The Heisman Poll–Final Call!

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The final Heisman Poll of the season is in and Alabama running back Mark Ingram is the leader following his 113-yard rushing performance against No. 1 Florida in the SEC title game.

Ingram grabbed four first-place votes and totaled 46 points to retake the top spot back from Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.

“I moved Ingram to the top of my ballot around mid-season, and nothing has made me change my mind,” said one voter. “What he did Saturday against a quality Florida defense was my final validation.”

The vote by the weekly panel of 13 Heisman voters was hardly a slam dunk for the sophomore running back, however, and the race appears to be very muddled going into Saturday’s Heisman ceremony.  Stanford’s Toby Gerhart (43 points, 2 first-place votes), Texas’ McCoy (36 points, 1 first-place vote) and Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh (36 points, 4 first-place votes) all garnered significant support.  A total of six different players received first-place votes, tying the poll’s season high.

Voter commentary reflected the split:

“It’s long past time Heisman voters abandon their traditional, restrictive criteria and award the “most outstanding player,” regardless of position. Suh was hands down the most dominant player in the country on either side of the ball, and his performance in the Big 12 title game firmly solidified his stature. ”

“C.J. Spiller may be more exciting and Toby Gerhart more punishing, but no running back has been more effective against a tougher schedule than Ingram.”

“Golden Tate is as outstanding as he is underrated. Why he isn’t getting more Heisman love is beyond me.  He should not be penalized because his team stunk.”

“Toby Gerhart was consistently excellent this season. He never had a bad game. Stanford’s four losses or his lack of playing on the final weekend should not be held against him.”

Since ultimately you can’t take a cash advance to buy more votes, some sort of history is sure to be made on Saturday.  Ingram could become Alabama’s first Heisman winner or runner up, while McCoy could become the first Heisman runner up to come back and win the award since Herschel Walker did it in 1982.  Meanwhile, Gerhart would be the first non-USC winner from the Pac-10 since 1970 and Suh would be the first pure defensive player to win.

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.

The Final Heisman Poll, 12/7/09
Total points, with first place votes in parantheses

1. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama–46 (4)

2. Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford–43 (2)

3. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–36 (1)

    Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska–36 (4)

5. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State–11 (1)

6. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–7

    C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson–7

8. Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame–5 (1)

9. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon–2

10. Case Keenum, QB, Houston–1

     Jeremiah Masoli, QB, Oregon–1

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75 Responses to The Heisman Poll–Final Call!

  1. Anonymous December 9, 2009 at 7:02 am #

    All u bama fans are idiots. Stats is what its all about. Your boy ingram had 5 games under 100yds and 9 where he scored only 0-1 td. And not to mention 3 games where he wasn’t even the leading rusher on his team. And about those second defenses only one ingram faced was ranked better than 40th. Avg. Was 78 compared to gerharts avg 58. And tht doesn’t include chatt since there are D2. Mark ingram isn’t a hesiman. If he wins he will have the least amount of yards for any heisman rb

  2. Gunny December 9, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    Yes, Anonymous (is that Alcoholics Anonymous?)I am an idiot. I made the mistake of saying that all of the players are deserving and good. To a person using abolutes like “all Alabama fans”, you not interested in what someone is saying, only in what you are thinking. You are the type that makes adults remember grade school.

  3. Anonymous December 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    Gunny, I was mainly taliking about brandon. Sorry if I included u in tht comment but I live in alabama and have to put up with ignorant fans everyday. Most bama fans are just tht bama fans not football fans if they have a descent season then god almighty they are the greatest. The bear bryant days are over.

  4. MIKE December 9, 2009 at 12:09 pm #

    Anonymous is a booger eater

  5. Steve December 9, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    So Anonymous, you say you live in Alabama but you are not a Bama fan. That explains a lot! You’re a typical jealous Auburn fan that is going to cheer for Auburn and anything that can go against Bama. I could care less if Ingram wins or not. All I care about is the National Championship. What if Ben Tate were up for the heisman with the same numbers as Ingram, would you be on here trying to sell Gerhart then. The bottom line is it doesn’t matter what any of us think. When the winner is announced, he will be the Heisman winner…whether we think he deserves it or not.

  6. gregt December 9, 2009 at 3:38 pm #

    Gerhart is the best running back and anyone who talks about the “tough” defenses that Ingram faced ought to do their homework. Add up the rushing yards allowed by Alabama’s opponents and they will average 157.1 yards a game (excluding Div. II Chattanooga). Stanford’s opponents gave up 156.8 yards/game. Pretty much the same. At the same time, Gerhart ran for 137.5 yards/game vs. Ingram’s 108. Gerhart ran for 88% of the opponents rushing yards allowed during the season, Ingram ran for 69%. Toby is 20% better against the same quality of opponents. And he did this with less of a passing attack than Alabama had.

    Don’t dring the SEC hype kool-aid!

  7. CAM December 9, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

    Gerhart had more yards and more attempts. Ingram didn’t, and couldn’t have carried as much as he was hurt at times. You have to give credit to a guy who can carry the ball that many times and keep going. I seem to remember the game Ingram had with Auburn. Saban didn’t give ingram the ball more, both against Auburn and in general, because he couldn’t handle more carries.

    It’s simply inappropriate to extrapolate Ingram’s ypc. Gerhart took more punishment because he could, and Ingram couldn’t.

    Gerhart should win. SEC is way over rated this season. Bama is good. Well about as good at Texas…may the least average of the two non-deserving teams win. Talk about a game that anyone outside of Texas and Alabama could care less about. I personally am much more interested in the more hungry of the undefeated teams.

  8. Anonymous December 9, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    Hopefully this shuts up a lot of the people on here. Texas struggled against a decent defense – they almost lost to OK and to NEB. That was the only two defenses they faced. McCoy can’t handle a good defense, let alone a great one. Gerhart doesn’t have the speed to play in the SEC. He might break 1000 yards, but tackling is tighter and he would have more than likely suffered an injury going up against NFL type defenses. Granted everyone argues that he faced better rushing defenses… really? I mean it couldn’t be because the Pac 10 is pass happy and no one else has a decent running back? There isn’t another good running back out of the Big 10 nor the Pac 10, which means every defense over there looks good against the rush. Hell most of the QBs have more rushing yards than the RBs (just joking, but not really). And Suh?!? You’re joking. The guy is a great DT. He had 12 sacks in a single season. That’s nice. Derrick Thomas had 27 sacks in a single season setting the record and finished 10th in voting. Suh doesn’t even come close to having the number of tackles and tackles for loss that real defenses have. And finally to put this to bed… Suh’s sacks came against weak opponents. Ark St, Missouri, Iowa St, Baylor, KAN St, and Colorado (he only had 1… repeat 1 sack in each of those games). Yeah he had a great game against Tx. Guess what, so did OK. They held Colt to 127 yards, he barely had over 50% passing, and was sacked in that game as well. Yeah Tx is undefeated, but they squeaked their way there. You guys really need to check your facts first. Oh and Ingram… he was held to only 30+ yards against an in-state rival who put 9 guys in the box and told its players to key on him every time he was on the field. AU could have cared less about the pass. Alabama could have drummed them to death with deep throws, but the coaching was poor due to everyone looking past it to Florida. I wonder how that one turned out?!?!

  9. Anonymous December 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm #

    Lastly, for Stanford to be such a snooty school known for its scholars… it has some real idiots. Of course, last time I went to California I didn’t meet anyone worth a damn anyway. Must be the smog that prevents them from thinking clearly.

  10. James December 9, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

    Gerhart averaged 200.3 yards per game against ranked opponents. So much for the ‘Gerhart didn’t get his yards against tough-enough teams’ argument.

    I’m also tired of the argument that the Pac-10 is so much worse than the SEC. The Pac 10 was 5-0 last year in bowl games and has a winning record since 2000 against SEC teams. The Pac-10 also had a higher percentage of ranked teams this year than any other conference. In addition, two of the last three of the SEC’s recent national championships have also been won against a certain overrated Big Ten team, which I think we can all agree has never been as good as the top tier SEC, Big 12, and Pac-10 teams (I will admit, in line with that comment, that the Florida win over Oklahoma in 2009 was a legit statement of dominance).

    This all goes to my point that the top of the SEC is probably the best in the country, but the Pac-10 had superior depth this year. To put all of the Pac-10/SEC hostility aside, I think Pac-10 and SEC fans should just come together in a satisfying mutual statement of mutual feeling: The Big Ten is, and will be for the foreseeable future, much worse than either of our conferences. Can’t we at least feel good about that?

  11. dave December 10, 2009 at 12:57 am #

    CJ spiller had the flu and was puking during the south carolina game… they only gave him 9 carries… he still returned the opening kickoff for a td… he had turf toe all year and took the coastal carolina game “off” (5 carries)…

    he is easily the most outstanding player in the country… team success/recognition should have no influence on this individual award

  12. Dartagnan December 10, 2009 at 5:12 am #

    It is nonsense to say Ingram didn’t run as much as Gerhart simply because he was hurt all the time. When was Ingram hurt??? In the late 4th quarter against AU? That’s it. He sat out on the last drive only.

    Ingram doesn’t play as much because Bama is a more balanced offense, not relying strictly on the rushing game, and they also have Trent Richardson, a five star freshman and future Heisman candidate, to share playing time with Ingram. Stanford has Gerhart and nothing else.

    Ingram also rushes in the toughest conference and averages more per carry. The rushing defenses in the PAC-10 are a bunch of marshmellows.

  13. Phil December 10, 2009 at 9:35 am #

    The most dominating or best college football player – has to be Suh. That player alone can change the course of a game not to mention an opposing teams gameplan during the game. It is not his fault that his teams offense couldn’t get the job done, but he definitely can do it all. I would vote Suh 1. Gerhart 2. and Ingram 3.

  14. Bruce December 10, 2009 at 6:33 pm #


  15. Anonymous December 11, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    Alabama will be commissioning 2 new statues to be placed in front of Bryant Denney stadium.


  16. Anonymous December 11, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    The Heisman was McCoy’s until his offensive line let him down. Suh took his votes. Tebow should not be top 5 this year.

    Unbiased Ranking should be;

    1. Ingram
    2. Gerhart
    3. McCoy

    Suh would barely be top ten except he had a monster game at the right time. They should create a separate Heisman for defensive players. There’s been lots of defensive players with much better stats that were never ranked so high but they didn’t throw McCoy to the ground like a rag doll at just the perfect time.

  17. Brian December 11, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

    If you name is Manning and you play Quarterback, even when you are putting up AMAZING numbers over your career, and putting up better Senior year numbers than Danny Weurfel the year before – you will be ROBBED of the trophy by ESPN as it pimps the RoseBowl on ABC instead of the Orange Bowl on a competing network. (Yes, I am a Tennessee Fan and we are STILL bitter 11 years later).

  18. Narcat December 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm #

    Yes, it seems the voters are fickle, basing much of their decision on a single game…hmmm. I can only imagine that is why Colt McCoy was overlooked last year; not making the Big 12 Chmpionship through a fluke…and thus the focus shifted to Sam Bradford. Not to take anything away from the other candidates, but if the voters can overlook McCoy’s remarkable college career completion percentage (which they couldn;t remember last year) clearly it will be the rest of us who have to remark on it. Cheers Colt, your career completion percentage was an amazing accomplishment!

  19. Pappy December 12, 2009 at 7:35 am #

    The fact is that the persons tasked to vote on The Best college Football Player in 2009 are biased and focus on three things:
    1. They pick a player from the offense that produces points(yards) and wins.
    2. The voters are biased to pick a player from their geographical area.
    3. They are somewhat biased, based on the number of games they have seen televised.
    The biases makes the trophy impressive but flawed

    This year there is no doubt that SUH is the best, most outstanding player in America. Failing to recognize this shows the flaw in Heisman voters.

  20. B December 12, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    Why is McCoy still 3rd? That alone shows how f’ed up this award and college football in general is.

    The guy just got beat down by Suh. That alone should end that tie. Not to mention the fact that he nearly and should have cost his team the NC game.

    McCoy and Tebow haven’t done anything this year. If they weren’t good enough to get it last year, they certainly weren’t good enough this year.

  21. Will December 12, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    I wanted to explain to fans who have posted here why Auburn fans are not for Ingram. It isn’t just because the two schools are rivals. Auburn fans feel that because they have two Heisman winners the Award is “an Auburn thing”. After the game this year the AU fans were bragging about keeping Ingram from winning. Go figure…

  22. Chris December 12, 2009 at 7:27 pm #

    Congrats to Ingram. All were excellent candidates. Good job Heismanpundit on your prediction.

  23. Colt? December 12, 2009 at 8:41 pm #

    McCoy is anti-clutch.

    He had what, one good game this year?

    Way to award him the O-Brien.


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