The HeismanPundit.com 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 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, 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 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 of HeismanPundit.com coordinates and also votes in the poll.
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.