Heisman Pundit poll

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HEISMAN WATCHFROM THE VOTERS

December 09, 2009

Total points with first-place votes in parentheses

PLAYERPOS.TEAMPTS (1ST) 1. Mark IngramRBAlabama46 (4) 2. Toby GerhartRBStanford43 (2) 3. Ndamukong SuhDTNebraska 36 (4) 3. Colt McCoyQBTexas 36 (1) 5. Kellen MooreQBBoise State11 (1) 6. Tim TebowQBFlorida7 6. C.J. SpillerRBClemson7 8. Golden TateWRNotre Dame5 (1) 9. LaMichael JamesRBOregon210. Case KeenumQBHouston110. Jeremiah MasoliQBOregon1"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. " - SI.com's Stewart Mandel

"Spiller may be more exciting and Gerhart more punishing, but no running back has been more effective against a tougher schedule than Ingram." - B.J. Schecter, Sports Illustrated

"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." - Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune

"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." - Olin Buchanon, Rivals.com

"I voted McCoy based on his body of work and the fact Texas doesn't have a superior running back like Ingram to create a balanced offense. Even though he didn't have a special game against Nebraska, he was there at the end." - Dick Weiss, New York Daily News

HP's thoughts: One of the most unpredictable Heisman races in recent memory is in the books and now the suspense of Saturday's award ceremony awaits us.

The big story is the late surge by Suh, who potentially could cost McCoy the Heisman thanks not only to his numerous sacks in the Big 12 title game, but also his siphoning of votes in McCoy's home region in the Southwest.

Meanwhile, Gerhart looks to be going toe-to-toe with Ingram. Either one looks to have the strength to come out on top.

And while Tebow was not especially popular among the HP panel, he is off to New York because plenty of other voters think he is deserving.

History in the making: 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 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 (no, Charles Woodson doesn't count because he returned kicks and played offense too).

Also, Suh looks to have the highest finish by a defensive tackle since Steve Emtman took fourth in 1991.

Next year's race: It's never too early to look at next year's front-runners. In no particular order: Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State; Ingram, Alabama; Keenum, Houston; Kellen Moore, Boise State; Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State; Jeremiah Masoli, Oregon; Jacory Harris, Miami; Ryan Mallett, Arkansas; Noel Devine, West Virginia; Michael Floyd, Notre Dame; LaMichael James, Oregon.

The importance of regions: This race will come down to how the six Heisman regions shake out. Expect Gerhart to win the West, Ingram to win the South and McCoy to take the Southwest.

That leaves the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic as the deciding battlegrounds. Ingram's status as a favorite son from Flint, Mich., could be an important factor in deciding the winner.

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