Heisman Watch: The Final Ballot
The 2009 college football regular season is come to a close, and all the bowl matchups are set. This year’s Heisman race was as tight as any and several top candidates had a chance to make their case this week in conference championship games. Here are my final rankings:
Mark Ingram, Alabama RB: Assuming most voters waited until this week’s games were played to submit their ballots, Ingram is my pick to bring home the 2009 Heisman Trophy. Ingram had an amazing game in Alabama’s dominating victory over top-ranked Florida in the SEC Championship game, rushing for 113 yards and 3 touchdowns and also had 76 receiving yards. Ingram was the difference maker for the Crimson Tide, as the Florida defense could not contain him. For the season Ingram rushed for 1542 yards and 15 touchdowns and had 30 receptions for 322 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ingram is arguably the best player on the best team, and I believe he will strike the pose in New York this Saturday.
Colt McCoy, Texas QB: McCoy got himself back in the race with a huge game against Texas A&M on Thanksgiving night, but his performance in the Big 12 Championship Game, throwing for just 184 yards with 3 interceptions and a rushing touchdown. McCoy did lead the Longhorns on a game winning drive late in the 4th quarter, leading to the game winning field goal as time expired. This season, McCoy threw for 3512 yards and 27 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 348 yards and 3 touchdowns. If voters submitted their ballots before conference championship games, McCoy may be the favorite to take home the Heisman.
Toby Gerhart, Stanford RB: Gerhart was off as Stanford finished the regular season against Notre Dame. Gerhart had arguably his best game of the season against the Irish, rushing for 205 yards and 3 touchdowns and even threw a touchdown pass in the shootout victory for the Cardinal. Gerhart has been the key to Stanford’s resurgence this year rushing for 1736 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2009. Gerhart is the darkhorse in this race, and is the only other candidate that I believe has a shot to win the Heisman.
Tim Tebow, Florida QB: Tebow’s 2009 regular season ended on a bitter note with the crushing loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship. Tebow threw for 247 yards with a touchdown and an interception and added 63 yards on the ground, but Tebow could not get the Gators into the endzone against the tough Alabama defense. This season Tebow threw for 2413 yards and 18 touchdowns with 5 interceptions and rushed for 859 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Gators. I do not think Tebow will win the Heisman this year, but he will probably be invited to New York and be remembered as one of the greatest college football players of all time.
Kellen Moore, Boise State QB: Moore was one of the most impressive quarterbacks in the college football this season, leading the Broncos to another undefeated regular season and a BCS bowl berth. Moore threw for 272 yards and a touchdown in their regular season finale, a 42-7 victory over New Mexico State. For the season, Moore threw for 3325 yards and 39 touchdowns with just 3 interceptions. Moore deserves an invite to New York for the work he has done in leading Boise State to another perfect regular season.
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