Regardless, History Will Be Made

No matter who wins the Heisman on Saturday, some sort of history will be made.

If Colt McCoy wins, he’ll become just the fifth player to win the Heisman after finishing second the previous season.  The four previous players to do so were Tom Harmon (’39-’40), Glenn Davis (’45-’46), O.J. Simpson (’67-’68) and Herschel Walker (’81-’82).

If McCoy takes second, he’ll join Davis (’44-’45), Charlie Justice (’48-’49) and Darren McFadden (’06-’07) as the only two-time Heisman runners up.

Of course, if Mark Ingram wins, he’ll become the first Crimson Tide player to win the Heisman.  But he could also become the first Alabama player to finish as high as second, too.

If Toby Gerhart wins, he’d be the first non-USC Pac-10 player to win the trophy since 1970 (when another Stanford player–Jim Plunkett–took home the award).  He’d also be the first white running back to win since John Cappalletti in 1973.

If Ndamukong Suh keeps gaining strength in the race and finishes in the top three, he’d be the first defensive lineman to do so since Hugh Green took second in 1980.

And Tim Tebow could be the first player since Herschel Walker to log three top-three Heisman finishes in his career.

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25 Responses to Regardless, History Will Be Made

  1. Eddie Cox December 7, 2009 at 7:41 am #

    I’m tired of ESPN/ABC announcers knocking Colt for his performance against the Cornhuskers. It’s not his fault that his receivers were rarely open against an awesome defensive secondary! It’s not his fault his lineman couldn’t hold Suh & Co. off of him! He pressed early, but settled down and took the hits. He came through as he’s down throughout his career. His body of work is Heisman quality!

  2. Ted Dintersmith December 7, 2009 at 7:56 am #

    I hope the voters give full credit to Toby Gerhart, both for his on-field and off-field accomplishments. He came up huge in every big game Stanford plays, is an outstanding scholar-athlete, plays varsity baseball, and is a modest, admirable person. IMHO, all the other contenders have major issues impairing their candidacies. McCoy was unimpressive against Nebraska and nearly cost UT the game with a really dumb next-to-last play. Ingram was completely shut down by Auburn and has underwhelming season statistics. And no one else in the field has a real chance. Anyway, I for one hope that the Heisman Trophy winner this year is someone with impeccable on-field credentials, and a great role model for the children following the sport and who it chooses to recognize.

  3. Shane December 7, 2009 at 7:59 am #

    They should knock his performance. Three INTs and zero TDs is not good at all. Plus the fact that he struggled mightily against the top three defenses he faced this season means his performance was not an aberration.

    On top of all that, he damn near made the biggest bonehead play in college football history at the end of the game.

  4. Chad December 7, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    If Colt McCoy finishes higher than 3rd, the Heisman is a joke. So basically this “analysis” comes down to the fact that voters in certain regions only vote for their “local” guy? Nice. Why is this award thought to be special given that fact? Before this past weekend, all you could hear from everyone was how it would determine the Heisman. Well, Ingram performed huge in the biggest game of the year, while Tebow and McCoy both flopped. Now, all of a sudden, this past weekend doesn’t matter as much as it did BEFORE the games were played? Come on. McCoy looked absolutely terrible against Nebraska…his best plays were pooch punts! LOL Gerhart “willed” his team to victory all season? What…did he take a 4 game vacation?
    Spiller deserves to be right behind Ingram…but he also flopped against a SEC defense that Ingram went wild against. Look at the COMPETITION these guys faced. Like I said before, just because a run defense is ranked highly doesn’t mean it’s a great run defense. It might just mean those teams play a lot of pass happy offenses that don’t run the ball well! Think voters!

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

  5. Chad December 7, 2009 at 8:20 am #

    And one more thing…if Saban didn’t rotate his RBs and he left Ingram in against the weaker teams on the schedule, Ingram could be pushing 2,000 yards rushing. So if someone doesn’t vote for him because Bama didn’t let him just rack up big numbers against weak teams, then McCoy is probably their man anyway. Look at how Ingram did against the defenses of Va Tech, South Carolina, LSU, and Florida. He excelled in that gauntlet…while McCoy flopped in his toughest tests. Anway, enough…the voting shouldn’t even be close if it was done fairly. If McCoy wins it, it will be worse than Woodson winning over Manning.

  6. Nick December 7, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    Gerharts the only one who earned it. The other three of the top four deliverd a CHOKE game in either of the crucial last two weeks. Gerhart earned the Heisman and deserves the award. Go Toby.

    Here just watch Gerhart for a few minutes here:

  7. ESPEEIN/NISSAN December 7, 2009 at 8:56 am #

    We believe the Heisman needs to go to one of the BCS finalist players because it will help with advertising during the BCS games….for example here’s Tim Tebow the 2009 Nissan Heisman Award Winner….see it makes more sense for us to have paid for the sponsorship if we reap those benefits. So, The networks broadcasting the games that also benefit from the advertising tend to up promote the guys likely to be in the BIG BCS games. It’s really a great system. And the heisman voters don’t know any better because they just vote based on what they’ve been fed by the networks. Very nice all around. Hello bags n bags of money.

  8. Lola December 7, 2009 at 9:00 am #

    No, the Heisman is a pure award not influenced by advertisers or the networks. It’s entirely about the best individual player in college football. You pessimists will try to say it’s tainted by the networks and the advertisers but the NISSAN heisman award is just about talent. Right. Yes. Go.

  9. Lola December 7, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    Oh, I almost forgot. Colt McCOy sucks the big one. What a total gag of a game. What a joke if McCoy receives this award. Criminal Corrupt and Crappy is all that describes it. McCoy Sucks.

  10. Ronald Reagan December 7, 2009 at 9:05 am #

    Just watch Toby Gerhart at the link above. See what you missed out on.

  11. Bear B December 7, 2009 at 9:16 am #

    Even tho Ingram had 22 yards vs Auburn last week he’s still the best. He averaged 0.9 yards per carry and left the game with an OWEEEEE.
    22 yards against another “awesome” SEC defense is great. So, give it to this guy the 22 yard guy. SEC rules.

  12. Bear B December 7, 2009 at 9:18 am #

    At this point do the SEC players actually have to attend class? I only know how it used to be. It’s sort of a waste of time for these guys.

  13. Dave December 7, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    Ingram is only the second best back on his team. Bama would have won without him. Oh wait, they did…

    Gerhart and Suh are studs, but they lost 4 games each.

    McCoy never lost. And without him we would not be playing for it all. Or have 45 victories with him…

    So cry all you want, Colt may not win, but he doesn’t sit out with a boo boo and he doesn’t lose four games…

  14. Anonymous December 7, 2009 at 10:20 am #


    All the McCoy haters are so pathetic. It’s an award for the season not one game!

    Give Suh the player of the week and meanwhile Colt will take home the heisman for being the most outstanding player of the year!

    Now go get your shine box.

  15. Vic December 7, 2009 at 10:59 am #

    Colt McCoy: Last two season is 25-1 as a starter having beat, Ohio St., Oklahoma (2x), Arkansas, Missou (2x), Ok St (2x), Nebraska, among many ohters.

    THIS YEAR, McCoy is:
    * 13-0 record;
    * 70% passing completion;
    * became the ALL-TIME winnest QB in major football history -that’s over 100 years folks;
    * has beaten 6 teams ranked at least once this year;
    * had a 175yard rushing, 300+yd pass game (one of only three QB’s EVER to do that; and,
    * 8 games over 250 yards passing;
    * 5 games over 300 yards passing;
    * 1 game over 400 years passing;
    * 3.3 yards rushing ave. on 111 attempts;
    * 152.93 passer rating all year;
    * accounted for 308 yards total offense PER GAME;
    * 18 passing plays of 30+ yards with longs of 88, 78 and 68 yards.
    * 2 (two) 40 yard rushing plays (65 and 43 yards).

    Plus plenty more stats… HEISMAN worthy for the entire season… last time I checked the Heisman is not a one game trophy… it’s a season long award!

  16. Josh December 7, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    Colt McCoy will be a College Football HoF’er no doubt.

    He saved the best for last going 13-0 this season and 25-1 past two seasons. Should win the Heisman trophy this year.

    Voters are smart, they know how hard it is to be consistant and a winner. McCoy is an all-timer! a Winner.

  17. anonymous December 7, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    I don’t understand the McCoy hatred, he plays with every fiber of his being, it’s obvious. I actually think Ingram is an awesome player and has a strong character, he always helped other players get up after plays and was never cocky. Tebow didn’t have the most terrific season, but he is also an outstanding player that led his team to 2 national championships. Gerhart is a badass as well. The guy looks like a freaking train running over defenders.

    Seriously though, when you criticize other team’s candidates, you are voiding your own opinion. Nobody is going to listen to someone who says “Colt Sucks!” and then you post a video of Gerhart running. Get real. Besides McCoy already won! : )

  18. Solon December 7, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    I am curious as to which fool started the “Ingram isn’t even the best back on his team” meme. Seriously, it’s just bloody stupid.

    Ingram averaged 6.2 ypc this season. Richardson averaged 5.1 ypc…always AFTER entering the game later, and fresh.

    Ingram averaged 10.7 yards per reception; Richardson, 7.6.

    Ingram had 18 TDs, Richardson had 7 TDs–and, if you consider ‘touches,’ Ingram scored a TD once every 14.4 times he touched the ball; Richardson scored once every 23.3 times he touched the ball.

    Further, Richardson had a disproportionate number of carries (relative to Ingram) against non-BCS opponents, where he seriously fattened up (35-265, 4 TDs).

    Richardson’s stats against some of Bama’s opponents:

    Kentucky: 14-26 (Ingram: 22-140)
    South Carolina: 5-13 (Ingram: 24-246)
    Tennessee: 8-18 (Ingram: 18-99)

    In fact, against all BCS opponents, Richardson averaged 4.1 ypc; Ingram averaged 5.9 ypc.

    Yes, Richardson had a better game against Auburn. That’s it.

    Richardson is a good back, and will likely end up being a very good back, but there’s no comparison between these two right now.

    So please, will all of you pushing this claim just stop embarrassing yourselves?

  19. Heismanpundit December 7, 2009 at 3:27 pm #

    Solon, if you actually watch the two run, you can see that Richardson is the better back. Faster, stronger, better balance, more power, better vision. Other than in those areas, Ingram is more skilled.

    Which back averaged more yards per carry against Florida (the best defense either back faced)? Gee, guess you forgot that neato stat!

  20. Dave December 7, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    exactly, Richardson averaged 8 yards per carry against Florida and Ingram 4 ypc.

  21. Solon December 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm #

    HP–first off, I’m not so sure Richardson’s faster than Ingram.

    Second, if Richardson actually had “better vision” and “better balance”, I suggest he starts using them to gain more yards before he goes down. Otherwise people might not realize how good he is.

    But that’s what’s wonderful about obscure comments based on nothing but your own perception–you can claim whatever you want to with them.

    Care to explain how Ingram manages to get almost 2 ypc more than Richardson in games that matter? Do defenses just decide to step it up when Richardson comes into the game, because they’re fired up about finally facing a good back?

    (Incidentally, good call on the Florida game…but I guess that Upchurch is the real star in that backfield, since he had more ypc than either Ingram or Richardson. Wow, it’s amazing how many yards you can gain when the other team realizes it’s a lost cause.)

  22. Rush December 7, 2009 at 9:33 pm #

    I love how McCoy scrambled and did the game saving pass to the out of bounds and made it special dramatic. I know he knew the officials would put more time on the clock because he’s one of the BCS Heisman candidates that Nissan Really wants to Win. Oh, and to all you people saying the Heisman is not a career cumulative award I say….Vaginal fluid. McCoy looks like a Bug and plays like a Bug. He’ll never do anything at any over level but lets honor his buggishness. I agree that any of the other Top Ten Teams Beats Texas heads up. But he looks like a bug. Cool

  23. Julio December 7, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    Gerhart deserves it but one of Ingram or McCoy will get it because thats what Nissan and Espn and ABC and CBS really want.

  24. Madonna December 7, 2009 at 9:39 pm #

    How funny. People trying to be logical. Look. The good news is that it’s not going to the human proselytizer Tim Twingbo. We will only have to here him say “God Bless” one more time. I heard at one of the Florida frat parties they put eye black on him and painted links to demonic quotes of scripture. God Bless.


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