow 2009 (if HP gets his way)

    Let’s look at a candidate from the southeast that’s comparable to Gerhart:
    Willis McGahee 282-1753, 28 TDs, 2108 total
    Toby Gerhart 311-1736, 27 TDs, 1903 total

    McGahee finished a distant 4th on a 12-0 team while you claim Gerhart can win it by sitting at home on an 8-4 team. Most of the country recognizes the importance of the Florida-Alabama game in the Heisman race. Too bad your regional bias keeps you from doing so.

  13. Kblue December 3, 2009 at 5:18 pm #

    By any individual measure, Toby Gerhart has a superior case than Mark Ingram. Period. Watch him blow up this corner from ND and carrt the entire secondary on his back. He runs for almost as many yards on this play as Ingram had in the entire Iron Bowl. Including Ingram as a contender at this point is a joke:

  14. Craig December 3, 2009 at 10:28 pm #

    McCoy is good. Keenum is amazing.

    It’s not Keenum’s stats that should net him the Heisman, though obviously they are the best in the country. It’s the fact he has led his team down the field and won the game in the game’s FINAL MINUTE 3 TIMES THIS SEASON. Houston is 10-2 and playing at 11am on ESPN2 for the conference championship, and really it’s all because of Keenum. He is so clutch it’s uncanny.

    Colt McCoy has been terribly inconsistent this year. He threw for 195 yards against Tech (Keenum had 435), 171 against Oklahoma State (Keenum had 366), 127 against Oklahoma, and 181 against Baylor. If Texas didn’t have a top 5 defense, they would be in a world of trouble. Conversly, Case Keenum has had only one game below 300 yards this year (a 38-15 Houston win).

    McCoy has only played 2, count them 2 teams with a pass defense ranked above 70th! Keenum is doing twice as well as McCoy against the same level of pass defenses, and Keenum has only had to play the first half in several games this year. If it were about stats, in the last 2 weeks he could have run them up against Rice and Memphis. He didn’t because Sumlin is a classy coach who realizes that that’s not what you do – so he sat out the second halves, along with most of the other starters.

    Give the award to the guy having an amazing year, not to the guy who has underperformed all year long.

    KEENUM TOTALS: 4,922 passing yards, 38 passing TDs, 6 INTs, 4 rushing TDs, 70.55% completions, 8.43 yards per attempt, 11.95 yards per completion, 160.76 passer rating

    MCCOY TOTALS: 3,328 passing yards, 27 passing TDs, 9 INTs, 2 rushing TDs, 71.76% completions, 7.7 yards per attempt, 10.74 yards per completion, 152.93 passer rating

  15. Anonymous December 4, 2009 at 2:16 pm #

    I just think it’s kind of funny that all anyone talks about when they say Mark Ingram until last weekend was what beast he was. Then one game happens in which the entire defensive strategy that Auburn ran was to stop Ingram and everyone just forgets the rest of the season he had.

  16. Anonymous December 4, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

    “Colt McCoy has been terribly inconsistent this year. He threw for 195 yards against Tech (Keenum had 435), 171 against Oklahoma State (Keenum had 366), 127 against Oklahoma, and 181 against Baylor. If Texas didn’t have a top 5 defense, they would be in a world of trouble. Conversly, Case Keenum has had only one game below 300 yards this year (a 38-15 Houston win).”

    How has he been inconsistent this year? Why not refrain from commenting on games that you clearly didn’t watch? The TX-Baylor game was 40-0 at half time, is McCoy supposed to come out and throw 35+ more times when the game is over? The same can be said about the Oklahoma State and the Texas Tech game.

    It’s amazing how most of you apparently don’t know shit yet feel you’re opinion is worthy of anything other than being laughed at.

  17. Chuck December 5, 2009 at 3:25 pm #

    Toby Gerhart should win the award. It’s not his fault he plays in a conference without a championship game this weekend. When he got to Stanford they were 0-11. Because of him they won 8 games and are bowl bound.

    Here are his stats-

    * #1 in FBS in Rushing Yardage at 1736
    * #1 in FBS in Touchdowns at 26 (new Pac-10 record)
    * #1 in FBS in carries of 10 yards or more (50 carries)
    * An amazing 83% conversion rate on 3rd or 4th down
    * Has compiled his statistics against 11 teams from BCS-conference schools and against seven teams that were ranked in the Top 25 at some point in the season.
    * Is averaging a national-best 200.3 yards per game against ranked opponents this season.

  18. Ingram? December 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    “How has he been inconsistent this year? Why not refrain from commenting on games that you clearly didn’t watch? The TX-Baylor game was 40-0 at half time, is McCoy supposed to come out and throw 35+ more times when the game is over? The same can be said about the Oklahoma State and the Texas Tech game.

    It’s amazing how most of you apparently don’t know shit yet feel you’re opinion is worthy of anything other than being laughed at.”

    Cough. Well, don’t you feel retarded now.
    Texas Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int
    C. McCoy 20 36 184 55.6 5.1 8 50 0 3

  19. The Biscuit December 6, 2009 at 2:23 am #

    McCoy and Tebow proved today that they don’t deserve consideration for the most outstanding player award. They’re only being considered because of pre-season hype and team record. McCoy played horribly in the biggest game of the year, and almost cost his team the NC with his casual ‘leadership’ on the final drive. Tebow was terrible in the SEC Championship, and shouldn’t even be at the ceremony given his mediocre year. If he wasn’t so ‘Golden Boy’, he wouldn’t even be considered.

    If this award was truly about the most outstanding PLAYER, both Golden Tate and CJ Spiller would be at the ceremony, and one of them would win. It’s neither player’s fault that they didn’t have a supporting cast (in Golden’s Tate, he didn’t have a defense on his team), and they’re both human highlight reels with ridiculous stats, and they always came up big in big situations this year. McCoy? Not at all. Tebow? Not so much.

    Ingram, Tate, Spiller, Gerhart should be invited. Tate or Spiller should win.

  20. CAM December 6, 2009 at 11:10 am #

    How can Ingram win when Gerhart has better stats? Seems clear now that McCoy and Tebow are out of the picture. Gerhart should win, as I can think of no argument that would put Ingram or Spiller ahead of him. Stats are stats and no one has better stats than Gerhart.

  21. Old Man December 6, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    I agree stats are stats which is why Gerhart should not be in the top 3. Afterall, the top 8 defenses he went against are ranked, at season end in overall defense, 12,21,32,38,42,50,70, and 73. Not a top 10 among them, and only 1 in the top 20. And, by the way, 4 losses. By contrast, Ingram saw (and with the exception of number 51 Auburn consistantly torched) defenses that at year end ranked 4,14,15,16,24,28,51 and 63. Heck, Gerhart’s schedule is almost like letting a good back play against the Washington State defense…oh wait….

  22. Anonymous December 6, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    “The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” Those words are straight out of The Mission Statement for the Heisman Trust. It has nothing to do with wins in the season. IMHO, there are many deserving candidates including Spiller, Gerhardt, Ingram, Tebow and McCoy. However, the player who is heads and above the rest played defensive tackle; a position that is difficult to garner attention thus he probably won’t win. Ndamukong Suh (#93, Nebraska) almost single handedly beat Texas with 4.5 sacks, 12 tackles, a pass break up and 2 QB hurries against the #3 team in the country (that also has the #3 scoring offense in the country). This was accomplished with double and triple teaming, holding on nearly every play and two chop block attempts (resulting in penalties). He is an unstoppable force on the defensive line; not even Warren Sapp was as dominant. I sat in amazement last night in front of the television watching this beast swat away offensive lineman like pesky flies and throw McCoy to the ground like a rag doll.

    If Suh doesn’t win the Heisman, than it is clear that the Heisman has lost its luster. It will obviously have become nothing more than a popularity contest for the best quarterback or running back in the country. That would be sad….

  23. Bill December 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    I agree with what the previous post stated.

    If Suh doesn’t win the Heisman this year, then it is just and award for Quarterbacks and Running Backs and will lose its luster. I mean, the leading WRs in the nation aren’t even getting mention. They rarely (if ever) do.

    To say that Tebow is a better football player than Suh is this year is a travesty. Tebow sure didn’t look all that special against Bama.

    And Colt McCoy? In his head to head matchup against Suh, he passed for 189 yards, ZERO TDs and THREE INTs.

    Suh, on the other hand had 11 tackles, 4.5 sacks with 7 of them being tackles for a loss.

    To me, Heisman winners should look like Heisman winners on the biggest of stages. No way was Colt the best player on the field last night.

  24. Diane December 6, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    I think that running for 100+ yards and receiving for almost 70 against the (former)#1 Gator defense, should put Ingram in the front for the Heisman. He did it all during the SEC Championship game. Just as he did against a tough SEC schedule all season. Plus, he shared duties with 2 other backs.

  25. Old Man December 6, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    I don’t disagree with the observations about Suh as a player. He is a heck of a player. But if the thought is that if the award goes to a quarterback, a running back, and an occasional receiver it has “lost its luster” that is old news. And, for what it is worth, there is some relationship between the “pusuit of excellence” and winning football games.

  26. JD Welsh December 7, 2009 at 9:06 am #

    I read on this site where some guys were comparing Lamarr Houston to Ndamakong Suh. Are you kidding me? The has like 30 more tackles, several more sacks, something like 9 or 10 pass breakups, plus a couple blocks. He is freak of nature and manhandled the Texas lineman. I like both schools but Suh is the real deal and is very much deserving of the Heisman.

  27. JUSTAFAN December 7, 2009 at 10:08 am #

    This should be one sure thing come this sat. Colt McCoy has no business being in N-York for the Heisman presentation, he has not earned it for this year. Nebraska made him look like a 3rd stringer on the Katy JV.

  28. Scott December 7, 2009 at 10:42 pm #

    This is it, Mark Ingram. It is that simple. Anyone who knows anything about football at all cannot dispute that Ingram is the one. Mark plays in the toughest conference and has set many records also. I believe all the Heisman candidates are very good. I have watched all the candidates play and Mark is the right pick. The toughest, roughest SEC conference. If the others had to play in the SEC conference they would not be anywhere close to being a contender. I know that is tough to swallow, but the truth is sometimes hard to swallow. Mark Ingram should be this years Heisman.