Heisman Pundit poll

College Football Heisman Watchfrom A Voter

December 02, 2009

Total points with first-place votes in parentheses

PLAYERPOS.TEAMPTS. (1ST) 1. Colt McCoyQBTexas 58 (7) 2. Toby GerhartRBStanford47 (3) 3. Mark IngramRBAlabama28 (10) 4. Tim TebowQBFlorida24 5. Kellen MooreQBBoise State13 (1) 6. Golden TateWRNotre Dame10 (1) 7. Case KeenumQBHouston7 8. C.J. SpillerRBClemson5 9. Jordan ShipleyWRTexas210. Jeremiah MasoliQBOregon110. Ndamukong SuhDTNebraska 110. Jacquizz RodgersRBOregon State1

"I've been going back and forth all season trying to sort out who is the most outstanding player. I look at it this way: If you take that player away from his team, how would that team do? To me, Florida has more athletes and more weapons than Texas, so if you take McCoy out of that mix, there's no way Texas comes close to playing for the title. You can say something similar with Tebow, but I think the Gators still probably could get it done. To me this signifies someone who is truly outstanding. So, right now, it's McCoy by the slimmest hair over Tebow. But I'm going to remember what Gerhart did against Notre Dame. I'm going to weigh that against Tebow and McCoy's games on Saturday." - B.J. Schecter, Sports Illustrated

HP's thoughts: McCoy finally has 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 victory over Nebraska on Saturday, he will become the third Heisman winner from Texas and just the fifth player to win after coming in second the year before. Should McCoy slip up in a loss to the Cornhuskers, 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 now are long shots to win the 2009 trophy, the SEC title game could have a profound effect on the race, as both will draw significant support when the ballots are tallied.

Player to watch: A preseason favorite to win the Heisman (including HP), McCoy actually has lived up to expectations. Not only has he had 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 ballots were cast for the inaugural Heisman, awarded to the University of Chicago's Jay Berwanger in early December 1935. Actually the award was then called the Downtown Athletic Club's Trophy to the Outstanding College Football Player East of the Mississippi River. In October 1936, John Heisman, then the DAC's director of athletics, died and the award was named in his honor.

About the poll: The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll is made up of 13 Heisman voters. 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 and so on.

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.

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