Five for New York!

Five finalists means a very close race…here they are:

Colt McCoy

Mark Ingram

Toby Gerhart

Tim Tebow

Ndamukong Suh

From the official press release:

NEW YORK, December 7, 2009 –   Tim Brown, the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner from Notre Dame,  announced the finalists for the 75th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Award live on ESPN’s 6pm edition of SportsCenter. Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, Alabama running back Mark Ingram, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow were revealed as the five contenders for the award.

All five finalists will be invited to New York for the live Heisman Announcement on ESPN Saturday at 8pm EST presented by Nissan. This is the first time five finalists were invited for the presentation since 2004.

Gerhart would be Stanford’s second Heisman winner since Jim Plunkett won in 1970. Since returning from a knee injury that halted his season in 2007, Gerhart has dazzled on the field.

This season the senior has 311 rushes for 1,736 yards and 26 touchdowns. Gerhart is the second player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Right now, he is second on Stanford’s all-time rushing list with 3,182 yards behind Darrin Nelson, who finished his career with 4,033 yards. Gerhart leads the PAC-10 in rushing yards and touchdowns.

Ingram is looking to take home Alabama’s first Heisman Trophy award. The sophomore powered through SEC defenses all seasons to be the top rusher in the league. This season he rushed for 1,542 yards on 249 attempts with 15 touchdowns.

He is the first Crimson Tide to be invited to New York since quarterback Jay Barker attended in 1994. The previous year wide receiver David Palmer finished third, which is Alabama’s highest showing in the Heisman race.

McCoy is a repeat finalist finishing second to Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford last season with 1,604 points. He would be the third Heisman winner from Texas joining Earl Campbell (’77) and Ricky Williams (’98) and the first quarterback to win.  McCoy has won 45 games in his collegiate career the most in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivsion history.

The senior is 330 of 468 attempts for 3,512 yards and 27 touchdowns. He has also produced on the ground rushing for 348 yards and 3 touchdowns. McCoy leads the Big 12 in total yards with 3,860. He was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year this year. For the second straight year, two finalists will face each other in the BCS Championship as McCoy will go up against Ingram.

Suh attempts to become only the second true defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy. Charles Woodson of Michigan accomplished that feat in 1997. He is the first defensive tackle to be invited to New York since Warren Sapp of Miami attended in 1994.

The senior and 2009 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year holds Nebraska season records for interceptions by a defensive tackle (2), interception returns for touchdowns by a defensive tackle (2) and a career record for interceptions by a defensive tackle (3). He will be the Cornhuskers fourth Heisman recipient behind Johnny Rodgers (’72), Mike Rozier (’83) and Eric Crouch (’01).

Tebow attempts to become the second two-time Heisman winner following Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975.  Last year, Tebow finished with 1,575 points- the most for a third-place finalist.

The senior capped off his incredible career this season leading the Gators in rushing with 859 yards and 13 touchdowns. He eclipsed Herschel Walker Southeastern Conference record for most career rushing touchdowns this season (56). In the air, Tebow has completed 182 passes out of 279 attempts for 2,413 yards and 18 touchdowns.

The Heisman trophy is awarded to the most outstanding college football player in the United States as determined by 870 media representatives, 55 living Heisman winners and one overall fan vote through a partnership with Nissan, Heisman’s presenting sponsor.

“This has been an extraordinary year for college football and the Heisman race,” said Robert Whalen, Executive Director of The Heisman Trophy Trust. “We anticipate the announcement of the newest member to the elite Heisman Fraternity and continuing our celebration of 75 years of tremendous Heisman History.”

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37 Responses to Five for New York!

  1. JMB December 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    Tebow getting invited is purely for hype and ratings, when the voting totals come out he will be a distant 5th place finisher to the big 4. Had he finished 6th in the voting they wouldn’t even have invited 5 players.

  2. Geoff December 7, 2009 at 4:18 pm #

    Tebow….really?! Sad, sad, sad.

  3. Anonymous December 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    Gerhart has better stats than Ingram. Gerhart should win. Remember voters should look at the season NOT the body of work (McCoy/Ingram should NOT win)

  4. Leland December 7, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    I’m a Longhorn and I’m actually rooting for Ndamukong Suh to win. It would restore a lot of credability that the Heisman realy is given to the “most outstanding” player.

  5. Shane December 7, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    The “sad” thing is Tebow (or even McCoy) should have won it last year. Not this year though.

  6. JohnnyRocket December 7, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    If their was ever someone who is what the Heisman really represents it is Ndamukong Suh.

    He is what the award was designed and represents the real true meaning of what the award means. He has made the most impact on the team in this season of any of the others listed.
    He should get it hands down, None of the others have had as much of a impact as he has done this season it is not even close!

  7. Anonymous December 7, 2009 at 4:42 pm #

    HP when are you going to give your pick as promised?

  8. HWH December 7, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    FIVE “finalists”, but no CJ?? Extremely disappointing and very unfair, IMO.

  9. JMB December 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm #

    “FIVE “finalists”, but no CJ?? Extremely disappointing and very unfair, IMO.”

    Touchdown Jesus: Southern Edition had to have one more moment in the limelight where everyone involved can worship him before he gets cut to pieces by Satan’s Advocate Mel Kiper on draft day.

  10. Stephen December 7, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    If any of Ingram, Gerhart, or Suh win it I would be happy. Tebow and McCoy got invited more as a career honor even though they both had “decent” seasons (just not the best this year). Tebow has almost no chance at winning it, but if homers like the heisman pundit get McCoy to win it that would be terrible.

  11. Tyante December 7, 2009 at 6:12 pm #

    “Suh attempts to become only the second true defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy. Charles Woodson of Michigan accomplished that feat in 1997.”

    Woodson was not a “true” defensive player as he returned kicks and lined up at WR at times in 1997.

  12. DruggyBear December 7, 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    oh joy, Tebow will be there. one last chance for the media to slobber over the “best college football player ever” who couldn’t win his conference his senior year and broke down in tears. not to mention he won’t even be drafted in the first round of the NFL draft….

  13. DruggyBear December 7, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    if Gerhart loses it will be west coast bias, plain and simple! I dare you to tell me that an SEC or Big Ten player w/ his numbers wouldn’t run away with the Heisman!

  14. Anonymous December 7, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    HP you can’t tell us your vote after the award is given out. Come with it.

  15. Anonymous December 7, 2009 at 7:15 pm #

    stiffarmtrophy.com has HP as voting like so:

    Toby Gerhart #1
    Colt McCoy #2
    Ndamukong Suh #3

  16. Brad December 7, 2009 at 7:16 pm #

    After watching all of these candidates multiple times this season, Ndamukong Suh simply stands head and shoulders above the rest, and not for just his size. The guy is the most outstanding player in college football because he maximizes each down. What he did against Texas was no fluke. I believe his numbers are better than last year and his impact on each game was simply HUGE!! Best player in college football, as proven on the field. Week, after week.

  17. Anonymous December 7, 2009 at 7:32 pm #

    Brad, Suh is unreal but had the identical regular season as he did last year. Sorry but it’s true!

  18. Anonymous December 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm #

    McCoy might not win, but it wont be because he is not deserving, I’m sure it will leave plenty of motivation for Pasadena! No matter what happens, thanks for a great four years! HOOK’EM

  19. Batman December 7, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

    Toby Gerhart deserves the Heisman Trophy. If anyone every truly represents the Heisman it is Toby Gerhart!

    He is the epitome of the Heisman Trophy. He had the best season of all the finalists. He carried the team on his back. Not only this, but he is also above a 3.0 while taking 21 credit hours and is a standout on the Stanford baseball team! He has done more and meant more to his team than any of the others listed.

    He by far and away get this trophy. The others are all great players, but none even come close to Toby Gerhart!

  20. Eric December 7, 2009 at 8:06 pm #

    Is this a typo or a slip?

    He WILL BE the……

    Quote from press release “He will be the Cornhuskers fourth Heisman recipient behind Johnny Rodgers (’72), Mike Rozier (’83) and Eric Crouch (’01).”

  21. Anonymous December 7, 2009 at 9:01 pm #

    Has to be would be. He can’t win IMO…

  22. Chad December 7, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    1. Ingram
    2. Gerhart
    3. Suh
    4. Tebow
    5. McCoy

    Both Gerhart and McCoy would crap in their pants if they had to face SEC defenses every week like Ingram. Does anyone seriously think Gerhart would have his stats if he played in the SEC? Seriously? Sure, he’d still be a great RB, but come on. Plus, Stanford lost 4 games, so how much of an impact could he have really had people? Without him, they would have lost 5, 6, or 7 games? So that’s Gerhart’s resume…”without me, my team would be crappier than it already is.” Nice. Ingram could have had 2,000 yards rushing if Saban didn’t rotate RBs and take Ingram out in a lot of games. Unlike McCoy…he didn’t rack up his stats against the weak sister teams and then fade in the “big” games against teams with defenses that had a pulse. Speaking of McCoy…honestly…3 INTs and one of the most stupid plays I’ve ever seen that nearly cost TX the game…THAT is his lasting image? Did those two pooch punts impress voters THAT much? Cause that’s all that guy did all night…outside of getting sacked and throwing INTs. If only he could play against the Tx A&M defense every week.

  23. jason December 7, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    i honestly think neither ingram nor gerhart would get 100 yards if they faced nebraska next week. and i don’t think tebow would have great stats either.

  24. Anonymous December 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    The Heisman is going to go to Colt McCoy. Are Heisman voters really going to judge Colts performance in the Big 12 Championship game against one of the best defenses in the country? I could almost assure you that if Moore, Tebow, Keenum had played in that game, they would have struggled just as bad if not worse. So even if you were to judge him on the basis of that performance, dlook who came up on top. It was sloppy but Colt led his team again to arguably the biggest game of his career, taking him to the championship game.

    Heres my little take..

    In reality, it just so happens that the only two contenders who really have a shot at winning this award is McCoy and Ingram. Ingram’s performance in the Iron Bowl and McCoy’s performance against Nebraska have almost canceled each other out. There is nothing ‘extraordinary’ about the stats that Ingram has put up this year. I have a hard time even agreeing with the people who say that he is a consistent back let alone the best player on his team. Look at the past running backs who have won the Heisman. The last that I can remember is Reggie Bush. He put up MONSTER stats that year for a USC team who was very successful. Not an 8-4 Stanford team who gives Gerhart the rock every other possession. The 2000 rushing yards plateau is what Reggie Bush accomplished and that should be a minimum stat for running backs in the contention for the hardware. Both RBs aren’t even close and you’re telling me that an Ingram or Gerhart are giving Colt a run for his money? If you look at what McCoy has done for this Texas team for all four years, it is very overwhelming. He was snubbed last year and you must ask yourself do you really see him getting a runner up two years in a row, by a sophomore who is likely to win the award next year? I agree with the critics who say Suh, Ingram, Gerhart, should win the trophy, but for all the critics out there saying that Colt McCoy doesn’t DESERVE it? Give me a break.

  25. sandymex December 8, 2009 at 7:15 am #

    DruggyBear said:
    “if Gerhart loses it will be west coast bias, plain and simple! I dare you to tell me that an SEC or Big Ten player w/ his numbers wouldn’t run away with the Heisman!”

    In the BCS era…
    The Pac 10 has 3 Heismans and 1 BCS champion
    The SEC has 1 Heisman and 5 BCS champions

    If you consider every team and every year in-conference as an opportunity to win a Heisman…
    The Pac 10 has had 45.9 chances/Heisman
    The SEC has had 94.7 chances/Heisman

    The Pac 10 has benefited more than ANY conference from regional biases. Compare Gerhart to Willis McGahee (who finished 4th for Miami). McGahee had more yards, more TDs, more yards/carry on an undefeated team.

  26. Chad December 8, 2009 at 8:18 am #

    McCoy would win if it was a career award. It’s not. I’ve seen McCoy in his two “big” games of the season…OU and Nebraska. He looked awful in both games. I don’t care that he puts up big stats against nobody teams. Case closed.

    Gerhart has had a great season…I just don’t think he’s played the competition Ingram has. Plus, Gerhart has a much larger % of his yardage coming against the 3 worst run defenses he faced than Ingram. In other words, Gerhart padded his stats against weak sister teams to go along with one, truly impressive game (Oregon). Sorry…anything against ND doesn’t count as impressive. Plus, USC had their worst team in a decade. But I like watching Gerhart play…I’d put him 2nd or 3rd on my list. Suh is a great player, but if I’m wrong, someone correct me. Was Saturday the first game all season that he’s had more than 1 sack? I’ve seen plenty of defensive players the past 20 years that were better than Suh and they weren’t in the Heisman race.

  27. Leland December 8, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    Let’s change the Heisman to a career award!

    Wups, sorry. my burnt orange took control of the keyboard for a second. Really, in terms of the Heisman actually going to “the most outstanding player” of the year, it has to be Ndamukong Suh.

    Game in, game out, every game, the entire year. He’s the most outstanding.

  28. kevin December 8, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    the fact this site has TCUin 2nd and a link to the Obama pundit page makes me question their credibility.

  29. kevin December 8, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    the fact this site has TCU in 2nd and a link to the Obama pundit page makes me question their credibility.

  30. Bob December 8, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    The fact that you mention politics on a football website makes me question your inteligence.

  31. Bob December 8, 2009 at 11:11 am #

    For the person that says USC had a bad D this year.. What about last year? Toby ran all over them when they had 3 first round picks at linebacker.

  32. Bryan December 8, 2009 at 11:33 am #

    Chad- The thing you’re wrong about is Toby’s competition and the comparison to Ingram. Avg rushing D rank Ingram faced: 67. Avg rushing D Toby faced: 58. So, on average Toby faced tougher run D’s. Against the three weakest- Toby had 25% of his yards, Ingram had 20% That hardly qualifies as a “much higher percentage.” # of top 60 rushing D’s Ingram faced: 6. # of top 60 rushing D’s Toby faced: 6 (just missed 7 with UCLA rushing D at 61). Why top 60? Half-way point of 120 teams. Use another metric if you like. Yards and TD’s against top 60 rushing D’s: Ingram-924 yards, 7 TD’s; Gerhart-881 yards, 15 TD’s. Bottom line: Toby faced defenses of comparable quality, ran for more yards, and scored significantly more TD’s. People need to actually look at the stats.

  33. Josh December 8, 2009 at 11:35 am #

    I think all of these guys are great contenders for the award but my decision would go to Colt McCoy. Reason being, he is a leader…when his team is having a bad game he steps up to the plate and gets the win. The whole point in the Nebraska game was to get his kicker within field goal range to kick a field goal and win the game and he did just that. The whole argument about the play clock..if you watched the game it was OBVIOUS that they still had time on the clock, you would have to be blind or biased to refute it. SUH is an outstanding defensive player and I think Alabama would have struggled with Nebraska’s defense just as Texas did. All of these players are great and whoever gets the award kuddos to them. I think the national title between Alabama vs. Texas is going to be a great game for both teams and YES I think the BCS made the right selections. When TCU has a few more undefeated seasons like Texas and Alabama have in the past then maybe they will get their shot..who knows? I think Texas, once again, will take the title as the underdogs!!

  34. Chad December 8, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    Check the number of carries Gerhart had against their 3 weakest run defenses and then look at the number Ingram had against the 3 weakest Bama faced.

    Run defense rankings are a little misleading anyway. If my defense plays a bunch of passing offenses, then my “run” defense will probably look pretty good. I don’t think any reasonable person would argue that the SEC doesn’t have the toughest defenses, top to bottom.

  35. Marty December 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    Suh should be the winner. No one has been able to stop him all year. If you don’t think he’s the real deal I give you 2 thoughts; 1. Mel Kyper has him set for #1 in the draft and 2. he’s the best all around football player. If you don’t believe that just ask the Longhorns that had to block him and Colt McCoy. McCoy almost ended up in the cheap seats after one of his sacks. The only problem is the committe for the Heisman forgot what the Heisman is all about: THE BEST PLAYER IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL, not the best offensive player. If Nebraska would have had any kind of an offense, Texas wouldn’t be playing Alabama for the title.

  36. Ingram4Heisman December 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    All you Awbard reject redneck retards need to get a life and quit bashing perhaps the best running back in the country in Mark Ingram. You are all just jealous that Bama is so successful this year while your pathetic team sucks the big one! Get over it and get a life! Mark Ingram 4 Heisman!!!!!! Roll Tide Roll!!!!! #22 all the way!

  37. TBONE December 8, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

    To Chad at 9:34PM Dec 8, 2009

    Absolutely Gerhardt would have his stats playing for Alabama against SEC defenses and then some. You obviously have not watched the guy play week to week to say that.