The Heismanpundit Heisman Poll, Sept. 22
1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–55 (7)
2. Jahvid Best, RB, California–53 (5)
3. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–43 (1)
4. Jacory Harris, QB, Miami–17
5. Case Keenum, QB, Houston–8
6. Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee–5
7. Daryll Clark, QB, Penn State–4
Jake Locker, QB, Washington–4
Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State–4
10. Jevan Snead, QB, Mississippi–2
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.
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, owner of Heismanpundit.com, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.
Cal running back Jahvid Best is surging in this race now and it’s no wonder after scoring five touchdowns against Minnesota. While Tebow and McCoy are obviously great players, Best provides a lot of the razzle dazzle that the voters crave and that has perhaps been lacking from the venerable quarterback duo in the early going. If Best can keep it up these next two weeks against Oregon and USC, he might take over this race. Keep an eye on Miami’s Jacory Harris, the latest dark horse to emerge.
From a Voter
“For me, this was the week preseason preconceptions gave way to what’s actually happening on the field. In the wake of an inspiring but workmanlike afternoon from Tebow; and another halting first half from McCoy, it was a no-brainer to elevate the sensational Jahvid Best to the top of my ballot after his five-TD performance on the road against much-improved Minnesota.”– Austin Murphy, Sports Illustrated
Heisman Game of the Week
No. 6 Cal at Oregon. This game would have a higher profile if the Ducks hadn’t flopped against Boise State in week one, but it is a possible trap game for the Bears, who could be looking ahead to USC the following week. The good news for Best: No rain in the forecast and a chance to fly on field turf against a suspect defense. Fun note: Best has scored more touchdowns this season than 40 teams in the FBS.
Player to Watch
Jacory Harris, Miami. Harris and the Hurricanes head to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech this Saturday. He’s one of the hottest players in the country right now, but playing in this venue will be a challenge. Voters will be keeping a close eye on this game and Harris has a chance to make a big impression by leading Miami to a win. If that happens, he’ll have no time to rest on his laurels as Oklahoma is up next.
This Week in Heisman History
Eddie George rushed for 207 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries to lead No. 7 Ohio State to a 45-26 win over Notre Dame in 1995. “All I know is I played a game against Notre Dame to the best of my ability,” said George afterward. “If I’m up for Heisman consideration, that’s great.” He went on to win the trophy that year, beating out Nebraska’s Tommy Frazier and Florida’s Danny Wuerffel.