The Heisman Trophy: Who Will Win It, but Who Should Win It

Ron ClementsCorrespondent INovember 7, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Cougars throws the ball against the Tulane Green Wave at the Louisiana Superdome on October 17, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Tim Tebow love is just crazy.

I know he’s the quarterback for the nation’s top-ranked team and the defending BCS champions. (I refuse to say Florida is the defending national champions, because it’s not. Utah is still my 2008 national champion.)

Tebow threw two pick sixes against Mississippi State and fumbled twice in another game. Those aren’t Heisman worthy acts.

Tebow has only thrown for 10 touchdowns, rushed for eight more. And has thrown four interceptions. He’s accounting for less than 2,000 yards of total offense. That’s not exactly impressive.

While I believe Texas quarterback Colt McCoy will get the Heisman this year, I don’t think he deserves it.

Sure, Texas is undefeated, and McCoy’s got decent stats. He’s completing 72 percent of his passes for nearly 2,000 yards with 15 touchdown passes. But those aren’t even close to Heisman numbers.

The Heisman is not a team award, it’s an individual award, and is supposed to go to college football’s “Most Outstanding Player.” That’s not Tebow, and it’s not McCoy.

This year, that is Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh. The kid is just sick. He’s got 13 tackles for a loss with five sacks. He’s also got an interception, and a forced fumble on his resume, and has blocked a pair of field goals. He’s just been a dominant force for the Huskers, and is near the top of most NFL draft boards.

Another defensive player worthy of Heisman talk, but getting none, is Wisconsin’s O’Brien Schofield, who leads the nation in tackles for a loss with 16-1/2 and also has 6 1/2 sacks.

As far as an offensive player, I really don’t understand the Jimmy Clausen hype. He’s got good numbers (2,318 passing yards, 18 TDs, two INTs), but isn’t even the best offensive player on his own team.

If the Golden Domer Homers want to promote a Notre Dame player, they should be pushing Golden Tate, not Clausen, who, in my opinion is more Rick Mirer than Joe Montana. Tate has 927 receiving yards, and has caught half of Clausen’s TD tosses. Tate also returns punts, and has two rushing touchdowns.

All that being said, I think the best offensive player in the country this year has been Houston’s Case Keenum, and it’s not even close. Keenum’s numbers are crazy sick.

While leading his team to a 7-1 record, and wins over Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Mississippi State, Keenum has nearly 3,300 passing yards, has thrown for 25 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He’s also rushed for three touchdowns. In Houston’s inexplicable 58-41 loss at UTEP, Keenum threw for over 400 yards and five touchdowns.

Then there’s Alabama running back Mark Ingram, who is also having a great season for an unbeaten team. He’s got over 1,000 rushing yards (1,200 yards from scrimmage) and 11 total touchdowns. The stigma is off of sophomores winning the Heisman, thanks to the last two winners—Tebow and Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.

Ingram is currently at the top of ESPN’s Heisman poll, but that doesn’t mean he’ll get the award, although he does deserve it more than McCoy or Tebow.

Just not more than Suh or Keenum.

If I had a vote, my Heisman top five would look like this:

1. Suh
2. Keenum
3. Ingram
4. Schofield
5. Tate

This column can also be found at The Alton Telegraph .